Big Sean, Ariana Grande’s Boyfriend: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

Sean Michael Leonard Anderson, aka Big Sean, is dating Ariana Grande. Read on for the facts on their relationship and all about Big Sean.

1. Grande Started Dating Big Sean After the Passing of her Grandfather

In late July 2014, Ariana Grande’s beloved grandfather passed away. At the time she was dating on-again boyfriend Jai Brooks of The Janoskians. Reports began to swirl that Jai wasn’t there for Ariana in her time of need, so she called it quits. Read the below tweet that Ariana posted about the break up and the passing of her grandpa.

Shortly after the break up, rumors began to spread about Grande dating Big Sean. The couple’s first sighting together was backstage at the VMAs when they were caught holding hands. The couple were also reportedly seen at The Grove in Los Angeles recently, getting intimate while watching a movie.

2. Naya Rivera Is His Ex

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Big Sean was previously engaged to Glee diva Naya Rivera, but he pulled the plug on their relationship in April 2014. A rep for Big Sean released this statement when the break up occurred:

After careful thought and much consideration, Sean has made the difficult decision to call the wedding off. The recent rumors and accusations reported by so called or fake sources are simply untrue. Sean wishes Naya nothing but the best and it is still his hope that they can continue to work through their issues privately. We will not be commenting again on this matter.

Naya Rivera married Ryan Dorsey just three months after her break up with Big Sean. On a strange note, Rivera tied the knot on the same date she had planned to marry Big Sean. Reportedly, when Rivera found out about Big Sean dating Grande, she became very upset because he had supposedly cheated on her with Grande in the past.

3. Sean Supported Girlfriend Ariana in a Recent Photo Scandal

Jennifer Lawrence, Ariana Grande, and Kate Upton are just a few of the celebrities caught up in a scandal involving leaked nude images. After their photos were hijacked, the authorities were notified and the list of celebrity victims is extremely long. One person at the top of the list is Ariana Grande, though she’s denied that the photos are real. Other stars involved have confirmed that the photos of themselves are, in fact, completely real.

Big Sean has reportedly provided a great deal of emotional support to Grande during this time. Hollywood Life reported:

Big Sean was originally there for Ariana to comfort her over the leak even though she denied to the world that the pics of her were not real and with Ariana not worried about it, it is only making Sean not worried about it. And why worry when he gets to see it for free. He is taking it all in stride and he is following Ariana’s lead and not worried about it.

4. Big Sean Was Arrested for Sexual Assault in 2011

In August 2011, Big Sean was arrested for sexual assault at a concert in Lewiston, New York. Wikipedia writes:

On October 26, 2011, Big Sean pleaded guilty to second degree unlawful imprisonment, and was fined $750. The charges of third-degree sexual abuse were dropped. Big Sean’s attorney, Scott Leemon, stated that Big Sean “…did not engage in any type of sexual misconduct.”

MTV previously reported:

The rapper, born Sean Anderson, was arrested along with Willie Hansbro at approximately 9:50 p.m. ET after the woman issued the complaint.

5. He Has a Huge Endorsement Deal With Adidas

Big Sean has a style all his own and signed a huge endorsement deal with Adidas, where he has released his own “Detroit Player” line of sneakers. Sean opened up about his design inspiration to The Source saying:

A lot of my fashion inspiration comes from my older brother. Growing up he was actually one the freshest guys I knew. In grade school his hand me downs kept me fresh as well. I remember him wearing the cartier glasses that i started recently wearing. He knew how to switch his style up, he would rock jerseys but yet know how to put together a polo. I learned a lot from him as well as Kanye, Don C, Ibn Jasper, Nigo, Pharell, and Vigil.

As far as his personal shoe collection at home, he says he’s amassed about 350 pairs.