Ariana Grande fans were shocked to learn Thursday that she is in a new relationship with her Wicked costar Ethan Slater.
But the news immediately raises questions about when exactly Ariana and Ethan got together and the status of his marriage to his high school sweetheart Lily J.
Adding to the confusion was an Instagram post that Ethan shared on May 14 – Mother’s Day – in which he sang his wife’s praises just two months before it was reported that he was dating the 30-year-old pop superstar.
Ethan, 31, started dating Ariana ‘several months ago’ while they were still filming Wicked, sources claimed to TMZ on Thursday, further muddling the timeline.
Newstimesuk.com has contacted representatives for Ariana and Ethan for comment.
Weird timeline: Ethan Slater, who was reported to be dating Ariana Grande on Thursday, previously sang the praises of his wife Lily J on May 14 — Mother’s Day; Watch in NYC in 2018
Fuzzy math: Sources told TMZ he and Ariana started dating ‘several months ago’ while filming Wicked, but also claimed he and Lily broke up before they started dating the pop star
Ariana reportedly ended things with her husband Dalton Gomez in January of this year.
In his Mother’s Day post, Ethan also revealed that the couple’s first child, who was born late last year, was a boy. It was later revealed that the boy’s name was Ezra.
‘Happy first Mother’s Day to the most loving caring and wonderful mother/person in the world,’ she signed off ‘- from me and this little guy.’
The post shared few details about Ethan’s wedding or his son, and instead he posted an out-of-focus shot of the little boy from behind, with his much clearer shadow projected onto the wall in front of him.
A second photo shows an adult’s hand – possibly Ethan’s – feeding the little boy, whose hands were covered in food.
It’s unclear from the post, which received a like from Ariana, if Ethan and Lily were still together at the time.
The couple, who were high school classmates, tied the knot again in 2018.
In January this year, Ethan revealed that his wife Lily had welcomed a baby together by posting a photo of a positive pregnancy test and a ‘wickedly cute’ baby onesie, and he commented, ‘Super obscure post, but we have a baby now. ‘
Another photo in the post shows the shadow of a parent pushing a stroller, which fits the ambiguous theme and willingness to share some details about their child.
Sex reveal: In his Mother’s Day post, Ethan also revealed that the couple’s first child, born late last year, was a boy
Sweet: ‘Happy first Mother’s Day to the most loving caring and wonderful mother/person in the world,’ she wrote, signing off ‘- from me and this little guy.’ It’s unclear from the post, which received a like from Ariana, if Ethan and Lily were still together.
Growing family: In January this year, Ethan revealed his wife Lily had welcomed a baby together by posting a positive pregnancy test and a photo of a ‘wickedly cute’ baby, and he commented, ‘Super vague post, but we have a baby now.’
They go way back: The couple married in 2018 after being high school classmates
Celebration: In November, Ethan celebrated his fourth wedding anniversary on Instagram, calling his wife, ‘my best friend’. He also said, ‘4 years married, 10 years together.’
TMZ’s sources also claim that Ethan and Lily didn’t start dating Ariana until after they broke up.
In November, Ethan celebrated his fourth wedding anniversary on Instagram, calling his wife, ‘My best friend.’
He also said, ‘4 years married, 10 years together.’
After news of the relationship broke, the Broadway star set her Instagram account — which has the God Is A Female singer’s followers — to private.
Wicked as Boke stars Ethan Coster as Ariana, a munchkin who falls in love with her character Glinda, though he goes to Galinda earlier in the story.
However, when she rejects his advances, she ends up with Nessrose, the sister of the green-skinned protagonist Elphaba, played by Cynthia Erivo.
When Nessrose jealously casts a spell on her, Elphaba is forced to cast another spell to counteract the effect, which saves her life but turns her into the character known as the Tin Man.
Ethan has had a few small film roles so far, but the two-part adaptation of Wicked seems to be his most significant film role to date.
She appeared earlier this year in The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel appeared in a single episode and played real-life actor Joel Gray — best known for playing MC in the original Broadway production on FX and the 1972 film adaptation. Miniseries Fosse/Verdon.
The show starred Sam Rockwell as dance director and dancer Bob Fosse, who later graduated to directing classic films including Cabaret and All That Jazz, while Michelle Williams played his third wife, Gwen Verdon, who danced in many of his works and as his artistic worked the magic
Although Ethan’s list of film credits is not long, he has already established himself as a stage veteran.
Music fans probably know him for playing the title character in the SpongeBob SquarePants musical. The role earned him a Drama Desk Award, as well as a prestigious Tony Award nomination.
Ethan was previously seen in a photo with Ariana at a party in London in March honoring their Wicked costar Michelle Yeoh after she won the Oscar for Best Actress for her acclaimed film Everything Everywhere All at Once.
Out of the spotlight: After news of the relationship broke, the Broadway star set his Instagram account – which is followed by a goddamn female singer – to private
Costers: Ethan Coster in Wicked as Bok as Ariana, a munchkin who falls in love with his character Glinda, even though he went to Galinda earlier in the story.
Love Triangle: However, when she rejects his advances, he ends up with Nessrose, the green-skinned protagonist Elphaba’s sister, played by Cynthia Erivo; Ethan and Ariana were spotted on set on May 31
On set: Boq later transforms into the Tin Man. He is seen here with Ariana just two weeks after wishing his now estranged wife Lily a happy Mother’s Day
A blast: Ethan was previously seen with Ariana in a photo taken in March at a party honoring their Wicked costar Michelle Yeoh after she won the Oscar for best actress for her acclaimed film Everything Everywhere All at Once
Famous faces: They were joined by costar Cynthia Erivo and Michelle’s former costar Anya Taylor-Joy, as well as Wicked director John M. Chu.
The two lovebirds are seen snuggling ear to ear as they sit at a round table and are surrounded by naughty costars and friends.
Cynthia Erivo, who plays Glinda the Good opposite Ariana as the green-skinned Elphaba, leans into her costar and flashes an infectious smile.
The gathering also included Michelle’s former costar Anya Taylor-Joy, who appeared alongside her in the 2016 horror-thriller Morgan.
A short clip of the ceremony shows the film’s stars gathered around a table as a cake is served to honor the Malaysian actress, who initially starred in a string of classic Hong Kong action films before moving to the US and breaking into Hollywood productions.
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