Are Ariana Grande and Ethan Slater planning their new relationship? Experts weigh in.

Out of hiding? Ariana Grande and Ethan Slater were pictured together on a cozy date night in New York City on Saturday. Accordingly TMZwhich received pictures of the couple looking up close at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, “they were super flirty and sensitive.”

In July, it was reported that Grande, 30, and Slater, 31, were dating, as sources simultaneously confirmed that their marriages to Dalton Gomez and Lilly Jay, respectively, were over. However, the timeline is the Evil The co-stars’ relationship is a bit unclear.

Ethan Slater and Ariana Grande bond during a date night in New York. (TMZ)

Ethan Slater and Ariana Grande bond during a date night in New York. (TMZ)

Jay, who gave birth to her first child with Slater last year, was reportedly “completely blindsided” when he filed for divorce in July, claiming in an interview that her family was “collateral damage” amid his high-profile romance. Anonymous sources denied there was any overlap and claimed both parties were separated when they came together. Grande’s divorce was finalized earlier this month. Whether justified or not, a scandalous shadow hangs over the Grammy-winning singer’s new relationship.

Crisis PR expert Ronn Torossian, founder and chairman of 5WPRtells Yahoo Entertainment that “transitioning from a scandalous divorce to a new relationship requires a delicate balance of authenticity and empathy.”

“In this situation, Ariana Grande, more than Ethan Slater, must focus on restoring the trust of the public and her fans, and to achieve this she must be patient as this new relationship continues to develop,” he explains.

“Although there is no set timeline for following up on a divorce or scandal, if the parties involved get involved too quickly it creates more scrutiny. Grande’s divorce was just finalized earlier this month, and while this makes their split official, some may still be thinking about it.” “It’s too early to get out with Slater,” Torossian adds. “Waiting longer to go public with the relationship could convey a stronger commitment to the relationship and convey a heartfelt narrative because it shows that they are working to build and maintain a life together rather than a short-lived infatuation.” to pursue.”

It sure feels This is the beginning of Grande and Slater’s relationship.

A few weeks ago, Slater and Grande were spotted at Disneyland with a group of friends, as well as Grande’s mother and brother. “All of her friends love him,” an insider claimed to Us Weekly, adding that Grande and Slater are “really good for each other.”

An almost identical story ended up in People. “They went with a big group of friends as well as her mom and brother,” a source shared, adding that they were “really happy and really good for each other.”

“All [Ariana’s] Friends love him,” the insider added.

Kara Schmiemann, Director of Strategic Crisis Communications at Red banyancomments on the situation to Yahoo.

“It would make sense to want a strategic expansion of your relationship – to quell any rumors that Ariana and Ethan have both given up their previous marriages for a casual relationship,” she explains. “You want to be seen as serious and committed. There is no way to confirm that these people were advised to do this.” [speak to the press] — These sources are currently spreading positive news about the status of the relationship.”

Why now? Of course, there may be no strategy behind this, and Grande and Slater may simply feel more comfortable dating publicly. But the actor – best known for his role as SpongeBob SquarePants in the Broadway musical of the same name – has a new gig planned. Slater joined the cast of Broadway’s Spamalot, which is set to premiere next month.

“They should continue to live their lives – but it is advisable to hide,” says Schmiemann. “Your relationship is personal and private and does not have to become a spectacle just because the public demands it. As Ariana and Ethan continue to develop their relationship and continue to be in the public eye – as every couple is entitled to – you should keep former partners informed and show them the respect and courtesy they deserve.”

Grande and Gomez were married for just over two years and have no children together. He has not publicly commented on their breakup. Slater and Jay (high school sweethearts) have been married since 2018 and their son is 1 year old. Although she spoke to the press over the summer, Jay has remained quiet in recent months. This also bodes well for Grande and Slater, as the scandalous narrative surrounding their relationship appears to have died down.

“New romances are exciting and interesting – and when you’re a celebrity, there’s also the pressure of public interest, which increases the hype exponentially,” explains Schmiemann. “Everyone should have the opportunity and right to enter into their new relationship as they see fit and appropriate – but you must carefully consider the implications. This means making sure your internal audiences are well-informed and in a place of acceptance, otherwise the backlash could be severe.


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