With a new ring on Ariana Grande's finger, it feels like there's no better time than now to dive deep into the pop star's relationship with Los Angeles real estate agent Dalton Gomez. Grande and Gomez's engagement is new, but their romance isn't; if anything, the couple's relationship timeline shows just how long they've been committed to one another. They've actually been together longer than you might realize — and are ready for "forever n then some."
Now that Grande's entered a new era in her music career, she's most definitely not escaping the spotlight anytime soon. And since Gomez is committed to the singer, he'll be right there in the limelight with her. At first, the couple did a good job of keeping their relationship private, but the "34+35" singer did share photos, videos, and messages on social media that proved they were pretty serious about each other. Between starring in a music video together, calling him her "best friend," and growing speculation that "Positions" is about Gomez, fans became curious about the couple.
With that, here's how their relationship started.
January 2020 — The Romance Reportedly Begins
According to People, a source confirmed in March that Grande and Gomez had been dating for an estimated two months. "They have been hanging out for a couple of months," the source said. "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."
February 2020 — Grande Spotted Kissing Someone
On Feb. 11, TMZ shared photos of Grande kissing a mystery man at Bar Louie in Northridge, California. Based on the source who spoke with People, there's a good chance the "unknown dude" was Gomez. He was also at a party Grande's manager, Scooter Braun, threw for his wife in West Hollywood, in which the real estate agent was seen walking in front of the camera of a video that was filmed at the party.
March 2020 — They Quarantine Together
In March, E! News reported they were quarantining together, where they got to know each other well. "She's gotten to know him quickly with the quarantine," a source told the outlet. "They've been spending a lot of one on one time at home." The insider also dished that the two have "many mutual friends" and even "run in the same circle."
A source also informed People about the two quarantining, "Ariana is staying at home with friends. She is very serious about self-distancing and has been with the same group of people for days. One of the people she is with right now is Dalton."
May 2020 — Gomez Stars In Her Music Video
In what was a big reveal, Gomez made a cameo in Grande's music video with Justin Bieber for "Stuck With U." At the very end, Grande is seen dancing with a man and you briefly see his face. His appearance also confirmed their relationship. Also in May, they were seen protesting and supporting the Black Lives Matter movement together. Plus, Gomez made a quick appearance in Grande's promo with Lady Gaga for their song "Rain on Me."
June 2020 — Instagram Official
While celebrating her 27th birthday in June, Grande went Instagram official with Gomez. Alongside a series of photos, she shared a selfie with the realtor. She captioned the Instagram, "almost 27 :)."
Throughout June, the "God Is a Woman" artist shared several more photos of Gomez on her Instagram, including one of them kissing and another of him kissing her on the cheek.
August 2020 — Grande Celebrates Gomez's Birthday
On Aug. 7, Grande celebrated Gomez's birthday by sharing silly photos and videos from their time together. She also gushed, "hbd to my baby my best friend my fav part of all the days :) i love u." Prior to his birthday, she shared another photo of them enjoying the outdoors — which was sideways, of course.
October 2020 — Grande Releases New Song "Positions"
On Oct. 23, Grande released a new song, "Positions," from her upcoming sixth studio album of the same name, released on Oct. 30. While many believed some of the lyrics shade ex Pete Davidson, most fans also believed that the track is about her new beau. "Heaven sent you to me," Grande croons in the first verse. "I'm just hopin' I don't repeat history."
December 2020 — Grande Shares A Kissing Photo
In early December, the singer shared a rare photo of her and Gomez kissing on Instagram as part of a slideshow captioned "some life stuff." Despite the pair's hesitance to share their relationship online, a source close to Grande told E! News that the singer is "madly in love with Dalton" and likes that he prefers to stay out of the spotlight. "It's a very healthy relationship. They love to be 'normal' and Ari loves that he is very down to earth," the source said. "He balances her out from the crazy industry she is in. They spend a lot of time hanging out at her house being low-key."
December 2020 — Grande Debuts A Diamond Ring
Grande shared big news on Dec. 20. She posted several photos of the couple on Instagram, including two showing a big and beautiful diamond ring. That — and her caption, "forever n then some" — said it all.
From their private beginning to their recent engagement, Grande and Gomez's relationship timeline shows these two have a romance that's flourishing.
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