Ariana Grande is rumored to be dating Mac Miller after they were photographed kissing at a Los Angeles restaurant.
According to TMZ, the pair had dinner at Katsu-Ya on Sunday. A source confirmed to the site that they’re romantically involved. Miller is the second rapper the singer has been linked to since dating Big Sean in 2015. There was also a rumor that Grande, 23, was involved with her dancer Ricky Alvarez, based on an Us Weekly report.
Of course, Miller has become incredibly popular since releasing his 2010 mixtape “K.I.D.S,” but here are some fun facts about the 24-year-old rapper:
1. Miller Started Using The Drink Lean in 2011
It was after his album “Blue Slide Park” came out and Miller said he had trouble being criticized. “A lot of the reviews were more on me as a person,” he told Complex in January 2013. “To be honest, that was even worst. You’re 19, you're so excited to put out your first album, you put it out, and no one has respect for what you did.”
2. Miller Had A Falling Out With Donald Trump
In 2011, the Pittsburgh rapper released his song “Donald Trump,” off his mixtape “Best Day Ever, and at first the Presidential candidate praised the song but then threatened to sue.
Then in 2013, the real estate mogul insulted Miller on Twitter. “You illegally used my name for your song ‘Donald Trump,’ which now has over 75 million hits. I’m now going to teach you a big boy lesson about lawsuits and finance. You ungrateful dog,” he tweeted.
3. Miller’s “Blue Side Park” Album Broke A Record That Lasted For 16-Years
According to Billboard, the rapper’s 2011 album sold 144,000 copies in its first week, becoming the first independent album to do so since 1995. The first group to actually achieve that mark was Tha Dogg Pound with their album “Dogg Food.”
4. Miller Likes To Play Golf
Besides songwriting, Mac Miller seems to enjoy hitting the golf ball, and some might say he has a decent swing based on a YouTube video that was posted. “Been playing this game for years,” he said in the clip. “Make million dollar deals on the golf course.”
The rapper also posted an Instagram photo of himself on the golf course earlier this week.
5. Miller Lived With His High School Girlfriend Nomi Leasure At One Point
According to Billboard, the Rostrum Records signee and his ex-girlfriend Nomi Leasure moved from Los Angeles to Brooklyn in 2015, and at that point they had been dating for seven years. Miller also took Leasure to his high school prom.
6. He’s A Huge Fan Of A Tribe Called Quest
While speaking to BET in 2012, the “GO:OD AM” creator said the New York group holds a special place in his heart. “I put them up there on a whole ‘nother level,” said Miller. He also said that he has a tattoo of the A Tribe Called Quest album “Beats Rhymes and Life.”
7. Miller’s Net Worth Is Rumored To Be $10 Million
This is according to CelebrityNetWorth and the site also states that Miller and his label Rostrum Records only split 25 percent of the proceeds from the“Blue Slide Park” album with Apple, which allowed them to get a much bigger cut than having a deal with major record label.
8. The Rapper Says He Doesn’t Write Specifically For His Albums
“I’ve never recorded something for a project, per say, I just create,” said Miller in a 2014 interview with Clash. “I’m not trying to plan so much. I’m just trying to let things take shape and let the universe guide me, if you will.”
9. Miller Says He Doesn’t Want A Reputation For Being A Drug User
In February, Miller talked about initially smoking marijuana but then switching to other drugs because he wanted a different feeling.
“I needed to get a drug that was little more numbing,” he said to Complex. “I think that’s what really sparked me doing other drugs, because I hate being sober … I’d rather be the corny white rapper than the drugged-out mess …. There’s no legendary romance. You don’t go down in history because you overdosed.”
10. Miller And Good Friend Wiz Khalifa Bonded Over Late Rapper Big L
“I think that’s one of the reasons that [Wiz] mess with me,” said the “K.I.D.S” rapper in an interview with the French site LeBlacEtLaPlume in 2012 “Because I knew about L and you know, L was a big part of his life too.” A portion of the conversation was published by HipHopDX.
Miller also revealed that he and Khalifa’s mother are best friends since they’re all from Pittsburgh.
11. The Rapper First Denied Dating Ariana Grande in 2013
Romance rumors began when the two worked on the song “The Way,” off Grande’s debut album “Yours Truly.” They also shared a kiss in the video. “That’s the homie,” said Miller in a 2013 MTV interview. “Obviously, that [kiss] made everyone talk. I didn’t even know that was going to happen, and then we were shooting, and the director was like ‘This should happen and I’m like ‘Alright.’”