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Ethan Slater‘s former SpongeBob musical costar Lilli Cooper recently weighed in on his buzzy romance with Ariana Grande, after a source close to the situation confirmed to E! News on July 20 that they’re dating.
However, the blossoming relationship was a complete shock to Cooper, who starred as Sandy Cheeks opposite Slater’s SpongeBob in SpongeBob SquarePants: The Broadway Musical.
“I was surprised,” Cooper told Page Six in an interview published July 25. “I haven’t spoken to him in a while. It’s an interesting coupling, for sure, unexpected.”
Prior to dating Grande, Slater was married to wife of four years, Lilly Jay, with whom he shares a baby boy. However, a source close to the situation told E! News that the pair, who have not commented publicly on their relationship status, have separated.
As for Grande, the “No Tears Left To Cry” singer broke up with husband Dalton Gomez after two years of marriage and is heading toward divorce, E! News confirmed on July 17. The former couple still “remain friends,” a source close to the situation told E! News.