Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson Aren’t the First SNL and Musician Power Couple
Pop star Ariana Grande and Comedian and Saturday Night Live cast member Pete Davidson have gathered a ton of labels since announcing their relationship (and engagement). They’ve been called a “power couple” a number of times and fans obsessed over their initial meeting during an SNL cold open when Grande hosted the late-night live comedy show.
They weren’t the first musician-comedian couple to meet on the show or date while pursuing their separate careers. These couples flew farther under the radar than Grande and Davidson.
Kristen Wiig and Fabrizio Moretti
Kristen Wiig quickly became a household name for her portrayal of hilarious characters like “Gilly” and “Surprise Party Sue.” Towards the end of her SNL tenure, she hit big with the blockbuster hit Bridesmaids which she co-wrote and starred in.
When she wasn’t accepting Emmys and killing it in the writer’s room, Wiig was spending time with The Strokes drummer Fabrizio Moretti. The two dated for a year and a half before they called it quit in 2013. In 2012, Wiig told Marie Claire that she was “happier than I’ve ever been” because of where she was in her relationship and who “Moretti is.” Sources told People that the couple’s split was totally amicable and that the two remained friends.
Eddie Murphy and Mel B
A Spice Girl and one of the highest-paid comedians of all time made for a high profile couple in the early 2000s. Mel B (born Melanie Janine Brown) became a household name in the ’90s, while Murphy made his SNL debut in the 1980s.
The two dated briefly in 2006 and were the subject of plenty of speculation and tabloid rumors the same year. Murphy admitted he was the son of Brown’s second child, Angel Iris Murphy Brown, who was born in 2007. By that point, the two had split. Though their relationship ended, the drama certainly didn’t. The two still make tabloid headlines for their contentious relationship and custody drama for their daughter.
Gilda Radner and G.E. Smith/Gilda Radner and Gene Wilder
SNL-musician relationships date back to one of the original “Not Ready for Primetime Players” Gilda Radner. She married Hall & Oates lead guitarist and SNL‘s music director G.E. Smith from 1980. Sadly, the two divorced in 1982.
Radner clearly had a thing for musicians, however, since two years later she married Gene Wilder. Wilder was an actor famous for musical leads like the original Willy Wonka (if “Pure Imagination” doesn’t give you chills, we can’t help you) and Dr. Frankenstein. The two were married until Radner died from Ovarian cancer in 1989.
Taran Killam and Cobie Smulders
While Cobie Smulders isn’t technically a musician, her portrayal of Robin Scherbatsky in How I Met Your Mother gave way to “Robin Sparkles,” the Canadian pop teen sensation who was responsible for plenty of the show’s original songs and laughs.
Still, SNL cast member Taran Killam and Smulders are a comedy powerhouse and force to be reckoned with. They married in 2012 after meeting three years earlier and have two kids together.
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