SHE IS the star of new blockbuster movies ‘Wicked’ based on the hit musical, but now Ariana Grande has been criticized for being ‘bad’ in real life.
The soon-to-be-estranged wife of the co-star who Ariana is now dating slammed the singer and said her family had been torn apart – blaming it squarely on Ariana, 30, ranting: “She’s not the girl of a girl.”
The Thank U, Next singer has been accused of housebreaking after starting a new romance with West End star Ethan Slater just 11 months after the birth of his baby.
The pair reportedly fell in love while filming Wicked in London, which has been in production since April.
And despised mum Lilly Jay told US website Page Six: “My family is just collateral damage.”
American singer Ethan is believed to have already split from singer Lilly, but sources say the relationship has left her feeling “blinded” and “betrayed” after Ariana spent time with them and their baby Ezra as a couple .
There are claims that Ariana told her friends how badly she “desired a baby someday” after bonding with Lilly and Ethan’s son.
She even “liked” her husband’s Instagram tribute to Lilly for Mother’s Day.
Ethan, a Tony-nominated actor best known for his role as Spongebob Squarepants on Broadway, has now filed for divorce.
The devastated Lilly is said to have voiced her point of view to US news outlets.
“Every story has two sides”
A source close to Lilly, 31, told a website how the three enjoyed dinners together in London every time she flew in from the US to join her husband on set.
The insider said, “Lilly has hung out with Ethan and Ariana so much. Ariana met and even held her baby.
“They were having dinner in London and Ariana told Lilly that she wanted to have a baby one day and that she couldn’t wait to start a family.”
The source claimed Lilly found out her husband was having an affair with the singer, but they decided to “try to put that behind” and work on their marriage.
But now Ariana and Ethan are dating full-time, and Wicked film insiders say they were spotted openly holding hands on set.
To complicate matters further, Ariana’s ex-husband Dalton Gomez is said to have flown to London over the past few months in a last-ditch effort to save their marriage, which fell apart in January.
The former Nickelodeon star married real estate agent Dalton, 27, after they moved in together during the 2020 Covid lockdown.
They got engaged that same year and tied the knot in May 2021 in an intimate ceremony at their home in Montecito, California.
Ariana’s carousel love life was plagued by disaster following a series of tumultuous romances and devastating breakups with high-profile men including rapper Big Sean, comedian Pete Davidson and Nathan Sykes of British boy band The Wanted.
The “Rain On Me” hitmaker was devastated by the death of her ex-rapper Mac Miller, who suffered a drug overdose in September 2018.
His death came 16 months after she was traumatized when suicide bomber Salman Abedi detonated a bomb during her concert at the Manchester Arena in May 2017, killing 22 people.
Ariana, who has been in the public eye since she was 15, has been publicly promoted on Twitter and posters have accused her of being a “marriage destroyer” and “a terrible person”.
But brand and culture expert Nick Ede, who runs a London PR agency, said the hint of a scandal will not deter her supporters.
He said: “Ariana has a very loyal fan base who see her as a woman who is looking for love but never finds the happiness that slips through her fingers.
“I don’t think that will change because her fans are used to her romantic ups and downs.
“Ariana grew up before our eyes and is working on a film that is very, very intense.
“Her role in Wicked is huge and it’s already getting a lot of critical acclaim, even though the film won’t be out until next year.
“You can be adored by a global audience and still feel lonely.
“She was probably looking for someone to love. Every story has two sides.
“I think part of her problem is that everyone still sees Ariana as that kid that was on children’s television, but she’s a grown woman.
“Relationships are mutually consensual and there are always two sides to every story.”
Songwriter Ariana’s first public relationship began in August 2012 with Australian YouTuber Jai Brooks, but they split a year later after he accused her of cheating with Nathan Sykes.
Jai wrote on Twitter: “Yes I was scammed. yes it sucks Yes, I was left for another man.”
Ariana soon responded that she was “not surprised” by the allegation, adding, “You said to me that if I didn’t come back to you, you would make me look bad in the whole world.”
The relationship with now 30-year-old Nathan lasted just three months before Ariana and Jai embraced again before their final split in May 2014.
“Rebuild a Life”
Her next romance was with rapper Big Sean, whom she called “one of the most amazing men alive” in 2014.
But their affair was rocked by allegations of previous cheating after Sean’s former fiancé, Glee star Naya Rivera, claimed in her memoir that she found Ariana at their house when the couple were still engaged.
Three months after that relationship ended in April 2015, Ariana dated backup dancer Ricky Alvarez for a year before falling for Mac Miller while they were collaborating on their single The Way.
They split in May 2018 and Ariana met Saturday Night Live comedian Pete Davidson, who proposed to her just weeks after meeting.
But when Mac died of a drug overdose later that year, Davidson said he “knew pretty well that Ariana was over.”
He later said, “I was like, ‘Listen, I see — do whatever you have to do, I’ll be here’.”
“I think I said, ‘I’m going to stay here until you don’t want me to be here anymore.’
“I knew pretty well it was over after that. That was really awful. I can’t imagine what that’s like.
“It’s just terrible.
“All I know is that she really loved him and wasn’t putting on a show or anything.”
The “7 Rings” singer thought she found happiness with Los Angeles real estate agent Dalton Gomez.
After dating for less than a year during the pandemic, she took to Instagram to show off her diamond and pearl engagement ring and captioned, “Forever ‘n’ Then Some.”
The couple reportedly split in January this year and Ariana was recently spotted without her wedding ring on Center Court at Wimbledon.
Sources said the couple felt the strain of the breakup while filming Wicked, in which she plays Glinda the Good Witch.
Fans also raised concerns about Ariana’s thin stature, prompting her to tell them on TikTok, “There are many different types of beauty.”
New boyfriend Ethan, who married his teenage sweetheart Lilly in 2018, has so far kept quiet about the split.
After the news of the relationship broke, he made his Instagram account private.
In March, he paid tribute to his wife on Mother’s Day, calling her “the most loving, caring and wonderful mother/person alive.”
Ariana liked the Instagram post.
Now Lilly faces the life of raising her baby as a single mother.
She said: “My focus is on building a new life for our son.
“That’s what I’m trying to do. That’s my only focus.
“The story is about her (Ariana) and Dalton. She’s not a girl girl.
“My family is just collateral damage.”