Menu Join now Search

14 Pop Stars Who Hooked Up With Their Backup Dancers

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

Mariah Carey

1 / 14

VIEW ALL

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!

Photo: bryantanaka | Instagram

Jennifer Lopez

Jennifer Lopez

2 / 14

VIEW ALL

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.

Photo: @jlo | Instagram

Britney Spears

Britney Spears Kevin Federline

3 / 14

VIEW ALL

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.

Photo: Jeffrey Mayer  | Getty Images

Christina Aguilera

Christina Aguilera

4 / 14

VIEW ALL

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.

Photo: Kevin Mazur | Getty

Madonna

Madonna

5 / 14

VIEW ALL

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!

Photo: Kevin Mazur | Getty

Justin Bieber

Justin Bieber

6 / 14

VIEW ALL

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.

Photo: Taylor Hill  | Getty Images

Ariana Grande

Ariana Grande

7 / 14

VIEW ALL

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.

Photo: rickyrozay | Instagram

Ashley Tisdale

Ashley Tisdale

8 / 14

VIEW ALL

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.

Photo: Chris Polk | Getty

Mel B.

Mel B.

9 / 14

VIEW ALL

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.

Photo: Dave Benett | Getty

LeAnn Rimes

LeAnn Rimes

10 / 14

VIEW ALL

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.

Photo: Peter Larsen | Getty

Geri Halliwell

Geri Halliwell

11 / 14

VIEW ALL

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.

Photo: Jeffrey Mayer | Getty

Prince

Prince

12 / 14

VIEW ALL

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.

Photo: Time & Life Pictures | Getty

Britney Spears (Oops, She Did It Again!)

Britney Spears (Oops, She Did It Again!)

13 / 14

VIEW ALL

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!

Photo: @britneyspears | Instagram

Jennifer Lopez (Take 2)

Jennifer Lopez (Take 2)

14 / 14

VIEW ALL

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.

Photo: Ron Galella, Ltd. | Getty

More You'll Love

11 Celebrities Who Are Bringing Back The Bush
The Hottest Celebs Become Disney Characters In This Instagram Artist's Collages
10 Reasons Why Harry Styles Lights Up Our World Like Nobody Else
The 10 Most Memorable Celebrity Music Video Appearances
Celebrity Instagrams From Coachella Are Giving Us Serious FOMO
20 Adorable Celebrity Couple Quotes That Will Make Your Heart Melt
18 Celebrity Finger Tattoos That Deserve A Round Of Applause
Close