Ethan Slater’s ‘SpongeBob’ co-star ‘shocked’ by Ariana Grande courting information: ‘Attention-grabbing coupling’

They weren’t gossiping in that pineapple underneath the ocean.

“SpongeBob SquarePants: The Broadway Musical” star Lilli Cooper admitted she had no thought her co-star Ethan Slater was courting Ariana Grande till the information broke.

“I used to be shocked,” she advised Web page Six solely on the opening of “The Cottage” Monday night time.

Cooper, 33, performed Sandy Cheeks reverse Slater’s SpongeBob throughout the musical’s Chicago and New York productions in 2016 and 2017, respectively.

“I haven’t spoken to him shortly,” she confessed to us, noting, “It’s an attention-grabbing coupling, for certain, sudden.”

Cast on opening night of "SpongeBob SquarePants: The Broadway Musical."
Lilli Cooper is “shocked” her “SpongeBob SquarePants: The Broadway Musical” co-star Ethan Slater is courting Ariana Grande.
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Lilli Cooper and Ethan Slater in 2017.
“It’s an attention-grabbing coupling,” Cooper advised Web page Six.
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Web page Six confirmed final week that the “Thank U, Subsequent” singer had cut up from her husband of two years, Dalton Gomez, and moved on with Slater.

The brand new couple met whereas taking pictures the upcoming movie adaptation of “Depraved,” wherein Grande, 30, performs Glinda the Good Witch and Slater, 31, takes on the function of Boq, a Munchkin who turns into the Tin Man.


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Slater remains to be legally married to his highschool sweetheart, Lilly Jay, they usually welcomed a child boy simply final 12 months.

Ethan Slater and Lilly James in 2017.
Slater wed Lilly Jay in 2018.
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Ariana Grande and Dalton Gomez
Grande just lately cut up from her husband, Dalton Gomez.
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A supply just lately advised Web page Six solely that Jay is a “wreck” and was “utterly blindsided” by her husband’s new romance.

Cooper, for her half, is staying away from her former castmate’s headline-making drama and as a substitute specializing in her newest play, “The Cottage,” which additionally options Laura Bell Bundy and Eric McCormack and is directed by Jason Alexander.

“I used to be pinching myself. I couldn’t consider it. It was so surreal,” she advised Web page Six of her casting. “I watched [McCormack in] ‘Will & Grace,’ for certain. I didn’t watch a lot of [Alexander in] ‘Seinfeld,’ however what I did watch was Rodgers and Hammerstein’s ‘Cinderella’ with Brandy and Whitney Houston, in order that’s what I actually know Jason from.”

Lilli Cooper at the Broadway opening of "The Cottage."
Cooper at present stars in “The Cottage” on Broadway.
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The cast of "The Cottage" on opening night.
The comedy additionally stars Eric McCormack and is directed by Jason Alexander.
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Cooper — who originated the function of Martha Bessell in “Spring Awakening” alongside Lea Michele and Jonathan Groff — described herself as a “whole Broadway geek.”

“I grew up backstage on Broadway. My dad’s an actor [Tony winner Chuck Cooper], and that is my sixth Broadway present. I’ve been a giant Broadway musical fan since I used to be born,” she shared.

Celebs who got here to cheer on the solid included Bryan Cranston, McCormack’s “Will & Grace” co-star Sean Hayes and Steven Weber. Vanessa Williams and Lea DeLaria, who starred reverse Cooper within the Broadway present “POTUS,” additionally attended.