TMZ reported in late March that the man Ariana Grande was seen making out with around Valentine's Day is actually Los Angeles real estate agent Dalton Gomez, and he has been her new boyfriend for "several months," according to the outlet's Grande sources. People and E! independently reported the same news hours later: that Grande is off the market but has been keeping her new relationship private.
Grande and Gomez are quarantining together, and he has appeared on her Instagram Story, TMZ pointed out.
The singer confirmed their relationship in her "Stuck With U" music video on May 8. On May 26, Grande gave Gomez his first proper Instagram shoutout.
Gomez made his Instagram private right as news broke of their dating, but Grande does follow him.
Several of her friends, including Alfredo Flores, Scott Nicholson, and Courtney Chipolone, do too. So who is Gomez? Here, all you need to know about him and his relationship with Grande, including the songs on Positions that are about him.
Gomez works for Aaron Kirman Group as a luxury home realtor.
According to his bio on the site, Gomez was raised in southern California and has been working in the luxury real estate market for five years. He works with A-list buyers and has sold multi-million dollar homes.
TMZ points out he has other celebrity friends. He shared an Instagram Story of himself hanging out with Miley Cyrus in July 2017:
Gomez and Grande are quarantining together and secretly dated for months.
Gomez has appeared on Grande's social media, hanging on her couch and petting her dog. TMZ's Grande sources told the outlet that the two have "been seeing each other for several months now."
People's source confirmed that: Grande "has been with the same group of people for days,” the outlet's source said on March 25. “One of the people she is with right now is Dalton—they have been hanging out for a couple of months. Ariana doesn’t want to do another public relationship so she is trying to keep this one quiet, but she seems very happy with Dalton.”
Another source updated Entertainment Tonight on the couple's quarantine at the end of May. The insider said Grande is "in a really good place" but is in no rush to share her private life with him on social media. "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 [like with Pete Davidson and Mac Miller]," the source told ET, adding, "Dalton and Ariana are in Los Angeles together during quarantine, and it has been a great opportunity for them to spend quality time together."
Grande has shared public tributes to Gomez on both his and her birthdays.
While Grande hasn't shared extensive details about her relationship on social media, she has offered a little glimpse of it during her and Gomez's birthdays. In late June, Grande went 'gram official with Gomez in honor of her 27th birthday. She posted a series of photos, one of which was a cuddled up selfie of the couple. "almost 27 :)" she captioned the post.
After celebrating her 27th birthday with a Midsommar-themed birthday affair, Grande shared a few more snaps of herself and Gomez kissing.
For Gomez's birthday, Grande gave the biggest glimpse into their relationship yet on Instagram. She shared several photos and videos of the pair, writing, "hbd to my baby my best friend my fav part of all the days :) i love u." He wasn't tagged in the post, but she also hasn't disabled the comments—a difference from her last post featuring Gomez.
Grande shared the first footage of her and Gomez together in her and Justin Bieber's "Stuck With U" music video.
Grande confirmed her and Gomez's relationship during the final minute of "Stuck With U." The two appear dancing and showing PDA together. This is Grande's first public acknowledgement of their relationship.
Grande gave Gomez his first Instagram shoutout in late May.
Grande featured a clear shot and footage of Gomez on her Instagram Story on May 26. Gomez had helped her with her and Lady Gaga's Chromatica Weather Girls short. She captioned a shot of him creating "rain" for the video with "🥰😭" emojis. It was one of the first unobscured shots she has shared of him. Gomez was hooded in her "Stuck With U" music video, which was the first glimpse she gave the public of their relationship.
Gomez and Grande were first seen together in mid-February.
In February, footage came out of Grande making out with him at Bar Louie in Northridge, California. She arrived with him and her friends at 1 AM and stayed for about 30 minutes. Grande just had water there, TMZ reported at the time, while her friends drank. The guy she kissed "wasn't instantly recognizable."
Grande was last linked romantically to Social House's Mikey Foster. But multiple sources confirmed to ELLE in September that actually, Grande had been single. Grande and Gomez's relationship is her first remotely public one since her engagement to Pete Davidson ended in October 2018.
Grande and Gomez have many mutual friends.
No outlet has reported specifically on how the two met, but E! was told by a source at the end of March that the two share a lot of friends. "[They] run in the same circle," the source said. "He used to be a dancer, and they have many mutual friends. She's gotten to know him quickly with the quarantine. They've been spending a lot of one on one time at home."
Grande admitted she's purposely keeping her love life more private now.
Grande hasn't posted on social media about Gomez. She explained why days after news broke that they're dating. Grande wrote on a since-deleted Instagram Story that the internet's criticism of her personal life led her to choose to share less of it on social media.
Grande shared the video Florence Pugh posted defending her boyfriend Zach Braff after he was bullied by fans on Pugh's IG because of his and Pugh's 21-year age gap. "I am 24 years old," Pugh told those fans in her video. "I do not need you to tell me who I should and should not love. And I would never in my life ever, ever tell anyone who they can and cannot love. It is not your place. And really, it has nothing to do with you. So if those rules are something that you do not like, then please unfollow me because the abuse that you throw at him is abuse that you’re throwing at me."
Grande praised Pugh for her statement and wrote that it resonated deeply with her because of her own experience sharing her life online. "Sharing special, personal life things that make u happy on the internet can be truly traumatic," Grande said. "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 @florencepugh."
Gomez helped Grande find her current house in Los Angeles.
Sleuth fans noticed Grande follows both Gomez and his tattoo artist brother Dakota. One pointed out that Gomez and Aaron Kirman had the listing for the property she purchased. He also commented "This gurl cute" on her Instagram Live in March, the fan pointed out, to which Grande responded "I feel blessed."
A source confirmed this account to Us Weekly. “Ariana was looking for a home outside of Los Angeles to be her getaway house, and her team found Dalton to help,” the insider explained. “When she saw him, she immediately thought he was cute and very good-looking, and she asked her team to set up an in-person meeting with him. Ariana fell very hard for Dalton shortly after they met.”
Gomez is trying to keep private at this point, as news broke that he and Grande are dating.
The real estate agent and his family have gone private on Instagram. And while Grande has posted a little about Gomez, she keeps most of their relationship off of social media. Time will tell whether they eventually become more public or whether this is a relationship Grande truly tries to keep out of the limelight.
Seven-plus months in, a source says Gomez is who Grande "has been looking for," and things are serious.
The fact that Grande and Gomez are keeping their dating low-key isn't the only difference between him and her exes. A source told Us Weekly in late August that Gomez really takes care of her. Grande's previous boyfriends never “met her needs in the same way Dalton does. Her exes acted as though she was demanding and had crazy standards," the source said.
That source added that Gomez “is the type of guy she has been looking for. He’s very protective of her, will go out of his way for her and does little things that are chivalrous. Dalton will go above and beyond to meet her needs.”
Given that things have really escalated. Us's source said that “their relationship is serious. They’ve fallen madly in love with each other.”
A few days after this update on their relationship, Gomez attended the MTV VMAs by Grande's side. She posted a photo of the pair holding hands on Instagram, sneakily placing it as the last pic in the post.
He officially has a Grande album written about him.
October 30 marked a new era in Grande's music, and several songs on her sixth studio album seem to be about Gomez. In her first song, "Positions," Grande sings about wanting to "meet your mama on a Sunday" and "make a lotta love on Monday" in reference to her current relationship.
Other "Positions" lyrics nod to her new romance, including "Perfect, perfect / You're too good to be true (You're too good to be true)" and "Heaven sent you to me / I'm just hopin’ I don't repeat history" as she did with ex-fiancé Pete Davidson. However, Grande doesn't name Gomez outright as she did in the track, "thank u, next" with her past loves.
There are other nods to Gomez throughout the record. The explicit "34+35" lyrics paint a picture of the couple's sex life. It also talks about her desire to have a family with Gomez. "You might think I'm crazy/The way I've been cravin'/If I put it quite plainly/Just give me them babies," she sings, later belting, "who's counting the time when we got it for life?"
"Safety Net" is about Grande falling for Gomez after being hurt by past relationships. In that track, she sings, "You’re making me forget my past / Never thought I’d feel like that / I came to peace with my past / Now you got me off track."
The song "POV" also cements just how serious Grande and Gomez are. "I wanna love me / The way that you love me," she sings. "For all of my pretty / And all of my ugly too / I’d love to see me from your point of view."