Little is known about the relationship between Jason Tatum and Ella Mai. Are they dating or just friends spotted together? Below is everything you need to know about the two luminaries and whether they are a couple.
Tatum and Mai were first rumored to be dating in October 2020. The media photographed the latter visiting the former’s home in Missouri. It happened during the NBA offseason. This happened over the winter, as the 2019-2020 NBA campaign was shortened due to the COVID-19 pandemic and was set to end in the NBA bubble at the end of the year.
After visiting their homes, they both kept their relationship under wraps. It was rarely known publicly about the couple whether they were seeing each other, let alone communicating. It wasn’t until the 2021 offseason that their dating reports began to grow again.
This time, the internet was inferring that they spent time together. The 28-year-old R&B singer posted a TikTok video and the background looked weird. The wooden window bars, surrounded by a white backdrop, matched the room in Tatum’s home. Fans did their due diligence on the similarities and came to the conclusion that Mai’s video was filmed four times in the All-Star Room.
Tatum and Mai made their first public appearance together
In July 2022, the star couple appeared together with the public for the first time. They attended Michael Rubin’s White Fourth of July party in the Hamptons. The annual event is a who’s who of celebrities. Therefore, for Tatum and Mai to come to the party together, it beggars belief that they are a couple from 2020.
In the video above, the couple wore an all-white ensemble. This is the mandatory dress code for Rubin’s annual gathering.
Tatum and Mai were two of the many celebrities in attendance. There were also Odell Beckham Jr., Drake, Kendall Jenner, Carmelo Anthony, James Harden and more.
Both Jason Tatum and Ella Mai are stars in their fields
What makes the pairing of Tatum and Mai so special is that both are considered prodigies in their craft. Tatum, 25, is a perennial NBA player. Despite only playing six seasons in the league, he led the Celtics to the Eastern Conference Finals three times.
The St. Louis native is firmly in contention for MVP this season. He is averaging 30.1 points, 9.0 rebounds and 4.7 assists. All of these scores are career highs.
28-year-old Mai is one of the prominent artists in the music industry, particularly in the R&B genre. Before becoming famous, the United Kingdom native competed on the eleventh season of The X Factor. Although he didn’t win, his presence set the stage for an illustrious career to come.
In 2018, Mai burst onto the scene. Her self-titled song “Boo’d Up” from her debut album debuted at number five on the US Billboard Hot 100. His powerful voice rejuvenated the sound of R&B, enthralling a new generation of fans. Proof of that came in 2019, when she was nominated for two Grammy Awards: Song of the Year and Best R&B Song. He won for the latter. Furthermore, he also won Best R&B Artist at the Billboard Music Awards in the same year.