EXCLUSIVE: Ariana Grande and new love Ethan Slater ‘are really happy and good for each other’ after pair visited Disneyland together with her friends and family – who ‘love him’
Ariana Grande and Ethan Slater are ‘really happy and good for each other’ after being spotted together at Disneyland for the first time with her loved ones.
The singer, 30, and the actor, 31, who enjoyed a casual date at the theme park last week amid their respective divorces, are enjoying their blossoming romance and ‘all of her friends love him,’ a source close to the star exclusively told DailyMail.com.
They said of the Disneyland trip: ‘They went with a big group of friends including Ariana’s mom and brother.
‘They are really happy and really good for each other. All of her friends love him.’
The Dangerous Woman songstress was seen strolling next to the Broadway star in photos shared by celebrity gossip page, DeuxMoi, on Instagram on Monday.
Strength to strength: Ariana Grande and Ethan Slater are ‘really happy and good for each other’ after being spotted together at Disneyland for the first time with her loved ones
Divorce filing: Their outing together comes just one week after Grande filed for divorce from husband and real estate agent Dalton Gomez, after two years of marriage
In the snaps, the pair could be seen linking arms while dressing down for their night at the popular amusement park.
Slater – who filed for divorce from wife Lilly Jay back in July – sported a black hooded sweatshirt as well as black, baggy sweatpants.
The former Nickelodeon star also threw on a black hoodie that she paired with a khaki, pleated skirt and comfy black shoes.
TMZ were first to report that Ariana and Ethan enjoyed their day out with family and friends.
Grande filed her divorce paperwork last week on September 18 – with ex Dalton Gomez also filing the same day.
In documents obtained by TMZ, Ariana’s lawyer, Laura Wasser, had cited the reason for their divorce as ‘irreconcilable differences’ with the date of separation listed as February 20, 2023.
Sources informed the outlet that all was ‘worked out’ between the former couple ‘before going to the courthouse’ and added the actress plans to ‘cut Dalton a check’ to officially dissolve the marriage.
The pair notably filed for divorce months after their listed date of separation, and an insider explained to TMZ that the reasoning was so that they could ‘iron out details and settle.’
According to the source, Grande and Gomez have ‘no hard feelings’ and added ‘they’ve been really caring and respectful of one another every step of this process.’
Separate ways: In documents obtained by TMZ , Ariana’s lawyer, Laura Wasser, had cited the reason for divorce as ‘irreconcilable differences’ with the date of separation listed as February 20, 2023
The Grammy winner and the real estate agent first began dating in January 2020 and the pair became engaged in December the same year.
In May 2021, the two said ‘I do’ during an intimate yet romantic wedding ceremony at her Montecito home. However, earlier this year in July, news of their shock split came to light.
A source close to the pair told DailyMail.com at the time of the breakup news that, ‘Ariana and Dalton have nothing but respect for one another. They’re still friends and want to remain that way moving forward.’
‘There was no cheating, no resentment between them, the marriage just simply didn’t work out. These things happen,’ the insider added.
According to Page Six, Gomez had flown out to London to visit Ariana – who had been filming the live adaptation of Wicked since December 2022 – in an attempt to fix their flailing marriage but it ‘didn’t work out.’
A separate insider informed Us Weekly, ‘Ariana and Dalton have been having some issues for months now.’
The two, ‘were having issues before she left for Wicked filming [in London] that they couldn’t resolve, and the distance did not help. They haven’t been speaking and are separated, and a divorce is likely.’
Slater, on his part, initially tied the knot with Lilly Jay back in 2018 and were high school sweethearts.
Amicable: According to the source, Grande and Gomez have ‘no hard feelings’ and added ‘they’ve been really caring and respectful of one another every step of this process’
Split: Slater, on his part, initially tied the knot with Lilly Jay back in 2018 and were high school sweethearts but he filed for divorce from Jay also in July; seen in 2018
In August 2022, the pair welcomed their first baby together – a son. However, the Broadway star filed for divorce from Lilly also in July, leaving her ‘devastated.’
While speaking exclusively to DailyMail.com, Lilly revealed that she has been looking on the positive side and putting her main focus on her baby boy after reportedly being ‘blindsided’ by the split.
‘I am focused on rebuilding a life for our son,’ she explained. ‘This is what I am trying to do and this is my only focus.’
An insider previously told DailyMail.com that, ‘Lilly hung out with Ethan and Ariana so many times. Ariana met their baby and even held him.’
‘They had dinners together in London – and Ariana told Lilly that she wanted to have a baby one day and that she couldn’t wait to start a family.’ The source also revealed that Jay traveled to London when Slater began filming for Wicked.
Earlier this month, a separate source informed DailyMail.com that both Ariana and Ethan are now living together as he prepares for Broadway production of Spamalot.
The pair – who first met in December 2022 on the UK set of Wicked – are said to be ‘stuck together’ after their secret romance was made public, preventing them from returning to their respective marriages.
Last week People magazine reported that the pair were strictly ‘friends’ until after they split with their respective spouses.
Living together: Earlier this month, a separate source informed DailyMail.com that both Ariana and Ethan are now living together as he prepares for Broadway production of Spamalot
But a separate source said those claims were ‘absolutely untrue’ adding that there were ‘receipts to prove it.’
‘Ariana and Ethan never intended for their relationship to go public,’ the second source told DailyMail.com.
‘They were hoping to keep it a secret and go back to their marriages as if nothing had happened. But this was not possible because they got caught.
‘Now they are stuck together and have really nothing in common with each other. It will be interesting to see how this plays out.’
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