Grande’s romance with her new husband (!) has been a whirlwind.
Ariana Grande is a married woman! Fans were shocked on May 17 when TMZ reported that she and Los Angeles-based real estate agent Dalton Gomez wed in a small ceremony over the weekend. Since Grande and Gomez began dating in January 2020, their love story has unfolded almost exclusively during quarantine and has therefore been decidedly more private than her previous relationships. In contrast to her 2018 engagement to actor Pete Davidson, the milestones of her and Gomez’s romance has not been publicly announced or shared on social media. The singer’s decision to keep this relationship private is totally her choice, and it’s pretty badass to pull off an entire wedding without the public finding out.
Despite Grande’s less-is-more attitude when it comes to sharing her current relationship with her fans, there are some key details we have to get you up to speed on the newlyweds’ journey. Here’s a timeline of Ariana Grande and Dalton Gomez’s romance, leading up to their recent secret wedding.
February 11, 2020: Ariana Grande and Dalton Gomez are spotted together for the first time
Just a few weeks before COVID-19 forced most of the world into quarantine, Grande is spotted with Gomez for the first time, kissing him in a bar in Los Angeles. A source close to the star later told People they had been dating since January 2020, adding that Ari didn’t want the relationship to be public and that “she is trying to keep this one quiet.” That, she did!
March 2020: The couple cozies up in quarantine
A source confirms that Grande and Gomez have been living together since the start of the pandemic and that the relationship is blossoming quietly but surely in quarantine.
May 8, 2020: Grande and Gomez make their first online appearance together
Capturing the lockdown vibes we’re all feeling, Grande and Gomez appear together for the first time in the music video for Grande and Justin Bieber’s song, “Stuck With U.” The video features clips of different people in quarantine, with a wholesome moment between Grande and Gomez slow dancing together at the end. So sweet!
June 27, 2020: Grande and Gomez share a birthday kiss
Ariana Grande celebrates her 27th birthday with a Midsommar-themed party, flower crowns and all. In an Instagram photo dump of the night, she included an adorable snap of her sharing a kiss with her then-boyfriend.
August 7, 2020: Ari gushes over her man on his birthday
Grande wishes Gomez a happy birthday on Instagram with a post that featured adorable kissing videos, couple selfies and a hilarious meme poking fun of what their future kids could look like. She captioned it, “hbd to my baby my best friend my fav part of all the days 🙂 i love u.” We’re not crying… you are!
October 30, 2020: Grande releases her Positions album… and there’s a lot to take in
With her signature bubblegum pop sound, Positions is filled with upbeat songs about love and lust. Fans were especially taken with “34+35” — which adds up to 69 (if you know, you know) — and “nasty” where she doesn’t hold back about her sex life with her new boo. Go off, Ari!
December 20, 2020: Grande and Gomez get engaged!?
Grande shocked fans yet again with an Instagram post announcing her new engagement to her nearly year-long boyfriend. Captioning the post, “forever n then some,” she shared pictures of the couple snuggling, as well as some up close shots of the unique ring designed by Gomez — a simple band that features a diamond and a pearl next to each other.
December 25, 2020: The couple spend their first Christmas together as fiancés
The newly engaged duo spend a cozy Christmas together with Grande’s family, and she shared some adorable pictures of the festivities on her Instagram.
April 2021: Grande and Gomez reportedly start planning their wedding
Grande and Gomez reportedly start planning their big day. Though most details are kept private, the couple is reportedly planning a small, COVID-safe wedding to be held in early summer.
May 17, 2021: We now pronounce you husband and wife!
And just like that, Grande and Gomez are married. The intimate wedding took place at their home in Montecito, California, with a guest list of less than 20 people. Since the news broke, the internet has been in a frenzy. Keeping with her ongoing pursuit of privacy, Ari has still not acknowledged the wedding on her social media, but a rep for the singer confirmed it to People, saying, “The room was so happy and full of love. The couple and both families couldn’t be happier.”
Now, we (patiently) await wedding pictures!