Nickelodeon star-turned-pop music supernova Ariana Grande’s love life has gotten more attention than an open bottle of sarsaparilla at a bee farm, and the scrutiny has not been easy on her. (Sure, her voice otherworldly, but may we not forget that she is only human.) So this time around, she is limiting how much of her love life she puts out into the world. Given her level of celebrity, pulling her personal life out of the spotlight is not exactly an easy task, but she seems set on keeping her relationship with real estate agent Dalton Gomez significantly more private than, say, some of her previous romances.
When Florence Pugh posted about her own relationship with Zach Braff on Instagram Stories in April 2020, Grande shared the Midsommar actor’s post and wrote (via People), "Sharing special, personal life things that make u happy on the internet can be truly traumatic. I know I’ve taken a step back from doing so to protect my loved ones and myself but I just wanted to share this and let u know how perfectly u expressed this and how appreciated u are for doing so."
The "God Is a Woman" singer has posted here and there about Gomez, but for the most part? The relationship cards remain close to her vest. And yes, in this particular case, when we say "vest," we mean "iconic ponytail."
This relationship flew under the radar for a bit
Most of Ariana Grande’s past relationships caught the eye of the public right away, but the incredibly famous pop star’s relationship with Dalton Gomez managed to stay out of the limelight for a little while. On March 25, 2020, TMZ reported Grande and Gomez were in a relationship, and that relationship had been going on for "several months" already. The day the TMZ scoop broke, People and Us Weekly also reported the two were dating. People‘s source said Grande and Gomez’s thing began in January.
It was not an accident that Grande and Gomez’s relationship remained under wraps for many months. As a source told ET, "Ariana has had some hesitation being so public about her relationship with Dalton as she’s seen how that has worn on her past relationships." This also came up in the aforementioned People report, where an insider said that Grande "doesn’t want to do another public relationship so she is trying to keep this one quiet." The source also shared that the "7 Rings" singer "seems very happy with Dalton." Grande has been in multiple high-profile relationships over the last few years, and evidently, she was not in any sort of rush to put this one on display for all the world to see. Alas, it would not (or could not?) fly under the radar forever.
They had a make-out session at a mall restaurant
Before entertainment news outlets spilled that Ariana Grande was dating Dalton Gomez, TMZ released a video of Grande making out with a dude at a chain restaurant at a Northridge, California mall. In February 2020, Grande, a "mystery man," and some of their friends went to Bar Louie at Northridge Fashion Center and hung out for about half an hour. Grande and the "mystery man" smooched in what was apparently a very well-lit booth, and a patron who was seated across from them caught the moment on camera.
At the time, the identity of the "mystery man" was, well, a mystery, but as TMZ pointed out, he almost definitely was not Mikey Foster. In 2019, rumors bubbled up that Grande was romantically involved with the Social House member, but the two never confirmed that they were dating. In March 2020, a source told HollywoodLife that Grande and Foster called it after nine months, but there was not any "real drama to worry about." Another insider claimed to HollywoodLife that it was "a fling that was fun but it wasn’t ever going to lead into something super serious," and they "are totally cool about it" not working out. Another source told HollywoodLife that when Foster saw the video of Grande with the "mystery man," he "realized things were officially done between him and Ariana." About a month after that video hit, word got out that the "mystery man" was Dalton Gomez.