When it comes to sliding into people’s DMs, even Hollywood’s biggest stars have no shame about it. Surprisingly, tons of celebrity couples actually met and got together because of a casual direct message conversation via social media.
Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner, for one, had tons of “mutual friends” who wanted to introduce them for years. But it wasn’t until the Jonas Brothers member sent a message to the Game of Thrones star via Instagram that their love story started. “We were following each other on Instagram, and he direct messaged me one fine day, out of the blue,” Sophie told Harper’s Bazaar U.K.Opens in a new Window. in March 2019, and the rest is history.
Let’s not forget that before The Bachelorette alum Wells Adams and Modern Family star Sarah Hyland were engaged, they decided to go on a date following a direct message conversation. After the actress posted a tweet about her now-fiancé, he took that as an opportunity to message her. “And that’s how our love story began,” Sarah joked during an interview with CosmopolitanOpens in a new Window. in April 2020.
“It’s the most millennial thing in the entire world. I kind of want to gag at it,” the Vampire Academy alum said about their first meeting. “I asked him when he was going to ask me to be his girlfriend. I’m impatient.”
Things progressed fast for the couple after tier initial chat. “We were talking about what kinds of weddings we wanted four days after we made things official,” Sarah explained to Cosmo. “I hate that typical cliché of ‘when you know, you know,’ but it’s so f–king true. At least it was for me.”
While other stars have publicly retold the story of their social media love story, some have just admitted to using the DMs as a way to meet potential partners. Demi Lovato told InStyleOpens in a new Window. in March 2018 that they often make the first move, sometimes even in the direct messages. “I’m normally the first one to make the move. I’m always the one who says, ‘Let me get your number.’ Or I slide into their DMs on Instagram,” they explained at the time.
From Barbara Palvin and Dylan Sprouse to Dua Lipa and Anwar Hadid and more, tons of celebrity couples met their significant others through social media. Scroll through our gallery for a breakdown of the famous relationships that started in the DMs.
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Kenzie Ziegler and Tacoda Dubbs
“The way I met my boyfriend actually, I slid into his DMs. It was very funny,” the Dance Moms star said on E! News’ Down in the DMsOpens in a new Window. in January 2022. “I think I just said ‘hey.’ I think it was a very casual slide in the DM.”Opens in a new Window.
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Dua Lipa and Anwar Hadid
During a May 2020 episode of Watch What Happens Live with Andy CohenOpens in a new Window., the host asked Dua if she ever slid into a celebrity’s DMs. “I have a confession to make … Mine was my boyfriend, so my current boyfriend,” she admitted. “I definitely did that. … We actually met at a barbecue. But then it carried on onto DMs.”
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Tana Mongeau and Jake Paul
The Team 10 founder revealed in a July 2019 YouTube videoOpens in a new Window. that he met the fellow internet star after sliding into her DMs. The couple split in January 2020.Opens in a new Window.
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Sophie Turner and Joe Jonas
Sophie and Joe went on their first date after he direct messaged her via social media. They’ve since married and welcomed a daughter, Willa, together.
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Barbara Palvin and Dylan Sprouse
“She followed me, so I was like, ‘I guess I’ll give her something.’ And I slid into her DMs,” Dylan told W MagazineOpens in a new Window. in February 2019. “I was like, ‘Hey, I don’t know if you’re in New York for very long, but we should hang out if you want to. Here’s my number.’ And she didn’t message me for six months.”
The model added, “I took my time. I knew I wasn’t in a good mind set at the time, and maybe deep inside, I knew that it could be something more."Opens in a new Window.
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Sarah Hyland and Wells Adams
“Have you seen those memes of ‘Slide into the DMs?’ That. He slid into my DMs,” Sarah said on Jimmy Kimmel LiveOpens in a new Window. in January 2018. “I was following him. We had tweeted each other because I thought he was funny, and he was a fan of the show.”
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Madelaine Petsch and Travis Mills
“He messaged me on Facebook in January of season 1 [of Riverdale] and congratulated me on the show,” the actress told CosmopolitanOpens in a new Window. in October 2017. “He had auditioned for Jughead. I think we just randomly had mutual friends, so we added each other. We kept in touch very rarely, not even that much, from January to February, and then the day I got back from season 1 in February, I was bored in L.A., believe it or not. I was like, ‘What am I gonna do?’ I got my hair cut and he texted me like, ‘Let’s go to a movie!’ We hung out and spent every single day together that I’ve been in L.A. since then, since February.”
The couple split in February 2020.Opens in a new Window.
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Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra Jonas
“I’m hearing from a few mutual friends that we should meet,” the singer told VogueOpens in a new Window. in December 2018 that’s what he messaged the actress on Twitter. She replied, “She responded day of with a message that said, ‘My team can read this. Why don’t you just text me.’”
They got married in December 2018.