Ariana Grande’s Ex, Dalton Gomez, Is Apparently Already Dating Again Amid Reports That Their Marriage Ended Over The Pressures Of Her Fame

Reports claim that Dalton Gomez — who is an LA real estate agent — found the pressures of Ariana’s fame and demanding schedule too much to handle.

Yesterday, fans were left in shock after TMZ reported that Ariana Grande and her husband, Dalton Gomez, have split after two years of marriage.

Just a day after the singer was spotted without her wedding ring at the Wimbledon finals, news broke that she and Dalton have apparently been separated since January, and are headed for divorce.

ariana sitting in the middle of jonathan bailey and andrew garfield

Ariana and Dalton first started dating around early 2020, and while it’s never been confirmed exactly how they met, reports have suggested that the pair hit it off after Ari hired Dalton as her real estate agent in 2019.

dalton drinking beer

The duo was first spotted publicly in February 2020, and when the COVID-19 pandemic hit a month later, they were able to nurture their romance privately as they quarantined together in LA.

ariana sitting on a couch for an interview

After dropping a few hints on social media, Ariana officially confirmed the relationship in May of that year when she and Dalton appeared together in the music video for her charity collab with Justin Bieber, “Stuck With U.”

the couple hugging each other in their room

The couple announced their engagement in December 2020 after nine months of dating, and by May 2021, they tied the knot in a small and intimate ceremony at their home.

From the very outset, their relationship was incredibly private, and in the earlier stages of their romance, sources reported that Ariana was enjoying dating someone who wasn’t in the spotlight — particularly after her highly publicized engagement to Pete Davidson.

pete and ariana in the audience

However, it now seems that the contrast between their respective careers may have been the catalyst for the alleged split, with TMZ reporting that the pair couldn’t make their marriage work post-COVID, due to the dramatically different nature of their professional lives.

The outlet says that after lockdown restrictions were fully lifted, “their differences became alarmingly apparent,” leaving Dalton “taken aback by Ariana's celebrity.”

closeup of ariana at the grammy's

“He had not dealt with her schedule, the paparazzi, and the various opportunities that took her out of LA,” TMZ claims, adding that the realtor would often raise issues with Ari’s desire to be accompanied by security when they left the house.

Their differences apparently caused the marriage to break down, and things were only made worse when Ari relocated to London late last year to begin filming for the Wicked movies.

In spite of all this, it sounds like the exes are currently on good terms, and late yesterday, TMZ reported that Dalton has already started dating again with Ari’s blessing.

Of course, marriages ending over fame and privacy concerns aren’t anything new in the celebrity world. However, fans have picked up on a common theme of extremely famous women dating non-famous men, only for the men to become later startled by the pressures of their partner’s celebrity status.

ariana as a judge on the voice

And perhaps the most recent example of this is the downfall of Taylor Swift’s six-year relationship with actor Joe Alwyn.

taylor and joe at a table at an event

For context, Joe was relatively unknown as an actor when he and Taylor started dating in 2016, and sources have claimed that the pair were able to connect in a “safe bubble” while Taylor was “retreating from the world” during her Reputation era at the start of their relationship.

closeup of joe

Like Ari and Dalton, Taylor and Joe’s relationship found even more time to flourish in 2020 when the US was under COVID-19 restrictions. However, their romance apparently began to crumble when the world returned to normal.

the couple holding hands as they leave a venue

Throughout the relationship, Joe emphasized his need for privacy, and so, when reports of their breakup surfaced at the height of Taylor’s biggest tour yet, it wasn’t long before fans began speculating that her A-list status was the reason for the split.

closeup of joe

“Joe has struggled with Taylor's level of fame and the attention from the public,” a source told People around the time of the breakup reports in April. “The differences in their personalities have also become harder to ignore after years together. They've grown apart.”

taylor with her arm around joe as they sit at a table

Needless to say, it hasn’t taken fans long to draw comparisons between Ari and Taylor’s respective splits, with many speaking critically of the ladies’ less-famous exes who seemingly found the pressures of A-list life too much to handle.

Twitter: @shamsyls / Instagram @ArianaGrande

“The theme of males downplaying the success of their Woman partner’s is getting old so quickly,” one fan wrote in response to the reports that Ari and Dalton’s marriage “took a turn” after the pandemic. “How you marry Ariana Grande and surprised that she’s Ariana Grande…?!?!”

Twitter: @thecindynoir / Instagram @ArianaGrande

“im tired of unknown men dating celebrities to then complain about them being celebrities like come on brother u knew what u were getting into,” another wrote, alluding to the fact that both Taylor and Ari’s relationships began when were already global superstars.

Twitter: @yassnito / Instagram @ArianaGrande

“‘due to her celebrity status,’ mind you Ariana has been one of the biggest stars for YEARS at this point. Dalton, brother, you knew what you was getting yourself into,” someone else tweeted, echoed by another who said Dalton “knew what he signed up for.”

Twitter: @arianaunext / Instagram @ArianaGrande

In light of this, some of Ariana’s fans have been reluctant to believe that this is the reason for the split, suggesting that there’s “no way her own husband didn’t understand the magnitude of her celebrity” before committing to their marriage.

Twitter: @ladidaix / Instagram @ArianaGrande

However, others have pointed out that men feeling pressured or overwhelmed by their partners’ success isn’t uncommon in the world of celebrity, even after marriage.

closeup of ariana

“They seek a woman who is attractive or with status, and it eventually becomes the thing they despise,” one fan tweeted. “They’ll ignore everything in the beginning just to get the girl.”

Twitter: @kafkaex / Instagram @ArianaGrande

It goes without saying that until we get confirmation from Ariana and Dalton themselves, we’ll never be sure what the exact reason for their rumored separation is. For now, however, it’s good to see that she’s in good spirits — go Ari!

ari at Wimbledon

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