As Yo Gotti once said, it really does go down in the DMs, folks. From embarrassing dad jokes to online dares, these stars are living proof that sometimes your perfect match is one late-night text away...
Quavo & Saweetie
Ever wondered how one of hip-hop's power couples first got together? A snowflake. Yes, you read that right. But don't get too confused just yet. In fact, something tells us you might just relate to them, after all.
"I was like, 'D*mn! Who this?'" Quavo told GQ of the moment he stumbled across Saweetie on his explore page. So, what'd he do? "You an icy girl, you need a glacier boy," he wrote, sliding into her DMs with, yes, a snowflake emoji.
Dua Lipa & Anwar Hadid
"I have a confession to make," the Don't Start Now artist revealed on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen. Have any idea what it might be? Yes, it involves social media, and yes, it involves her current boyfriend, Anwar Hadid. So, what exactly did Dua own up to?
Something most of us (admit it or not) are actually pretty guilty of: sliding into a celeb's DMs. Unlike us, though, she actually got a text back, and, well, the rest is history. "So my current boyfriend," Lipa revealed when asked if she'd ever made a move online. "We actually met at a barbecue. But then it carried on into DMs."
Zara Larsson & Brian Whittaker
Granted, they might no longer be together, but our next famous faces and the story of how they came to be is so legendary, it'll reign forever in the Twitter hall-of-fame. So, how did the Swedish pop star and her former beau come to be? For starters, "It goes down in the DM," as Larsson herself put it.
It all started when Zara stumbled across the model's pictures, enlisting Twitter's help to find her mystery man: "Who are you, where do you live, how old are you, why are you so fine, how do you like your eggs cooked in the morning?" she joked. Sure enough, Brian soon saw the tweet, DM'ed her, and the rest is history.
Nick Young & Iggy Azalea
From a swanky 8+ carat diamond ring to torching every designer thread the NBA star owns (well, used to), Iggy Azalea and her famous ex have taken us on quite the ride over the years. Perhaps that's why we were too busy trying to keep up, to even wonder how exactly the spiteful couple came to be. Well, we've got your answer.
On second thought, it depends who you ask: "I was watching a video of hers," Young recalled. "I was like, 'Oh man, she looks very hot.' I go to my Twitter… And then I got to mackin'." How does Iggy recall it? "You said you had a crush. And we have the same friends who lied and said he was way cooler and nicer than he actually was." Ouch.
Ryan Lochte & Kayla Rae Reid
Sure, slipping into the DMs to decide what club you'll be hitting up over the weekend might not sound the, um, most romantic, but when it comes to this athlete, that's exactly what happened; And much like in the Beijing Olympic Games, these endeavors had Lochte striking gold.
No, there were no 100-meter backstrokes involved, but he certainly dove headfirst into this one: "She was living in L.A. at the time, and I was... [going] to L.A.," he revealed to People of his wife, former Playboy Playmate. So, what'd he do? "He was so persistent, constantly," that "I was like, 'Oh fine! I'll meet with you,'" Reid joked.
Joe Jonas & Sophie Turner
What does a typical 'fine day' look like for you? For this Game of Thrones actress, it calls for an international rock-star sliding into her DMs. No big deal, right? Then again, when you're the Queen of the North, well, are we really that surprised here?
"We were following each other on Instagram, and he direct-messaged me one fine day, out of the blue," Turner revealed to Harpers Bazaar of how she and her husband first met. But don't think Joe had it easy: "The people who watch [GOT] are quite protective of me... They write to him... 'If you do anything to her... if you break her heart...'"
Sarah Hyland & Wells Adams
It's the ABC crossover you never knew you needed, folks: Modern Family's Sarah Hyland and The Bachelorette's Wells Adams. Only in this story, we're not going to make you wait months to find out who walked home with the final rose. Sorry, Chris Harrison.
"He slid into my DMs," Hyland revealed to Jimmy Kimmel of her current boyfriend, Bachelor in Paradise bartender, Wells Adams. That's right, and all it took were tacos and tequila to win her over: "Next time I'm in LA, I'm taking you out for drinks and tacos," he wrote. Suddenly we've never related more.
Dylan Sprouse & Barbara Palvin
Thought you'd been ghosted badly before? Our next guilty party was left on read for, wait for it, 6 months, before the child-star finally got a text back. Lucky for a now-beau'd up Sprouse, we all know how this story ends, though. But where exactly did it start?
"She followed me, so I was like, I guess I'll give her something," Sprouse told W Magazine. So, what'd he do? "[So] I slid into her DMs." Unfortunately for him, the Hungarian model "Took her time," to put it lightly. Flash forward to today? The 'it couple''s reality has them 2+ years deep with no signs of slowing down anytime soon.
Nick Jonas & Priyanka Chopra
Step aside Joe, it looks like you're not the only one who knows how to, um, make the most of social media. Then again, maybe he's the one who taught his baby brother about the power of DMs, after all. Either way, the story of how Nick and now-wife Priyanka came to meet is bound to make you cringe and jealous at the same time.
"I'm hearing from a few mutual friends that we should meet," a smitten Jonas told Vogue of the Twitter message that started it all. Her response? "My team can read this. Why don't you just text me." How unromantic, huh? Think again, Priyanka knew exactly what she was doing: "Boy got the number!"
Brittany Snow & Tyler Stanaland
Our next celebrity couple is living proof that dad jokes might just actually land you your dream girl, after all. Then again, please don't quote us on that one. In fact, if you ask the Pitch Perfect bombshell, she'll tell you otherwise. Consider this your warning.
"I sent a direct message with the most embarrassing pickup line. A dad joke," real-estate agent, Tyler Stanaland revealed to The Knot. Safe to say, he must have done something right because the couple went on to tie the knot this past March. How does Brittany credit it? "If it wasn't that I had a crush on him for years and years…" she joked.
Tana Mongeau & Jake Paul
From getting engaged after 2 months of dating to that Vegas wedding... to calling it quits months later, this former YouTube couple hasn't exactly had the most, um, conventional ride. Perhaps that's why it shouldn't be too much of a surprise that the exes first came to meet on the 'gram. What went down in those DMs?
Well, we can’t exactly tell you. You see, no one really knows. What we do know, though, is that Paul came clean about keeping up with the blonde beauty long before finally sliding into those messages. “I saw you on social media for 2 years,” he revealed on YouTube, “ - And [then] slid into my DMs,” Tana added. How romantic.
Elon Musk & Grimes
From flying cars to dreams of invading Mars, there's no doubt about it: there's nothing ordinary about Mr. Tesla, otherwise known as Elon Musk. But you know what else is extraordinary? The story of how he and X Æ A-12's baby mama, Grimes, first came to be.
In fact, according to a source at Page Six, their relationship can all be traced back to one simple (yet slightly confusing) joke about A.I. Are we even really that surprised here? As the story goes, "Elon was researching the idea of joking about Rococo Basilisk" when he saw Grimes had already done so. So, what'd he do? DM her, of course.
Madelaine Petsch & Travis Mills
Imagine unsuccessfully auditioning for your favorite Netflix series, only to end up dating the star of the show; Seems like something that only exists in our dreams, huh? Well, for Travis Mills, that dream was all too real. And, believe it or not, he's got his DMs to thank for that.
"He messaged me on Facebook in January of season one and congratulated me on the show," the Riverdale actress told Cosmopolitan of her now ex-boyfriend. "He had auditioned for Jughead." But while the tatted-up star never made it to our screens, we'd say he did just fine for himself.
Tyra Banks & the Secret "Recording Artist"
Wanna be on top? Lucky for you, if you ask this smizing queen, all it takes is an online gesture. "I love DMs!" the America's Next Top Model star revealed on Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen. In fact, the international supermodel loves them so much, she even dated one lucky mystery man, all "Because he hit me up in the DMs."
"I dated a very famous recording artist because he hit me up in the DMs," Banks continued. Who, you're probably wondering? Looks like she'll be taking that one to the grave: "I would go into the restaurant first, and he would go in after… To this day, you guys don't know that I dated this guy." So many questions.
Wiz Khalifa & Amber Rose
Much like Azalea and her, um, "not that cool" ex, there was once a time when Wiz and Amber were dominating the world of hip-hop, together. Safe to say, a lot has changed since then. But before the Twitter bloodbaths and heated custody battles, Amber was actually the only girl in the world for the Black and Yellow rapper. Literally.
"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,'" the model told Us. So, what'd she do? "Hit him up on Twitter," of course. "I said, 'That's really cute,' and we fell in love!"
Calvin Harris & Rita Ora
Our next famous faces and their former fling starts and ends with Twitter - at least if you ask the Hollywood DJ. As for Rita? “She didn’t think he was going to make the announcement - she was shocked,” a source told The Sun after Harris revealed their sudden split to the world.
You see, back in 2014, the A-list couple first came to be, as they exchanged loved-up messages (140 characters or less, of course) on the online platform. While we can't tell you exactly what went down, we do know that the now-exes have since buried the hatchet, so does it even matter?
Emmy Rossum & Adam Duritz
For most of us, truth or dare might not call for the best decisions, but hey, you can't say it doesn't make for good entertainment; As for this Shameless star? We're sure Emmy Rossum would agree, you know, considering she's got an online dare to thank for this former relationship.
Yep, you read that right. "That's how we met – on a dare," the actress told Valentine in the Morning on how she and the Counting Crows frontman came to be. "They dared me [on Twitter] to come sing with them a song that I'd never sung before." So, what'd she do? "I ended up on tour with the band... it was very, very fun."
Ricky Martin & Jwan Yosef
While Barbara might have left Dylan hanging for 6 months, our next famous face also shared that same fate. In fact, as the Puerto Rican artist revealed to Ellen DeGeneres, it took about half a year before he finally heard his husband's voice; And, well, let's just say it was worth the wait.
It all started on the 'gram, when the art collector came across his most valuable piece yet - in more ways than one. "I'm scrolling, and I see this beautiful piece of art, and I'm like, 'Whoa, how cool! Who's this?'" Martin told Andy Cohen. Sure enough, after talking in the DMs for 6 months, the couple finally came face to face in London.
Sarah Paulson & Holland Taylor
"My life choices are, um, unconventional," the American Horror Story actress told The Edit. No, she wasn't referencing the time viewers watched her as a conjoined twin or murderous nurse. In fact, the star's off-screen adventures might just be as fascinating as the ones at Lucia State Hospital. Of course, minus all of the blood and gore.
You see, as she put it, "I'm with a much older person, and people find that totally fascinating." But for her? "It's the least interesting thing about me." So how exactly did the 45-year-old come to date the 77-year-old star? Holland Taylor slid into her DMs. Yep, welcome to 2020, folks.
Blac Chyna & Soulja Boy
Our next love story ends faster than you could even say, "crank that." Seriously, try to keep up. It all started back in 2019 when Soulja Boy and the Rob & Chyna star made their sudden relationship Instagram-official. How'd they meet? After each slid into the other's DMs. But while the feelings were clearly mutual, they, um, didn't last long.
In the span of 2 weeks, the new couple went from loved up at "Sean Kingston's L.A. penthouse," where "Things got heated," as TMZ reported, to bitter exes, taking jabs at one another in the same place they met. "That's why I took your @tunesaudio Headphone deal," Chyna wrote on Instagram, laughing how she'd snagged one of his endorsements.
Ariana Grande & Jai Brooks
Step aside Kim and Kourtney, because the story of how this pop-star and Janoskian brother (remember them?) came to be, is officially sibling rivalry at its finest. Back in 2012, when just about everyone was keeping up with the Australian brothers, the YouTube stars were busy keeping up with someone else: Ariana Grande.
So much so, that Jai and his twin brother, Luke, set off on a competition to see who could catch the superstar's attention first. Any guess who won? Sure enough, after Grande's own mother stumbled across Jai's video, it was only a matter of time before the singer slipped into her not-so-secret admirer's Twitter DMs, and the rest is history.
Mandy Moore & Taylor Goldsmith
We don't know about you guys, but after hearing the story of how these two came to be, we might just have to take to the 'gram and shoot our shot with our favorite artist. What? It worked for this actress. Only she didn't exactly do a whole lot of chasing. Oh, to be rich and famous.
Back in 2015, the Dawes superfan took to the 'gram to gush about the band's latest album, only little did Moore know, it'd soon morph into the soundtrack of her life, literally. "I took a picture of their album and posted it on Instagram," the actress told People. Sure enough, "Taylor saw it and sent a note to me... and the rest is history."
Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi & Emilio Masella
Long before she was fist-pumping her way through Seaside Heights, this Jersey Shore wild-child was busy sliding into Facebook Messenger. Remember that? Yep, we're taking you all the way back to 2010, where this legendary love story starts - and ends; Cue the nostalgia.
"How did I meet him? Facebook," Snooki revealed to MTV of her former fling, personal trainer, Emilio Masella. "That's sad, huh?" If the name doesn't ring a bell, don't worry, that's probably because she actually "Met him before the show," as she put it. "We talked on Facebook a couple of weeks before... wasn't anything too serious."
Halsey & Yungblud
Remember when Halsey and Yungblud stepped out as a couple? Don't worry, neither do we. Not that we're judging. But while the former couple might not have shared a happy ending, the story of how they came to be is actually quite legendary. In fact, as Yungblud told 97.1 AMP, it "Was like.. so cool."
"I was just in the studio with my mates, and I was like… 'What?!?'" the British star explained. What happened? "I did the DM slide," Halsey admitted. "I was sitting at home and… I really wanted to have a real conversation." Sure enough, after slipping him her number - and a black heart, of course - the two went on to date for almost a year.
Nicky Jam & Angelica Cruz
Sorry to disappoint, but if you ask our next guest of how he and his former wife first met, "It's not so romantic," as the singer told Jorge Pabón. But if you ask us? Consider us impressed. I mean, all it took was one late-night selfie for the Latino star to win over the Colombian model.
"She was very pretty," Jam explained, after stumbling across the tv-host on his screen one night. So, what'd he do? Send her a DM, of course, with a selfie of himself asking Cruz to be his "Best friend." Unfortunately, it took some convincing: "She made this face like she didn't believe it was me… I harassed her for a few weeks."
Lil Xan & Noah Cyrus
If you ask Noah Cyrus about the power of the DMs, make no mistake about it, "It works people," as she told E! News. Wait, actually, on second thought, we're going to have to take that one back. "Actually, it didn't work," the artist corrected herself. Ouch.
What went wrong, exactly? "Xan slid into the DMs," she explained of her now-ex boyfriend. But while the rapper DM'd her in February, "I didn't see it for months," Cyrus admitted. Eventually, "I saw that he was following me and I was like, 'Lil Xan, cool... I'll follow him back,'" she continued. "...And then I saw his DM."
Sadie Robertson & Austin North
Ever heard the saying 'if it's meant to be, it'll be?' Ya, well, something tells us it was penned with these two in mind. You see, it took almost 2 years for this former couple to find their way to one another, but thanks to Twitter - and a little bit of luck - they've gone on to give Nicholas Sparks a run for his money.
"Austin DM'd me on Twitter two summers ago... giving me his number," the Duck Dynasty actress told E.T. back in 2018. But "Things fizzled out just from lack of never actually meeting." As fate would have it, though, 2 years later, the star was in L.A. when her "Friend said she wanted to set me up with someone." Who was it? "Austin!"
Lizzo & Drake
Well, sort of. Unlike our other online prowlers, this twerking legend might not have landed her celebrity crush, but that doesn't make this entire exchange any less iconic. In fact, much like Drizzy, this diva sure wears her heart on her sleeve - and we're here for it.
"I slid into Drake's DMs, it was booold," the artist told Busy Tonight. "I was drunk, I was just like, 'Let's just see if this mother****** can sing.'" Well, um, believe it or not, the next morning, Lizzo unsent it; But while she may have yet to master the art of DMs, we think she'll be just fine. In fact, some might say she's doing good as h*ll.
Mac Miller & Ariana Grande
As Ariana will remind ya, Thanksgiving is more than just a time to stuff our faces silly and kick back to the latest NFL game. But did you know that the artist's public display of thanks once led her to win over this late rapper? Brace yourself, this is 'bout to make you feel as warm on the inside as mom's turkey stuffing and homemade gravy.
It all started back in November of 2012 when the pop star took to Twitter to ask what fans were thankful for that year. “The velvet revival,” Mac replied, referencing his latest EP. Sure enough, after several back-and-forth exchanges, the two went on to link up for their very first collab, Baby It’s Cold Outside, and the rest is history. This artist is so missed.
Big Sean & Naya Rivera
If you ask Big Sean who introduced him to his famous ex-fiancee, the answer is quite simple. In fact, it can actually be summed up into one word: "Twitter," as he told E! News. But while we all know how the bitter exes' story ended, how did the rapper and the late Glee star come to meet?
"I had followed him, and he sent me a little message like, 'I'm a fan,'" Rivera told Access Hollywood. As she put it, "I was trying to get his attention." Safe to say, the Hollywood beauty did just that, as the two soon "Went to dinner, and the rest is history." We miss this star so much!