Anyone with access to Twitter or Instagram is probably aware that Ariana Grande announced her engagement to real estate agent Dalton Gomez. However, you may not have noticed the sweet hidden meaning behind her Instagram caption…and the ring itself!
“Forever n then some,” Grande captioned her engagement post on Sunday, December 20, alongside pics cuddled up with Gomez. She also posted a few shots of her oval-cut diamond and white pearl engagement ring.
What’s the hidden message in that, you ask? In 2018 the Positions pop star captioned a different photo with that same caption. “Forever n then some,” she tweeted alongside a photo of her late grandfather Frank Grande and grandmother Marjorie Grande. Excuse me—I just need to dab away a few tears.
This may not even be where the ode to her grandparents ends. As Elle pointed out, following the passing of Frank Grande in 2014, her grandmother gifted her a custom-made pearl ring from one of his tie pins. “Nonna had a ring made for me w/ the pearl from grandpa’s tie pin. She says he told her in a dream it’d protect me. <3,” Ari tweeted in October of that year.
Is it possible this is the same pearl featured on Ariana Grande’s engagement ring? Here’s a closer look:
Whether or not this is a direct reference to her grandfather, we already know the engagement has her mother’s seal of approval. “I am so excited to welcome Dalton Gomez into our family! Ariana, I love you and Dalton so much!!!! Here’s to happily ever after! YAY! xoxoxo,” Joan Grande tweeted.
“They couldn’t be happier, they’re just so excited. This is a happy time for them, both sets of parents are thrilled,” a source told People. Grande and Gomez have been dating for just under a year and have kept their relationship pretty quiet. The couple went Instagram-official only in June, following his reveal in Grande and Justin Bieber’s “Stuck With U” music video.