14 Pop Stars Who Hooked Up With Their Backup Dancers
by Effie Orfanides
It’s no secret that backup dancers have tons of talent, and many of them are super good looking. Perhaps this is why there tends to be chemistry between some pop stars and their dancers. Check out these 14 celebs who couldn’t resist their backup dancers — just ask Mariah Carey!
Mariah Carey didn’t take too long to find love following her split from James Parker. The star has been dating Bryan Tanaka, a backup dancer who has known Mariah for several years. Tanaka was featured on the first episode of Mariah’s World, which airs on E!. In the episode, Mariah is trying to narrow down which guys she wants to take on tour with her, and Tanaka is a sure thing. Interestingly enough, Mariah was planning her wedding to Parker at the time!
Jennifer Lopez is currently off-again with her backup dancer beau, Casper Smart. The two have been dating here and there since 2011. Casper has been on tour with JLo and is very close to her two kids (with ex, Marc Anthony), Max and Emme.
Britney Spears famously met and fell in love with one of her backup dancers. She and Kevin Federline had some wild chemistry, but after a surprise wedding, two children, and a failed reality TV show, the two decided to part ways.
Christina Aguilera dated her “first love” Jorge Santos from 2000 to 2001 after the two worked together on various music videos. After they parted ways, the two still worked together, proving that things were amicable. Interestingly enough, Aguilera’s songs “Infatuated” and “Underappreciated” were apparently inspired by her relationship with Santos.
In 2010, Madonna fell for a backup dancer, who actually met the queen of pop while he was performing with her daughter Lourdes. Madonna may have been 30 years older than Brahim Zaibat, but that didn’t mean that their chemistry wasn’t red-hot at one time!
In 2015, The Biebs was spotted getting cozy with Elysandra Quiñones, who had been one of his backup dancers on tour. Although their hook up is only rumored, neither party has denied being more than friends.
Ariana Grande dated one of her backup dancers for several months. Ariana and Ricky Alvarez broke up in July 2016 after spending a little over a year together.
Ashley Tisdale and backup dancer boyfriend Jared Murillo met while working on High School Musical. The two fell in love and dated for more than two years. They split in 2009.
Spice Girl Mel B ended up finding love with Jimmy Gulzar during the Spiceworld tour. Mel and Jimmy got married and had a daughter, Phoenix, but ended up breaking up two years later.
LeAnn Rimes and former backup dancer Dean Sheremet met back in 2001 when Rimes was hosting the Academy of Country Music Awards. The two got married the following year, but their relationship didn’t last. In 2009, there were several reports that Rimes cheated on Sheremet with actor Eddie Cibrian. Rimes and Cibrian divorced their respective spouses and tied the knot two years later.
Geri Halliwell was another Spice Girl that spiced up life with a backup dancer! During a “comeback” tour, Geri met and fell for Ivan “Flipz” Velez. Their love fizzled out after six months, however.
Prince dated Mayte Garcia after they met at work. Garcia was a backup dancer during Prince’s Diamonds and Pearls Tour. The two fell in love and she even became a muse for the legendary singer.
Britney Spears (Oops, She Did It Again!)
It may have been a short-lived romance, but it happened! Britney Spears and backup dancer Columbus Short were caught kissing in 2003 — even though Short was married at the time. Scandalous!
Jennifer Lopez (Take 2)
Jennifer Lopez married one of her backup dancers back in 2001. She and Cris Judd met while working on the music video for her hit song, “Love Don’t Cost A Thing.” They tied the knot in September 2001 and split less than one year later.