Celebrities on Raya: success stories and famous fails on the exclusive dating app

Does the A-list dating app actually work? These celebrities on Raya success stories are proof

Channing Tatum and Jessie J attend MusiCares Person of the Year honoring Aerosmith at West Hall at Los Angeles Convention Center on January 24, 2020 in Los Angeles, California, celebrities on Raya
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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!

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
  • Lizzo 
  • 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singer Jessie J, but considering the current Channing Tatum and Zoë Kravitz dating rumors, it's safe to say he's no longer active.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!

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

Celebrities on Raya: the famous fails

1. Olivia Rodrigo

Actress Olivia Rodrigo attends the premiere of Disney+'s 'High School Musical: The Musical: The Series' at Walt Disney Studio Lo

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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.

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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 Valente
Digital News Writer

Need a TV show recommendation? Maybe a few decor tips? Danielle, a digital news writer at Future, has you covered. Her work appears throughout the company’s lifestyle brands, including My Imperfect Life, Real Homes, and woman&home. Mainly, her time is spent at My Imperfect Life, where she’s attuned to the latest entertainment trends and dating advice for Gen Z.

Before her time at Future, Danielle was the editor of Time Out New York Kids, where she got to experience the best of the city from the point of view of its littlest residents. Before that, she was a news editor at Elite Daily. Her work has also appeared in Domino, Chowhound, and amNewYork, to name a few. 

When Danielle’s not writing, you can find her testing out a new recipe, reading a book (suggestions always welcome), or rearranging the furniture in her apartment…again.