Ariana Grande Ethan Slater Controversy.

Ariana Grande and Ethan Slater Controversy

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Updated Jul 28, 2023 at 06:57PM EDT by Zach.

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Overview

Ariana Grande and Ethan Slater Controversy refers to internet discussions surrounding pop star Ariana Grande and SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical lead actor Ethan Slater's relationship in July 2023. Grande and Slater reportedly met on the set of the musical fantasy film Wicked (set to release in 2024). After both Grande and Slater announced their separation from their respective spouses, various internet users began to discuss and make memes about Grande dating "live-action SpongeBob," Slater's decision to separate from his wife and newborn baby, and Grande's romantic history.

Background

On July 20th, 2023, TMZ[1] published an article breaking the news of pop star singer Ariana Grande dating her "Wicked" costar Ethan Slater. Grande reportedly separated from her husband and real estate investor Dalton Gomez earlier in 2023, and Slater reportedly separated from his high school sweetheart Lilly Jay earlier in 2023 as well.

Twitter[2] account @ThePopTingz posted an image of the couple from March 2023, gathering over 40,000 likes in a week (seen below).


Pop Tings Pop Tingz @ThePopTingz Ariana Grande and new boyfriend Ethan Slater in a previously captured photo. 11:55 AM. Jul 20, 2023 16.5M Views 1,315 Retweets 13.5K Quotes 47.2K Likes 2,750 Bookmarks :

Slater is best known for his leading role in the live-action Broadway musical The SpongeBob Musical: Live on Stage! in 2019 (seen below).[3]



Developments

On July 20th, 2023, Twitter[4] user @irees posted a series of screenshots (seen below) with the caption, "I'd vomit non-stop if I were the wife. This is Ariana Grande's new man Ethan Slater. He just had his kid last year with his wife he'd been together for TEN YEARS. / ARIANA GRANDE EVEN LIKED THESE PHOTOS. TMZ EXPLAIN!!!"


Also on July 20th, 2023, Twitter[5] user @gracecamille_ posted a tweet that read, "Not this being Ariana Grande’s new bf lol," gathering over 50,000 likes in a week (seen below).


Grande's Relationship History

On July 20th, 2023, Twitter[6] user @starsbIeedin posted a video outlining Ariana Grande's alleged history of cheating in or breaking up relationships. The video showed Ariana's tendency to go for men who are fresh out of relationships, such as Big Sean (who had just called off his engagement with Naya Rivera) and Pete Davidson (whose ex-girlfriend Cazzie David alleged that Pete dumped her for Ariana). The post gathered over 49,000 likes in a week (seen below).


Slater's Wife's Response

On July 27th, 2023, the Twitter account @PopBase shared a tweet citing Page Six,[7] saying that Ethan Slater's estranged wife Lilly Jay has been “calling every news outlet” to get the story out surrounding Ariana Grande and Ethan. The tweet was quote-tweeted by @rudyIopez[8] saying "we can tell." The tweet points to the widespread media coverage of the controversy, gathering over 120,000 likes in a day (seen below, left).

Also on July 27th, Twitter[9] user @taylorgarron posted a tweet that read, "someone calling me 'not a girl’s girl' is my worst nightmare," gathering over 200,000 likes in a day (seen below, right).


rudy @rudylopez we can tell. Pop Base @PopBase Jul 27 Ethan Slater's estranged wife Lilly Jay has been "calling every news outlet" to get the story out surrounding Ariana Grande and Ethan, according to Page Six. 12:44 PM Jul 27, 2023 11.1M Views 4,275 Retweets 484 Quotes 122.2K Likes 1,575 Bookmarks : taylor garron @taylorgarron someone calling me “not a girl's girl" is my worst nightmare Pop Base @PopBase Jul 27 Ethan Slater's estranged wife Lilly Jay breaks her silence in new statement to Page Six, blasting Ariana Grande: "[Ariana's] the story really. Not a girl's girl. My family is just collateral damage." 4:28 PM . Jul 27, 2023 11.7M Views 16.3K Retweets 854 Quotes 217K Likes 3,490 Bookmarks :

Online Reactions

On July 22nd, 2023, Twitter[10] user @ymmayer posted a tweet that read, "imagine dating an ugly ass man and being like well at least I know he won’t cheat on me then BOOM he’s fucking ariana grande," gathering over 240,000 likes in a week (seen below, left). On July 27th, Twitter[11] user @user84829272 posted a tweet that read, "Ariana grande meeting that man’s wife and holding their baby etc while having an affair with him. You’d have to institutionalize me." The post gathered over 230,000 likes in a day (seen below, right).


youngmi mayer @ymmayer imagine dating an ugly ass man and being like well at least i know he won't cheat on me then BOOM he's f------ ariana grande 7:05 PM . Jul 22, 2023 · 8.8M Views 12.9K Retweets 1,738 Quotes 241K Likes 4,745 Bookmarks T*ra @user84829272 Ariana grande meeting that man's wife and holding their baby etc while having an affair with him. You'd have to institutionalize me 7:09 PM . Jul 27, 2023 · 13.6M Views 14.9K Retweets 3,818 Quotes 232.4K Likes 8,009 Bookmarks

On July 27th, Twitter[12] user @MalikHaelstrom posted a tweet that read, "Me sitting in a room with my man and Ariana Grande," gathering 76,000 likes in a day (seen below, left). On July 28th, Twitter[13] user @alexgrannelluno posted a tweet that read, "Irrefutable proof that you can pull anyone, including Ariana Grande, by being a quirked up white boy who loves talking heads," gathering 10,000 likes in a day (seen below, right).


← OPTIMUS PRIMAL <> @MalikHaelstrom Me sitting in a room with my man and Ariana Grande 12:57 PM. Jul 27, 2023 · 3.2M Views 7,177 Retweets 651 Quotes 75.6K Likes 1,693 Bookmarks : Alex Grannell @alexgrannelluno Irrefutable proof that you can pull anyone, including Ariana Grande, by being a quirked up white boy who loves talking heads Ethan Slater @ethansaslater. Mar 30, 2020 I'm regressing. But 12 year old me would be thrilled that I still remember most of the choreo. 1:38 5:30 AM. Jul 28, 2023 · 697.6K Views 541 Retweets 78 Quotes 10.6K Likes 495 Bookmarks : More

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External References

[1] TMZ – Grande and Slater

[2] Twitter – ThePopTingz

[3] YouTube – SpongeBob SquarePants

[4]  Twitter – irees

[5] Twitter – gracecamille_

[6] Twitter – starsbIeedin

[7] Page Six – Lilly Jay Blasts Grande

[8] Twitter – rudyIopez

[9] Twitter – taylorgarron

[10] Twitter – ymmayer

[11] Twitter – user84829272

[12] Twitter – MalikHaelstrom

[13] Twitter – alexgrannelluno

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