40 Celeb Couples You Didn’t Know First Connected Online

Unexpectedly, celebrities are no different from the rest of us when it comes to the anticipation that follows watching “You’ve Got a Match!” From Olympians to Bachelor alums, all types of celebrities have found their significant others online, whether they utilized a dating app or slipped into the DMs. Even if some of these couples are no longer together, the internet played a significant role in their once-burgeoning romances. So keep this in mind the next time you want to delete your dating apps, log off of social media, and hurl your phone out the nearest window: If two-thirds of the Jonas Brothers found love online, so can you!

Simone Biles and Jonathan Owens

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When she DMed NFL star Jonathan Owens, the Olympic gymnast turned her Instagram romance into a reality. Getting engaged on Valentine’s Day two years after they first met, the couple has been together since 2020.

Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner

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Another JoBro may say he met his wife online, thanks to the internet. The Game of Thrones actress told Harper’s BAZAAR in an interview that “we had a lot of mutual friends and they’d been trying to connect us for a long time.” He unexpectedly sent me a direct message one lovely day when we were both following each other on Instagram.

Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra

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Nick had to use more than just a casual DM to get Priyanka’s attention. Graham Rogers, the actress’ co-star from Quantico, texted the actress, “Priyanka. Is. Wow,” he tweeted at her, adding:  “I’m hearing from a few mutual friends that we should meet.”

Sarah Hyland and Wells Adams

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On Twitter, Modern Family star Sarah admitted to having a crush on the Bachelor in Paradise bartender, which led to their engagement. Fans may still view the flirtatious dialogue that came after and established the foundation for their sweet love tale!

Madelaine Petsch and Travis Mills

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Despite their three-year separation, the actress and musician-turned-MTV personality attribute their three-year romance to Facebook. Travis sent forth an application to play Jughead Jones on Riverdale, but he was unsuccessful. But when he learned that Madelaine had secured the show, he wrote her a note of congratulations, and a spark was lit.

Adam Levine and Behati Prinsloo

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It was an unexpected email that brought Adam and Behati together rather than social media or dating applications. Initially, the frontman of Maroon 5 contacted the model to inquire about participating in his song video. She was unable to accept the position, but they kept in touch via texts for a month before ultimately meeting in person. They are now married and have two children. We kind of fell in love through email because of how naturally their communication flowed, Behati said to Porter.

Vanessa Hudgens and Cole Tucker

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They originally connected on Zoom while participating in a virtual meditation group, so forget Bumble, Hinge, and Instagram. Following that, Vanessa DM’d the Pittsburgh Pirates player.

Amy Schumer and Ben Hanisch

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Relationship between comedian and artist lasted for two years, ending in 2017. With former SNL cast member Vanessa Bayer, Amy made a profile on the celebrity dating site. Vanessa and I simultaneously placed our accounts and giggled like little kids, she said in her book The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo. They matched in just 40 minutes, with Ben.

Hannah Brown and Adam Woolard

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Towards the end of 2020, the former Bachelorette and her model boyfriend first connected via a dating app. Hannah acknowledged that she liked Adam’s picture initially, but she insists that it was Adam who made an actual move.

Nev Schulman and Laura Perlongo

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The Catfish presenter falling in love online is the height of irony. Nev followed Laura on Instagram in an effort to get her attention despite being (very openly) catfished. She remarked on a picture of his dirt bike after it had worked, and he responded, “Wanna go for a ride?”

Rita Ora and Calvin Harris

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The musicians’ brief romance ended on social media, where it had also begun. Rita later claimed Calvin blocked her from singing their song “I Will Never Let You Down” at the Teen Choice Awards that year. Rita was apparently abruptly dumped by Calvin on Twitter in 2014.

Dua Lipa and Anwar Hadid

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Despite the fact that the pop star and the model—who is also Gigi and Bella Hadid’s younger brother—met at a BBQ in 2019, they didn’t start communicating romantically until she slipped into his direct messages.

She told Andy Cohen  “I definitely did that,” about a year before the pair announced their split.

Chrissy Metz and Bradley Collins

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While she was still residing in Nashville in 2020, the This Is Us actress sent Bradley the first Bumble message. Prior to speaking online, the two seldom connected despite having a few pals in common. “I don’t endorse the company. However, it does work,” she joked on TODAY.

Amber Rose and Wiz Khalifa

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Amber and Wiz originally started teasing one other online. “Initially we met through Twitter,” she told Us Weekly a few years before they ended their marriage. “He did an interview about me and the guy who interviewed him asked, ‘If there was one girl in the world, who would you be with?’ He said ‘Amber Rose’—and then I hit him on Twitter, and I said, ‘That’s really cute,’ and we fell in love!”

Iggy Azalea and Nick Young

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It was a complete surprise to NBA player Nick Young when Iggy reacted to his post featuring her with the hashtag #WomanCrushWednesday. In spite of this, they ended up dating for two years after the move.

“If you fancy someone, let them know in your own way—be it on Twitter or personally or on SMS or whatever. Just go from there,” the rapper told Metro UK.

Saweetie and Quavo

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Emojis may sometimes be more expressive than words. The Migos member sent Saweetie a single message. “❄️,” to which she replied with a “🍜 ” emoji in return. A three-year romance resulted from the little talk!

Bethenny Frankel and Paul Bernon

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When the Real Housewives of New York City actress and the movie producer first met in 2018, they clicked right away.

 “We met on a dating app. I was pretty lucky when I walked in and saw him. He had a twinkle. He came as advertised—better than advertised. He overshot the mark,” Bethenny told People.

Holland Taylor and Sarah Paulson

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These two waited a decade to finally get together, to be exact. Holland slipped into Sarah’s Twitter DMs ten years after they first met at a party in 2005. At the time, they were working on a PSA for women’s rights, which aided in their reunion.

Tyler Cameron and Camila Kendra

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If the former Bachelorette contestant is presently DMing people on Instagram, it wouldn’t surprise us. It’s how he first met Camila Kendra, whom he dated for eight months, after all. Sadly, the couple broke up just a week after he called the model his “soulmate.”

Laverne Cox and Kyle Draper

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In 2017, the actress used Tinder to find her two-year relationship. In 2018, she spoke with Access Hollywood saying: “I’m a Tinder girl. When I broke up with my ex, I went back on Tinder, because I feel like if you want to date, you have to be on the apps. You have to be on the apps to be in the game.”

Winnie Harlow and Kyle Kuzma

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The NBA star needed to try twice before he succeeded in making Winnie take notice of him. Kyle sent his first direct message, which the model unintentionally missed for a whole year until he sent a second one. Messages evolved into FaceTimes, which in 2020 evolved into quarantining one another.

Heather Rae Young and Tarek El Moussa

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Tarek was rejected by the Selling Sunset star when he DMed her while she was seeing someone else. He humorously forgot about it when he attempted to ask her out again years later.

“She was like, ‘You already asked me out.’ So I looked back [at my DMs] and asked, ‘So, do you still have that boyfriend?’ and she’s like ‘Nope,'” he joked on the Not Skinny But Not Fat podcast.

Ben Higgins and Jessica Clarke

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The former Bachelor star, like many other celebrities on this list, was able to enter Jessica’s direct message.

“I took a risk and I am glad I did,” he wrote on Instagram about his now-wife, who is a licensed esthetician. “She is someone special, and I look forward to where life is going to take us.”

Ryan Lochte and Kayla Rae Reid

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Another Olympian’s marriage was made possible through Tinder. On the app, Ryan was paired with his model wife. “He was on Tinder. I might be on Tinder…That’s all I’m going to say about it,” she told The Daily Mail.

Ricky Martin and Jwan Yosef

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The couple connected via their shared passion of art when the musician met his future spouse on Instagram.

“We were talking for, like, six months without me hearing his voice … And then one day I went to London and I met him. And it was game over,” Ricky told Andy Cohen in 2017.

Jake T. Austin and Danielle Caesar

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Jake T. Austin was a former Disney star who attracted a lot of young females. But when Danielle Caesar, a follower, tweeted at him for five years, he eventually paid attention and the two began dating. They persisted for a number of years before giving up.

Amber Riley and DeSean Black

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Hi DeSean, how are you? was the Glee alum’s first direct message to DeSean. His response, “Hey beautiful I’m doing great and you???,” sparked a long-term romance that ended after a two-year engagement.

Emmy Rossum and Adam Duritz

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The actress and the lead singer of Counting Crows started dating briefly in 2009 after the lead singer “dared” her in a tweet to perform a song with him when they were on tour.

Francisco Lindor and Katia Reguero

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The shortstop for the New York Mets and his spouse got to know one other online. The moment her photo appeared after he messaged her on Instagram, he exclaimed, “This girl is beautiful!” he told the New York Post. The athlete quickly realized she was “The One” after a few months.

Nick Kroll and Lily Kwong

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The comedian and the model-turned-architect first connected in 2018 through the celebrity dating app Raya. Their son was born in early 2021 after their 2020 wedding.

Julia Michaels and JP Saxe

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JP received a DMed from singer Julia asking if they might collaborate on songwriting. “We wrote ‘If the World Was Ending’ the day we met,” she revealed to Ryan Seacrest. “I think we started dating like nine days later or something.”

Zara Larsson and Brian Whittaker

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In 2015, the singer was open about her love for model Brian Whittaker, asking her fans to help her find the unidentified man she had seen in an internet photo.

“I found [him] on Twitter. I was like, ‘Who is this guy? He is so cute,'” she told Australian radio hosts Kyle and Jackie O. “So this was two years ago and someone [sent his] Instagram and he saw the Tweet and replied and said, ‘Hey it’s me.'” The online exchange turned into a two-year relationship.

Tana Mongeau and Jake Paul

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Whether or not YouTubers ever existed or if they were only in it for the following has been the subject of a great deal of discussion throughout the years. But Paul made a revelation in a video titled “To the PEOPLE who believe we aren’t REALLY engaged:  that their relationship kicked off when he DMed Tana in July 2019. After their breakup, he was back in her DMs asking for another chance, she later revealed.

Deborah Ann Woll and E.J. Scott

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These two connected on Match.com, which hasn’t yet been included on this list. The True Blood actress spoke candidly to Good Day LA about her husband’s rare eye condition, adding, “He put it up on his profile, and I thought that was so brave, that he was so open about it.”

Colton Underwood and Aly Raisman

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The Olympic gymnast accepted the former NFL player’s request after a video of him asking her out went viral on social media. Before he gained prominence on reality TV shows The Bachelorette and The Bachelor, they ended up dating for a year.

Austin Mahone and Katya Henry

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The singer and the fitness instructor met after he sent her a DM.

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