- Celebrities including David Harbour, Lizzo, and Keke Palmer have talked about trying dating apps.
- Many celebrities say they’ve used Raya, an invite-only dating app, but some also used Bumble and Tinder.
- Here are 12 celebrities who have used dating apps over the years.
Average Joes aren’t the only ones swiping on Tinder. Over the past few years, stars including Channing Tatum and Demi Lovato have joined dating websites and apps.
An estimated three in ten Americans have reported using dating sites or apps, according to a 2020 study by Pew Research Center.
Not every celebrity has spoken on their dating app experiences, with some anonymous sources confirming the existence of their profiles. But some, like actresses Drew Barrymore and Chrissy Metz, have been open about their real-world searches for love and companionship.
Here’s what they have to say about looking for relationships online.
Drew Barrymore said she was stood up by a match after setting up a date.
On a January 2021 episode of her talk show “The Drew Barrymore Show,” Barrymore told comedian Nikki Glaser about her online dating woes.
The “50 First Dates” actress didn’t disclose the name of the app she used, but she did say this particular experience made her feel “stupid.”
“He stood me up at the exact time we were supposed to meet. I was like, ‘Can’t you be a jerk like an hour before? That would have been such a time saver,'” Barrymore told Glaser.
Katie Thurston, who starred on ‘The Bachelorette,’ said she joined invite-only dating app Raya in 2022.
On TikTok, Thurston said she made the decision to join after she broke up with “The Bachelorette” contestant John Hersey in June 2022.
She said she joined a month following their breakup announcement because she thought the approval process would take awhile and she’d be ready to date months later.
“My friends told me it takes a long time to get approved, so I was like, ‘I’ll apply now, and then six months from now I’ll start dating.’ Well, they approved me right away,” Thurston said in her TikTok video.
Since she wasn’t ready to date yet, she swiped with the intention of finding friends, Thurston said.
Chrissy Metz said she joined Bumble at the start of the pandemic.
“I love the idea that the woman gets to take the first step. I think that’s so cool, I love that. I mean, of course you got to kiss a lot of frogs before you find a prince,” Metz told Andy Cohen during his radio show SiriusXM’s Andy Cohen Live.
She met her boyfriend Bradley Collins, a songwriter, on Bumble.
In 2019, Lizzo said she was on Raya and hoping she would match with singer John Mayer.
Lizzo shared her foray into online dating during her appearance on now-defunct talk show “Busy Tonight.”
Now, Lizzo is dating music producer Myke Wright. In July, she said their relationship is “not monogamous” on an episode of radio show The Breakfast Club.
Olivia Rodrigo said using dating app Raya made her feel sick, so she left.
“I had Raya for a second, and it was so vomit. Like, I could not,” Rodrigo said in an interview for the September 2021 issue of GQ.
She added that she was happy focusing on her career and friends over dating.
Lena Dunham said she lasted 20 minutes on Raya before deciding it wasn’t for her.
The “Girls” creator wrote a humorous tweet about her experience in June 2021.
“Let’s have a contest for who lasted the shortest amount of time on Raya. I’ll go first, twenty minutes and one creative director of a watch company long!”
Demi Lovato said she tried to rejoin Raya after a relationship, but the app rejected her new profile.
I just deleted it out of respect to the person I was with, then we broke up and I went to get back on,” Lovato said during an interview with Harpers Bazaar.
“And I was like, ‘You know what? It’s fine. I don’t need to be on this because I think I’m supposed to be alone right now.'”
Kiernan Shipka said she’s usually too tired after work to date, but she’s used Raya and is a fan.
Since the actress started her career young and didn’t attend traditional school, it made meeting people to date “a funny situation,” she told Stylist in 2019.
Joining a dating app has helped, she said.
“Of course. Raya for life. Love it. God bless Raya,” Shipka told Stylist.
Lily Allen said he connected with husband David Harbour on a dating app after initially meeting at a talk show.
The couple got married in December 2020, after they connected on dating app Raya while both in London.
Allen said they had their first date at The Wolseley, a restaurant with a big famous clock, she told Sunday Times Style. She added that her date with Harbour was her first date ever.
Olympic figure skater Adam Rippon met his husband on Tinder.
Rippon started to date Jussi-Pekka, or JP, Kajaala in December 2018, after they met in 2017 while both working in Finland.
On December 31 2021, Rippon announced they got married.
Channing Tatum reportedly joined invite-only dating app Raya in 2019, a source told US Weekly.
The anonymous source said he joined after splitting with singer Jessie J in November 2019. Tatum’s Raya profile mentions his former career as a stripper, the anonymous source told Us Weekly.
Keke Palmer went on one date with someone she met on Raya, but hasn’t tried since.
“I’ve always had the same philosophy when it comes to dating. Not that I wouldn’t give someone a try. But trying to keep my private life outside of my work life, to me, it’s easiest when you don’t date someone with the same career,” she told Harpers Bazaar.
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