Things are still smooth sailing between Halle Bailey’s boyfriend, DDG, and the singer, according to “The Little Mermaid” star’s latest update on their relationship. Speaking to PEOPLE ahead of the May 26 debut of her Disney film, Bailey offered a smile and a laugh when asked if her rapper beau has the makings of a prince, like the fictional one she’s making in her movie. I do “People love to talk about it,” she told the outlet, “Yeah. I would say that.”
Despite breakup rumors between Bailey and DDG (real name Darryl Grandberry Jr.), the actor is happy with the state of his current love life. “I think the best thing about young love is that you’re able to find yourself through this journey of loving someone else,” Bailey added in her People interview published May 17. “And you’re discovering new parts of yourself and maybe things you hadn’t noticed about your heart before.”
Bailey, 23, and DDG’s relationship has been the talk of the Internet streets lately, especially amid “The Little Mermaid” buzz. Although fans noticed that the two didn’t pose for any photos together at the Los Angeles premiere of Bailey’s film on May 8, the two have been each other’s red carpet companions in recent months. The pair last posed together at Vanity Fair’s Oscars on March 12, and before that, they were photographed at premiere events for “Avatar 2: The Way of Water” in December and “Creed III” in February . They were also seen together at Milan Fashion Week in the same month.
The couple’s 2023 public visit comes as Bailey spoke about her romance with Essence in their September/October cover story, in which she shared details about how the pair first became acquainted, revealing That music brought them together.
Bailey told the outlet, “I grew up on YouTube and always looked up to young Black creators and was constantly inspired by them. He was one of them.” He said he first saw 25-year-old DDG online in 2015, but didn’t connect until he heard about his new music. “… I saw he was dropping music, and I was really drawn to this one song. Coincidentally he messaged me – and the rest is history.”
Bailey and DDG made their glamorous red carpet debut as a couple at the 2022 BET Awards, but the pair have been dating for a while now. Romance rumors first started swirling when they were seen together at an Usher concert in January 2022. Two months later, on March 27, they became Instagram official.
Since then, the couple has only had good things to say about each other. DDG said of his girlfriend in a July 2022 interview with DJ Academics, “She honestly inspired me to be better and work harder and reach certain levels.” Sitting down with “The Breakfast Club” in November 2022, he also said of Bailey, “I’ve never had anybody, like, really inspire me like she does.”
From posting adorable pictures of each other on social media to Bailey teaching DDG singing lessons on TikTok, read more about the timeline of the couple’s relationship.