The two have only been dating for a few weeks , but from the moment they posted that first cryptic photo together, we knew there was something different about their union.
Below, we summarize exactly how we got here. Last week, news broke that an A-list celebrity had waded into the waters of more obscure, and — brace yourself — more interesting celebrities. Ariana Grande was dating Pete Davidson. Grande, 24, is a global pop mega-star known best for her lack of enunciation and her swinging ponytail. Davidson, also 24, is a stand up comedian best known for being attached to Saturday Night Live. Technically, he is a featured player on the show, but the title is loose.
Advertisement The pairing is weird. Social media is similarly enthralled, even morbidly fascinated. Jenny Slate and Chris Evans' brief relationship inspired a similar reaction. Like, can we be a part of this couple? Can we watch as these differently textured tectonic plates crash into one another? A quick search for either name on Twitter will get you a lot of tweets defending Pete , defending Ariana, or defending Ariana with Pete or Pete with Ariana.
Some think the duo is cute. Others are confused, but willing to vote down the party line. Everyone wants to talk about it. The celebrity smoke detector is going off, warning us of… what, exactly? Grande released a statement defending her recently-exercised right to end her relationship with not-A-List-rapper Mac Miller, and Davidson also released a statement, this one defending his right to date in light of his publicly disclosed struggle with borderline personality disorder.
Grande, like Davidson, is not the type of celebrity prone to releasing statements. Grande, a musician, has only dated musicians Big Sean and Mac Miller, to the knowledge of most. Grande has the luxury of profiting off a more removed persona. The other breach is that Grande only recently ended her relationship with Miller. The veer feels bizarre, but it might actually be a course correction.
Advertisement Let me be clear: Grande not as banal as her image suggests. Thanks to an excellent and virtually unchanging lewk, Grande presents as something static. For lack of better words, she seems like a literal doll.
Her Twitter feed reads like late night texts from a best friend. The last big breach: On Wednesday, Davidson shared a photo of the two of them in Harry Potter robes. Or, for that matter, Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas. Grande recently shared an Instagram of the two of them canoodling. Davidson is secretly earnest, a quality that actually comes in handy with his comedy.
She got her start singing on Broadway in the musical Thirteen. Both are dweebs who found themselves climbing the Hollywood ladder. Turns out, Davidson and Grande were in the computer lab the whole time, making Harry Potter puns. This couple gives me hope for the weird maybe-couple of the century: Amy Poehler and Joaquin Phoenix. A previous version of this story misstated that Davidson has bipolar disorder.
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