Ariana Grande and her new love interest, Ethan Slater, were recently spotted enjoying a romantic evening at the MO Lounge in New York City's Mandarin Oriental hotel. The 30-year-old pop sensation, who recently finalized her divorce from Dalton Gomez, and Slater, 31, were seen sitting closely at a private table with a breathtaking view of the city.
Onlookers reported that the two performers appeared to be incredibly affectionate and flirty during their intimate dinner. Ethan, who shares a one-year-old son with his estranged wife Lilly Jay, was seen affectionately touching Ariana's midriff.
This dinner date comes amidst ongoing scrutiny of the timeline of their relationship. Reports initially surfaced about Ariana and Ethan dating back in July, while Ariana was in the process of divorcing Dalton and Ethan was ending his marriage to Lilly.
Ariana and Dalton's divorce settlement stipulates that Ariana will not be legally single until March 19, 2024. The couple had a solid prenuptial agreement in place. Currently, Ariana, with an estimated net worth of $240 million, is reportedly residing with Slater in New York City.
Meanwhile, Dalton Gomez was recently photographed sharing a kiss with actress Maika Monroe earlier this month. Instead of spousal support, Ariana is providing Dalton with a single, tax-free payment of $1,250,000. She is also covering $25,000 of Dalton's attorney fees.
Timing Raises Relationship Questions
Ariana's fans have expressed skepticism about her whirlwind romance with Ethan, particularly after recent photos of the couple surfaced. Some have raised questions about the timing of their respective divorces, with one person online asking, "Didn't she just get divorced last month, and wasn't he married recently as well?" The couple first crossed paths in December 2022 on the set of the film adaptation of the Broadway musical Wicked, where Ariana plays Glinda, the good witch, and Ethan portrays munchkin Boq.
Both couples announced their splits within days of each other, with Ariana revealing her separation from Dalton just three days before confirming her relationship with Ethan, who subsequently filed for divorce from Lilly, citing irreconcilable differences and seeking joint custody of their son.
Lilly has been outspoken in disparaging Ariana in various interviews, stating that the pop star is "not a girl's girl" and lamenting that her family has been collateral damage in the situation. She is determined to move forward as a single mother.
Ariana filed for divorce on September 18, with the date of separation listed as February 20, 2023. Sources suggest that the ex-couple worked out their details before officially filing for divorce, explaining the delay between their separation and filing.
This high-profile romance continues to captivate the public's attention, with fans and onlookers closely following the developments in Ariana Grande and Ethan Slater's relationship.
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