Ariana Grande Made Fun of Tabloids That Identified Her Friend Aaron Simon Gross as Dalton Gomez

Singer Ariana Grande frequently makes headlines for who she’s seeing. Following her high-profile relationships with men like comedian Pete Davidson and rappers Big Sean and Mac Miller, she took some time off from dating. All of 2019 was spent focused on her career. Then came 2020.

After attending the Grammy Awards with her friends and family, rumors began to spread that she was seeing someone new: Real estate agent Dalton Gomez. Now that their relationship is public, the paparazzi are eager to snap of photo of them together. And a misidentified shot brought Grande some entertainment. Read on to learn more.

Ariana Grande kept her relationship with Dalton Gomez quiet — for awhile

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Grande and Gomez kept their relationship secret. They were allegedly spotted together in February 2020 at a bar, but at that time, he was difficult to identify. As the media tried to narrow in on who she was seeing, the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic hit — and everyone was forced inside.

Eagle-eyed fans were able to spot Gomez in Grande’s Instagram Stories, and many sought to learn more about him. But Grande kept quiet — that is, until the release of her song “Stuck with U” in May 2020. At the end of its accompanying music video, she and Gomez dance, embrace, and kiss.

The Daily Mail reported she stepped out with Gomez

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Not long after, stay-at-home orders in Los Angeles began to loosen up just a tad. And so Grande, who had been following the rules dutifully, made a trip outside on May 15, 2015. Of course, she still took precautions, wearing a mask. The man she was with did so as well.

Possibly due to his face being obstructed, The Daily Mail misidentified the man in question, deeming him Grande’s “new beau Dalton Gomez” in the article’s original headline (above). However, Arianators were quick to point out that this was actually Grande’s close friend, Aaron Simon Gross. (The publication later edited the article.)

Grande poked fun at this with a post to pal Aaron Simon Gross

Interestingly, that article coincided nicely with Gross’ birthday. Grande shared an Instagram post in celebration of her pal. “happy aaron day, world,” she wrote. She continued, writing that she “can’t wait to be best friends forever” and calling it “a blessing” to have him in her life.

Grande shared a video of her singing to Gross onstage during the Sweetener Tour, along with several photos. The last two are a screenshot of the Daily Mail article before it was edited, followed by a close-up of his photo from the story, over which she wrote, “happy birthday aaron.”

How do Gross and Grande know each other?

Aaron Simon Gross and Ariana Grande pose at The Opening Night After Party for 'Born Yesterday' on Broadway at The Edison Ballroom on April 24, 2011 in New York City.
Aaron Simon Gross and Ariana Grande on April 24, 2011 | Bruce Glikas / Contributor

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Grande and Gross have known each other for a very long time. In 2008, they starred in the musical 13 together on Broadway, and have been close ever since. Grande has uploaded numerous videos of the two together on her verified YouTube account (like the one above) over the years.

Remaining close for so long, which the pop star has also done with fellow 13 and Victorious co-star Liz Gillies, is pretty impressive. Hopefully Grande and Gomez continue to make their relationship work, but if they don’t, it’s nice for Arianators to know she always has her friends.