Breaking news: Ariana Grande is not dating SpongeBob SquarePants (at least, not how you might think).
Well, one of the things Ethan is best known for is playing SpongeBob in the eponymous Broadway musical, even getting a Tony nomination in the process.
As such, The Cut went with the headline “Is Ariana Grande Dating SpongeBob Now?” when covering the hubbub. However, the reference to SpongeBob apparently caught the attention of the wife of Tom Kenny, AKA the voice actor who plays SpongeBob.
According to People, Jill Talley hopped into the comments to clarify that the sea sponge in question was not her husband. “Hi everyone, I’m married to Tom Kenny,” she wrote. “He is not dating Ariana Grande.”
“I don’t know if Ethan Slater (who played SpongeBob in the musical) is or isn’t dating Ariana Grande. However, they’re both adorable and I totally ship it. Just wanted to set the record straight.”
“P.S. as for me and Tom Kenny — we are celebrating our 27th wedding anniversary today,” she added.
WHAT A TIME TO BE ALIVE, FOLKS.