"He smells rich, I can't explain it." Thanks, Kim K, for reminding us that your husband's cash-centric qualities are so appealing. With that $1.4 million Ferrari that Travis Scott gifted Kylie, we're sort of seeing a pattern.
Travis Scott might be a massive deal right now, but back when he started dating Kylie Jenner, he was still relatively small-time. Label him with a #DatingKylie though, and the new "Golden Couple" has been served up on a platter.
Power couples have been around since, like, forever. Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston were already giant A-listers when they got married in 2000. JLO dated Diddy back in the day, although her current beau, A-Rod, is just as much of a star. Bey and Jay speak for themselves.
Ariana Grande took a different route (like anybody's going to forget that one). Ari's decision to almost marry Pete Davidson threw everybody a lot of question marks. With "Sweetener" breaking records left, right and center, this girl was already an A-lister by the time "Dangerous Woman" dropped.
Pete Davidson? Literally, Pete "who?" Sure, being on SNL is a bigger career than pulling shifts at Wendy's. Then again, it isn't like Ari dated a One Direction member. She joins countless celebs who seem to be following the same pattern. It's called dating below their status. Some even go onto marry total normies.
It's time for a closer look. Here are 12 celebs who dated below their status (plus eight who exclusively stick to the A-list).
20 Ariana & Pete: 'I'm 100% Marrying Him' The Day She Met Him (But Kind Of A Step Down)
Hands up who kind of had to Google who Pete Davidson even was. Ariana Grande is set to become the most-followed person on IG as her 145 million followers now put her neck-and-neck with Selena Gomez. Pete "just being" an SNL guy? Ari didn't care.
"I don't have crushes on people I don't know, I'm not crushy"—before telling her tour manager: I'm marrying him, 100 percent. I was like: I'm literally marrying him."
As E! reports, Ari fell for this guy like we fall for the cute barista in Starbucks. The media outlet even reported how much of a career boost dating Ariana was for Pete. Ariana officially dates below her status. #RickyAlvarez, #MacMiller
19 Kylie & Travis: 126 Million Followers, Versus 15.3 Million
"How Did Travis Scott Become One of Music's Most Divisive Artists?" was High Snobiety's headline in 2018. This guy catapulted to fame, but back in the day, he was just another rapper.
It's called dating Kylie Jenner. With 126 million IG followers, Kylie is way ahead of Travis (who sits at just over 15 million). Bear in mind those last few million totally racked up after he got with Kylie.
"I just gotta sturdy up– I gotta propose in a fire way," Travis told Rolling Stone. Marry her he might, but Travis will be marrying up. Put it this way– was he fronting Met Gala headlines in 2016?
18 The Biebs: 'My Wife Is Awesome,' But Hailey Baldwin Isn't Quite Selena Gomez
Talk about getting married fast. Hailey Rhode Baldwin is now Mrs. Bieber following her 2018 marriage to The Biebs. This guy was still making headlines for splitting with Selena Gomez when Hailey came into his life. Hailey Baldwin's IG officially changed to Hailey Bieber within 24 hours of marrying Justin.
"My wife is awesome." IG is the way to update your relationship status. Note, #Wife, not #Girlfriend.
Justin Bieber is the biggest guy in pop. With high-profile ladies like Selena Gomez in his dating portfolio, though, getting together with a rising model was definitely a step down. It wasn't Gisele Bundchen or Kendall Jenner. It was Hailey (and he seems fine with it).
17 Brad Pitt: Jennifer Aniston, Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow...You Get The Picture
It doesn't get much more A-list than Brad Pitt. The original Hollywood hunk has been ruling the industry for decades– at 55 years old, this guy is nowhere near done. While Brad doesn't scream, "Ladies man!" like Leonardo DiCaprio does, he doesn't date nobodies.
Wife #1: Jennifer Aniston. Wife #2: Angelina Jolie. Previous ladies? Gwyneth Paltrow, Thandie Newton and Christina Applegate.
Brad's lady lineup basically echoed his career. The early days saw him date rising stars. By 1994, he was dating Gwyneth Paltrow. In 2000, he married Jen Aniston. Angelina Jolie...well, you don't need to be told that story.
16 Ellen DeGeneres: Earns $77 Million A Year, People Still Google Who Portia De Rossi Is
Ellen DeGeneres earned a staggering $87 million in 2018 for hosting The Ellen Show, as per Forbes's report. We tune in to dance along, and we've learned to balance the popcorn carefully– she will make us fall off our chairs. Ellen has been married to Portia de Rossi since 2008.
"The only thing we ever argue about is who loves who more, it really is true."
Ellen didn't need to introduce herself for this 2014 quote, as reported by E! News. Portia? Unless you watched Arrested Development, you might struggle to know that she's an Australian actress. Ellen didn't date a giant star. She married the love of her life.
15 Khloe & Tristan: Ask A British Person Who The 'Cleveland Cavaliers' Are
From someone who is British, seriously. Your cubs, bears and various team animals– they're all the same to us. Khloe Kardashian might not be having the steadiest relationship with Tristan Thompson, but they are now parents to little True.
Tristan is a major Cleveland Cavaliers face. Let's face it, though. He didn't become a major Hollywood face until he started dating a Kardashian. The guy now makes front-page news just for stepping out into the street (and, er, other things).
Spotted "partying into the early hours" was Cosmo's headline in February 2018. Why? Because Khloe wasn't there. Khloe seems to date the NBA a fair bit, but Tristan is no A-lister.
14 Matt Damon: Saw A Bartender 'Across The Room,' Married Her
Please– it's Jason Bourne. It's like James Bond but upgraded. Matt Damon fits the Hollywood A-lister role from his looks to his lines. There's one thing missing, though. You won't see a Hollywood starlet like Emma Stone or Jennifer Lawrence on his arm.
"I literally saw her across a crowded room, literally. Eight years and four kids later, that's my life."
Just, wow. As Fame10 reports, Matt fell in love with his wife, Luciana Barroso. She's a total normie. He added: "I don't know how else our paths would've crossed if that didn't happen. If all those things didn't happen."
13 Gal Gadot: Husband Is In Real Estate, #Married Since 2008
Gal Gadot knows a thing or two herself about being a second-class celeb. Wonder Woman may have turned this girl into an icon, but the beginnings as Miss Israel were pretty ordinary. "I didn't know what I was auditioning for," Gal said on The Ellen Show, as Bustle reports.
"We met nearly 10 years ago through mutual friends at this very strange party in the Israeli desert." Gal has been married to her realtor husband since 2008.
As Bustle reports, Gal met her husband at a party in the Israeli desert. While she wasn't famous yet, she hasn't traded her hubby in for a shinier model. They even come with two kids.
12 Kim Kardashian: Kanye 'Smells Rich, I Can't Explain It'
It's been KimYe all the way since these two tied the knot in 2014. Kim Kardashian might be a powerhouse of a woman, but she didn't stoop far down the ladder when marrying Kanye West. "Famous for being famous" used to be a joke with Kim. Not anymore.
"He smells rich, I can't explain it. He smells like what you think a really expensive, Saint Laurent fragrance campaign would be."
As The Daily Mail reports, Kim got pretty descriptive about her super-famous husband back in 2018. Kim's labels are Versace. She drives a Rolls-Royce. Like this girl would ever marry a supporting act.
11 Chris Pratt: Your Auto-Correct Still Can't Spell Katherine Schwarzenegger
Chris Pratt basically sums up rags to riches. The Guardians of The Galaxy star who has a Forbes-listed net worth of $50 million started out homeless. His Bubba Gump Shrimp job now comes with a throwback as he takes to IG to remember serving there.
Chris was married to Anna Faris. That's the first "step down." In 2019? Chris is engaged to Katherine Schwarzenegger. Her name is the most famous thing about her.
"Sweet Katherine, so happy you said yes! I'm thrilled to be marrying you. Proud to live boldly in faith with you. Here we go!" was his IG caption. A step up for the heart, but a step down for this list.
10 Emma Watson: Reminding Your Friends That Chord Overstreet Is 'That Guy From Glee'
Fact– Emma Watson is the girl your boyfriend is totally following on IG because, oh, she's "got that thing." It's annoying, you can't moan at him as you would if it were Kendall Jenner, because yes, she's got a ton of class. Harry Potter made Emma an international superstar, but don't think she only dates top-bracket.
Chord Overstreet– is it "Chord" like "chew?" "Chord" like a piano chord? Dating Glee's Chord Overstreet made for the cutest pics, but you can't say he's a full-blown A-lister.
Emma Watson stays pretty private. PDAs are rare, but this pic was too cute. Remember though, she wasn't strolling arm-in-arm with a Jonas brother.
9 Selena Gomez: Like We Need A Reminder
Selena Gomez knows exactly what she's worth. It's when you realize that there isn't a pretentious bone in this girl's body that it gets mildly irritating. #NoMakeUp and the most laid-back personality ever sum this girl up, but don't think she dates the guy from the drive-thru.
"I'm young and I'm experimenting. I'm experiencing life." Yeah, and not with just anybody! #Biebs #TheWeeknd
As Cosmo reports, Selena is free-spirited, but her guys are total A-listers. In 2018, Selena split from Justin Bieber. As Pop Sugar reports, Selena's other boyfriends include The Weeknd, Taylor Lautner, and that Niall Horan rumour. Question is, who's next?
8 Kris Jenner: Took A Literal 'Gamble' With Corey
Kris Jenner is so powerful, she doesn't need to speed-dial whoever is running Hollywood. She'd be speed-dialling herself. The "momager" to the KarJenner clan has a finger in all of her children's pies, but she's got a love life, too.
At 63, Kris is dating Corey Gamble (who is nearly 30 years her junior). "He's my ride or die," The Daily Mail quotes Kris saying. Who the guy is? Well, he works with Scooter Braun (who works with Justin Bieber).
In reality, Corey feels like a bit of a nobody. He's no DJ Khaled. Then again, when we look at how happy Kris seems to be with her man, we can't help but respect this woman. Kris is awesome.
7 Blac Chyna: Only Gambles In The Upper Bracket, 'Sues' When Rob & Chyna Is Cancelled
Here's something interesting. Remember that Kanye West song, "Gold Digger?" Yeah, we don't need to finish that sentence. Blac Chyna now earns her own cash. She's way smarter than we think, and her 15 million IG followers are proof.
Chyna dates up. Her first baby daddy was Tyga. He was just 22 when he became a dad to King Cairo with Chyna. Next came Rob Kardashian. Dream is now co-parented.
In 2018, Who reported that Blac Chyna was "suing" the Kardashians after her show, Rob & Chyna was cancelled. While we did enjoy watching this tough momma hash it out with Rob, she didn't seem too happy with the outcome.
6 Patrick Dempsey: McDreamy Married A Hairdresser
Everyone on Grey's Anatomy just got a giant boost thanks to Ariana Grande. She reposted an IG video of Ellen Pompeo dancing along to "Break up with your boyfriend, I'm bored," and we're still getting over it. Patrick Dempsey might be a TV A-lister, but he married Jillian Fink, a hairdresser.
When McDreamy goes McRegular. He even said, "Our marriage was not something I was prepared to let go of" after the divorce.
As Hello reports, Patrick fought as hard for his marriage to last as he did to make it happen. He would visit the salon over and over just to get a chance to talk to Jillian.
5 JLO: Power Couples Only, A-To-The-Rod Gets The Nod Of Approval
We're still not over JLO's Valentine's Day IG pic of herself with A-Rod. Just how #Goals these two are...if only we had words. Jennifer Lopez is one of the most powerful and successful women in music. $12-$20 million is her Idol fee– per cycle.
While tabloids cover Jennifer Lopez's earnings, we're the ones covering her love life. While Jen was married to Marc Anthony, bear in mind she also dated Diddy.
"I almost yelled out 'Alex', but I am the shyest person when it comes to things like that," Yahoo reports Jen saying about A-Rod. He's hardly lower-bracket.
4 Kourtney Kardashian: Younes Bendjima Wasn't Exactly #AList
Kourtney Kardashian hasn't been with Scott Disick since 2015. Since then? Her relationship with Younes Bendjima has come to an end. Pop Sugar reports that Kourt and 21-year-old Luka Sabbat are no more.
“It makes her feel good to have these [attractive], young guys who are interested in her.”
As MSN reports, Kourt's recent string of relationships have included Younes and Luka. Younes is a Tunisian model. Luka is a bit more of a major face, but he's a drop in the ocean when it comes to Kardashian power. Kourtney definitely dates below her status. Fans are still wondering if she'll ever get back together with Scott.
3 Priyanka Chopra & Nick Jonas: A-List For A-List
They're the new Brangelina. Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra's 2018 wedding threw us everything we could ever want from a celeb couple, and not a single thing about them is fake. Priyanka Jonas-Chopra is now this girl's official IG handle. We're so jealous.
"And I put my drink down, get on one knee — this is in front of a bunch of people — and I say: You're real. Where have you been all my life? Like, loud."
Speaking to Vogue, Nick spoke about the day he met Priyanka. They're both A-listers. A Jonas brother and major Bollywood-turned-Hollywood actress? It's like it was written in the stars for these two.
2 Beyonce & Jay-Z: Your Autofill Probably Drops Down To 'Crazy In Love'
Talk about a power couple. Beyonce and Jay-Z are worth $1.16 billion, according to Forbes. 2002 marked the beginning of the couple who is literally "Crazy In Love," and these two haven't looked back.
"We were friends first for a year and a half before we went on any dates," Beyonce told Oprah. The sign here? She's speaking to Oprah.
As This Is Insider reports, Bey and Jay took it slow to start. They were both already major stars, though. The only one from Destiny's Child you actually remember wound up with the biggest guy in rap. These two stuck to the A-list, but they're perfect together.
1 Bella Hadid: The Weeknd Might Be Shorter, But He's Still #FrontPageNews
The Hadid sisters spent a few years playing second fiddle to Kendall Jenner, but their time has come. Gigi and Bella Hadid are now the biggest "it" girls around, and their contracts seem to cover everything from Reebok to Prada.
Bella Hadid might be an inch taller than TheWeeknd, but when you're dating one of the fastest-rising rappers around, you aren't settling for second best. Bella has an A-list name, an A-list career, and yes, she comes with an A-list boyfriend.
Not everyone can be Matt Damon (although we wish more were floating around). These 20 celebs really are one or the other. Ariana, thanks for leading the way on this. Oh, and "Thank U, Next." Just because.