Is anyone else still shook over the news that Ariana Grande is engaged to her boyfriend, Dalton Gomez?! Yep, for those who missed it, the singer shared the exciting news via Instagram on Sunday, December 20, and fans couldn’t be happier for her.
But wait, did you guys know that the “Thank U, Next” songstress’ engagement ring allegedly has a super special meaning behind it? Yep, it’s not any old piece of jewelry. Get this — it reportedly has ties to Grande’s grandparents, so prepare to have your hearts burst.
How Is The Ring Related To Her Grandparents?
Grande showed off the gorgeous rock on Instagram, writing “Forever ‘n then some.”
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The ring is definitely unique, and it features a big oval diamond and a pearl. Shannon Delaney-Ron, Director of Communications at jewelry store James Allen, told Seventeen Magazine that the diamond is around 5-6 carrots and probably cost between $200,000 — $300,000. Wow!
But what about the pearl, you ask? Well that’s where her grandparents come in. As fans know, the musician is super close to her maternal grandmother — Marjorie Grande (A.K.A. Nona) — who has been photographed by her side so many times over the years. Marjorie’s husband and Grande’s grandfather, Frank, unfortunately passed away in 2014 after a battle with cancer. And after his tragic death, the pop star explained via Twitter that her Nona had a pearl from his neck tie pin made into a ring, and that it’s going to protect her in the future.
nonna had a ring made for me w/ the pearl from grandpa's tie pin. she says he told her in a dream it'd protect me. <3 pic.twitter.com/BkvGSfuGWh— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) October 28, 2014
Now, Grande has yet to confirm anything, but many fans think that’s the pearl in her engagement ring is the one from her late grandfather! OK, how sweet is that?!
ARIANA GRANDE BUTERA IS ENGAGED AND ITS THE SAME RING AS THE ONE NONNA GAVE HER WITH HER GRANDPA’S PEARL IM SOBBING🥺 pic.twitter.com/tmTFocYENg— nyhh grande (@shutupnyhh) December 20, 2020
Who Exactly Is Dalton Gomez?
So who exactly is Grande’s future husband? Well, he actually works at Aaron Kirman Group as a luxury home realtor. He was raised in Southern California and is currently 25 years old. How did he meet Grande, you ask? Well, according to reports, they met after she hired his company to help her find a house — and right away, they felt a connection.
“When she saw him, she immediately thought he was cute and very good-looking, and she asked her team to set up an in-person meeting with him,” a source told Us Weekly. “Ariana fell very hard for Dalton shortly after they met.”
How Long Have They Been Together?
The couple was first spotted together in February 2020. At the time, TMZ obtained photos of them kissing in a bar. But it wasn’t until one month later, when he started popping up all over the brunette beauty’s Instagram Stories, that fans were able to identify him as Gomez. Sources told People Magazine at the time that the pair had already been together for two months before that, and that they were quarantining together.
Did Any Celebrities Congratulate Them on Their Engagement?
Naturally, so many of Grande’s celebrity friends took to the comment section of her announcement to congratulate her and her beau on their engagement.
Stranger Things star Millie Bobby Brown also left her support. She commented, “Oh my God… Love you! You deserve eternal happiness!”