Multiple sources reported Thursday (Jul. 20, 2023) that Ariana Grande is Dating her Wicked co-star Ethan Slater, who is also separated from his own wife, Lilly Jay.

Sources close to the Couple told TMZ that Grande and Slater did not begin dating until after he was separated from Jay.

Slater, who plays Boq in the upcoming Wicked adaptation based on the hit Broadway musical, is most-known for starring in the SpongeBob SquarePants: The Broadway Musical, which earned him a Tony Award nomination.

Ethan Slater 37th Annual Lucille Lortel Awards
Ethan Slater attends the 37th Annual Lucille Lortel Awards at NYU Skirball Center on May 01, 2022 in New York City. (Photo by Eugene Gologursky/Getty Images for Lucille Lortel Theatre)

The pair’s dating news came just two months after Slater gave a heartfelt shoutout to Jay ― his high school sweetheart ― on social media in May for Mother’s Day. Slater and Jay welcomed a baby boy last year, whose name they have yet to reveal.

“Happy first Mother’s Day to the most loving caring and wonderful mom/person in the world,” Slater captioned the since-deleted Instagram post, alongside a glimpse of their son’s shadow. “―from me and this little guy,” the actor added.

Slater, 31, married Jay in 2018, while Grande, 30, tied the knot with Gomez in May 2021.

Ethan Slater 2018 Outer Critics Circle Theatre Awards
Ethan Slater attends the 2018 Outer Critics Circle Theatre Awards at Sardi’s on May 24, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images)

Sources told TMZ that Grande had no issue with Gomez moving on after reports surfaced that he had been dating other people for months amid the split.

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“They came to the decision together,” an insider told Page Six. “They were having problems before January, but they want to remain best friends.”

The “Thank U, Next” crooner has since removed all remnants of her wedding from her Instagram account.



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