Swiping has its challenges, even for celebrities on Raya. However, the buzzworthy, members-only dating app—which is nearly as competitive as earning a spot at Harvard Business School—remains somewhat of a mystery to most of us.
The main question is how to get on Raya and earn a place amongst Hollywood's elite in hopes that John Mayer will take a gander at your profile. What's it like on there? And, most importantly, does it actually work?
While many of us are faced with normal-people questions like Hinge vs Bumble, we can't help but wonder who actually found love on the hyper-exclusive Raya app. Believe it or not, the 2015 tool is actually responsible for some of our favorite celebrity couple success stories...as well as a few famous relationship fails.
Since we know you want the tea, we'll spill!
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Celebrities on Raya: Who's on it?
First thing's first, the matches. Which celebrities are on Raya? Who's been active on the site since its founding six years ago? Here's a running list of all of your favorite actors and musicians who have reportedly popped up on the dating platform:
- Drew Barrymore
- John Mayer
- Channing Tatum
- Ben Affleck
- Niall Horan
- Chelsea Handler
- Matthew Perry
- Lucy Hale
- Zac Efron
- Austin Mahone
- Demi Lovato
- Nick Kroll
Rumor had it Magic Mike himself found his way onto the site after his split from British singer Jessie J, but considering the current Channing Tatum and Zoë Kravitz dating rumors, it's safe to say he's no longer active.
Meanwhile, Ben Affleck had a few misadventures on Raya, but as we all know quite well, J Lo and Ben Affleck made their reignited love affair Instagram official in summer 2021, so he's a taken man.
Did any other famous daters have Raya success stories? Yes!
Celebrities on Raya: the success stories
1. Simone Biles and Jonathan Owens
Simone Biles is not only making headlines for her impressive accomplishments on the mat and her commitment to mental health but also for her love life.
The Olympian and NFL star Jonathan Owens, a safety player for the Houston Texans, have been happily in love for over a year after meeting on Raya. It's not uncommon to see Biles in the stadium cheering for her beau and sporting his jersey number, 36. So cute!
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2. Nick Kroll and Lily Kwong
The funnyman kept things under wraps when it came to his Raya romance. In fact, many weren't even aware that he and landscape artist Lily Kwong tied the knot after meeting on the platform in 2018.
In October 2020, the pair announced they were expecting a child together, according to Page Six (opens in new tab).
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Celebrities on Raya: the famous fails
1. Olivia Rodrigo
The "Good 4 U" singer told GQ in September 2021, "I had Raya for a second, and it was so vomit," so it's safe to say the teen crooner found love elsewhere.
2. Lucy Hale
Everyone had their heart set on matching with Raya user John Mayer, from Lizzo to Lucy Hale. The Pretty Little Liars actress revealed to Cosmopolitan in 2020 that she swiped right for the singer, but apparently, the feeling wasn't mutual and it was not a match.
3. Lena Dunham
The Girls creator took her humor to Twitter to discuss her luck on Raya in 2021.
"Let’s have a contest for who lasted the shortest amount of time on Raya. I’ll go first, twenty minutes and one creative director of a watch company long," she wrote.
Let’s have a contest for who lasted the shortest amount of time on Raya. I’ll go first, twenty minutes and one creative director of a watch company long!June 29, 2021
The success stories and famous flops should not discourage you from dating apps but give you hope that, in time, things work out the way the universe intended them to, regardless of where you're swiping!
Danielle is a writer for woman&home and My Imperfect Life, covering all-things news, lifestyle and entertainment.
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