Ariana Grande is reportedly saying “thank you, next” to her husband of two years.
The singer, 30, and the high-profile real estate agent Dalton Gomez, 27, allegedly split at the beginning of the year and “have been quietly and lovingly working on their friendship” since, a source revealed to People magazine.
Insiders claim that distance did not make the heart grow fonder and, instead, played a big role in the couple’s separation. “She was happy in Los Angeles for a couple of years. She wanted to make a life there with Dalton,” the source told People.
“He is super focused on his career and needs to live in Los Angeles,” the source added. “It’s definitely been an issue for them. Dalton’s career is demanding and he can’t leave Los Angeles often. So when [Grande] started filming Wicked in England, they were in for a long-distance marriage.”
Grande, who has been based in the UK while working on the Wicked screen adaptation, was seen at Wimbledon over the weekend with her engagement ring and wedding band notably missing.
In August last year, the popstar shared a makeup tutorial on TikTok in which she wasn’t wearing her rings, however she was quick to dismiss breakup rumours.
“I’m just not wearing my wedding ring, it’s getting cleaned. I’m not getting a divorce before you start, don’t,” she assured fans at the time.
Grande celebrated her second year of marriage with Gomez by posting a sweet tribute on Instagram. The Positions singer captioned the picture with a 2, a heart and the phrase “I love him so”.
Gomez also posted a snap of him and his beau for Valentine’s Day this year, and Grande reposted it.
“My forever valentine,” he wrote above the photo.
In May 2021, just after the couple’s low-key wedding, Grande’s representative told People magazine: “The room was so happy and full of love. The couple and both families couldn’t be happier.”
The pair tied the knot in an intimate ceremony at their home in Montecito, California. It was reported that less than 20 people attended the nuptials.
“They’re a great fit together,” an insider told People after the wedding. “Dalton’s entirely unfazed by the scope of her celebrity and is very grounding for her. He’s young but mature and knows what he wants out of life.”
Another source said “He [Gomez] is very hardworking and focused. He is low-key and doesn’t like attention. He isn’t impressed by celebrities. He is perfect for her.”
The singer started dating the real estate agent at the beginning of 2020 and announced their engagement 11 months later. Since they started seeing each other, the pair have kept their relationship largely under wraps, however, on the odd occasion Grande will share small glimpses of their life together on her social media accounts.