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The couple went public with their romance in March 2022 and recently welcomed a baby boy named Halo together
The Color Purple actress and rapper first connected through social media before going public with their romance in March 2022.
"I grew up being on YouTube and would always see the young Black creators and was constantly inspired by them. He was one of them," Bailey told Essence about how their relationship came to be. "I completely forgot about him. But then I saw that he was dropping music, and I really gravitated toward this one song. Coincidentally he messaged me — and the rest is history."
Since then, they have supported each other at various events and spoken highly of each other in interviews. In January 2024, Bailey revealed that she and DDG became first-time parents as she announced the birth of their baby boy Halo.
From the beginnings of their love story to now, here’s a complete timeline of their relationship.
March 2022: Halle Bailey and DDG go public with their relationship
After sparking dating rumors in January 2022, when they were spotted at Usher’s Las Vegas residency, DDG went public with their relationship as he wished Bailey a happy birthday. “Happy Birthday to the beautifulest, the flyest, the sweetest. Love you forever,” he captioned the since-deleted post.
June 26, 2022: Halle Bailey and DDG make their red carpet debut
A few months after going Instagram official, Bailey and DDG made their red carpet as a couple at 2022 BET Awards. The couple held hands and dressed in coordinating black looks with statement necklaces.
August 11, 2022: DDG supports Halle Bailey at Variety Power of Young Hollywood Event
In August 2022, DDG showed his support for Bailey at theVariety’s Power of Young Hollywood issue, in which she was featured. During the Variety event in Hollywood, the couple was all smiles as they shared a hug in front of Bailey’s cover.
August 22, 2022: Halle Bailey says she’s in love with DDG
As Bailey graced the cover of Essence's September/October 2022 issue with her sister Chloe, she briefly addressed her relationship with DDG. In addition to revealing how their romance first came to be, she was also asked about the current state of their relationship.
When asked whether she was in love, she confirmed, "Yes. For sure I am."
August 26, 2022: Halle Bailey stars in DDG’s ‘If I Want You’ music video
That same month, Bailey and DDG shared the screen as the actress appeared in his music video for "If I Want You,” where they were shown locking lips.
October 7, 2022: DDG says he’s proud of Halle Bailey’s role in The Little Mermaid
While speaking with PEOPLE about his new album It's Not Me, It's You, the rapper commented on his girlfriend’s upcoming role in The Little Mermaid, in which she plays the titular role of Ariel.
"I'm very proud of her. And I'm just happy to see it," DDG said of Bailey’s historic role. "I feel like sometimes I'm even more excited than anybody else. Just seeing it and seeing everything that she dreamed of coming to life, it's really dope."
February 24, 2023: Halle Bailey and DDG attend Milan Fashion Week
In early 2023, the couple made a fashionable appearance together at a Gucci show during Milan Fashion Week. Bailey was seen wearing a soft pink dress as she rested her head on DDG’s shoulder, who was photographed wearing a Gucci jacket and matching pants.
March 12, 2023: Halle Bailey and DDG attend the Vanity Fair Oscar Party
The couple was all smiles at Vanity Fair’s annual Oscars afterparty. That night, Bailey appeared on stage in a princess-inspired gown as she unveiled the trailer for The Little Mermaid alongside Melissa McCarthy; she switched into something slinkier for the post-Oscars event.
May 17, 2023: Halle Bailey opens up about her relationship with DDG
While promoting The Little Mermaid, Bailey opened up to PEOPLE about her fairytale romance with DDG. When asked whether her love has the makings of a real Prince Charming (or Prince Eric, for that matter), Bailey offered a sweet smile and a laugh. "People love to talk about this," she said, before adding, "Yeah. I would say that."
"I think the best thing about young love is that you're able to continue to find yourself through this journey of loving somebody else," she continued. "And you're discovering new parts of yourself and maybe things that you didn't notice before about your heart."
July 14, 2023: DDG appears to reference Halle Bailey in ‘Famous’ song
In July 2023, DDG made headlines as he seemingly called out Bailey in his new song “Famous,” in which he raps about feeling “insecure” about her interactions with her male costar in The Little Mermaid and her newfound fame.
In one part of the song, he alluded to Bailey kissing her costar Jonah Hauer-King in the film with the lyrics, "Filmin' a movie now you kissing dudes / You know I love you a lot / I don't give a f--- if that s--- for promo / I don't wanna see this s--- no more.”
The rapper also seemingly addressed his feelings toward Bailey holding hands with Hauer-King during the U.K. premiere of their movie. "Why is y'all holdin' hands in the photo? / You know I'm insecure, that's a no-no," he sang.
The "Well Off" performer then appeared to describe his complicated feelings for Bailey as she rose to fame in the chorus of the song.
He rapped in the chorus, "Fall in love, I hate that s--- / Knockin' me off my grind, I can't f--- with relationships / I ain't even got enough time in a day for me to chase a bitch / I don't even ask for much, I ask you to do the basic s--- / Hardest thing I did was fall in love with a famous bitch."
September 5, 2023: Halle Bailey reveals how DDG inspired her new album
Following DDG’s controversial song that appeared to reference her, the “Baby Girl” singer teased what was in store for her upcoming debut solo album. In a Cosmopolitan cover story, Bailey shared that “love” has been “a really big” source of musical inspiration.
"All musical inspiration really just comes from life experiences,” she told the publication. “Love has been a really big one for me too, because that’s something I’m experiencing for the first time, and it’s, like, ‘whoa’ in your brain. It’s just fireworks, a spark for creativity.”
She went on to clarify the seriousness of their connection: “You know, you have puppy love experiences, you think that’s love. But this is my first deep, deep, real love.”
October 17, 2023: Halle Bailey and DDG attend Glamour Women of the Year Awards
During her acceptance speech and after the ceremony on social media, the actress/singer shared how grateful she was to be recognized and how challenging it can be as a public figure.
“This is such a special honor to me and feels oh so amazing to be recognized for the work that I have put in all the years of my career,” she wrote on social media. “being a young woman in the spotlight is definitely not for the weak.. but because of God, my loved ones and mentors I am able to face the world everyday with my head held high.”
“i’m so grateful for all of the beautiful souls that continue to lift me up and guide me as I continue this blessing of a journey which is my life 🥰❤️✨,” the singer added. “thank you God!!!”
October 31, 2023: Halle Bailey and DDG wear matching couples costumes for Halloween
Bailey and DDG went all out for Halloween, dressing up as notable couples in film and music. For one costume, the couple dressed up as Janet Jackson and Tupac Shakur’s characters Justice and Lucky from the 1993 romantic drama Poetic Justice.
For another look, the duo channeled Bobby Brown and the late Whitney Houston, recreating the couple’s red looks from the 1993 Billboard Music Awards.
November 20, 2023: Halle Bailey responds to pregnancy rumors
In November 2023, Bailey briefly responded to speculation about her personal life as she called out commenters who said she had a "pregnancy nose" in a recent photo. "Listen, if I see one more person say something about my nose one more time, it's going to be hell to pay," Bailey said in a video share to Instagram.
"You know why? Because I'm Black. I love my nose," she continued. "What are you concerned about my nose for? Leave me the hell alone."
December 2023: Halle Bailey and DDG celebrate Christmas together
In December 2023, Bailey and DDG celebrated the holidays together while wearing matching Christmas pajamas. The rapper took to Snapchat to share various clips from their festivities, including the two lavish gifts he gave Bailey.
In addition to surprising her with a Tiffany bracelet, he also gave Bailey a black Birkin bag inside, which DDG explained in text over the video was "her dream gift."
January 6, 2024: Halle Bailey announces the birth of her son with DDG
After ringing in the New Year, Bailey publicly announced the birth of her and DDG’s son Halo. "Even though we’re a few days into the new year, the greatest thing that 2023 could have done for me, was bring me my son.. welcome to the world my halo 🥰👼🏽 ✨the world is desperate to know you 😉🤣♥️," she captioned the photo of her holding her newborn’s small hand.
January 7, 2024: DDG opens up about becoming a first-time parent with Halle Bailey
A day after Bailey announced the arrival of their son, DDG posted a video to YouTube in which he opened up about parenthood for the first time. The rapper shared details about his journey into fatherhood, calling the actress a "great mom."
"Me and Halle had a baby together. I wouldn't chose no other person in the world to have a child with. We learning. She's a great mom. Like it's crazy. She's amazing," he shared in the video.
Later in the clip, he said "she's a professional mom," and added that their newly minted family of three are "doing great."
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