How to get on Raya: What you need to know about the buzzy dating app

After Ben Affleck's recent dating woes, people are wondering how to get on Raya and why it's creating such a stir

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After that whole Ben Affleck DM drama, people have got Raya on the brain—how to get on Raya, which celebrities use Raya, and what exactly is Raya. We'll fill you in on everything you need to know about the exclusive app. 

First thing's first: Raya, one of the best dating apps for famous folks, has garnered a bit of attention as of late when Ben Affleck recently found himself unlucky in love. The actor-director matched with a woman named Nivine Jay on the app, who in turn blocked him, assuming it was a catfishing scam. Then, Affleck followed up by pursuing Jay on Instagram, sending her a private DM asking why she decided to unmatch him on Raya.  

Seems suspicious? Certainly...but then Jay took to TikTok to publicly post Affleck's "Why did you unmatch me?" video. Oof! 

Ben Affleck Raya video: a match gone awry

@nivinejay

Sorry Ben 🥺🥱 #raya #benaffleck #dating #fyp

♬ original sound - Amir Yass

Adding insult to injury, social media queen Chrissy Teigen took to Twitter to weigh in on the subject. Her thoughts? Both parties are wrong...and the celebs are acting "creepy."

"I agree celebs shouldn’t be making these creepy desperate video replies on Raya," Teigen wrote. "It’s tacky to release private messages. Ya both wrong, congrats."

Looks like stars have similar struggles when it comes to finding love online. (Well, we're not exactly waiting for Chrissy Teigen's commentary on our dating lives, but you get where we're going with this.) 

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Nivine Jay was quoted in E! News saying that she didn't intend to insult Affleck, rather she found it funny that she thought she was being catfished when in fact Affleck was truly pursuing her.

Former Friends star Matthew Perry also made news with a recent Raya match. TikTok user Kate Haralson posted a now-deleted video of a FaceTime call between she and Perry, who she had matched with on the exclusive dating app. The video showed the then 50-year-old actor and 19-year-old TikToker playing a game of 20 questions, in which Haralson claims Perry asked her: "Am I as old as your dad?"

But are all of the interactions on Raya so cringe-worthy? Let's delve into the dating app and how to get on Raya yourself:

Ok so, what is Raya?

Having first launched in 2015, Raya started out as an exclusive online dating app that is membership-based for people in the entertainment industry. As it has evolved, it's branched out to offer other networking opportunities as well. The app is known for its extensive celebrity users.

How to get on Raya?

Wondering 'how to get on Raya?' It's not as simple as it sounds. The only hope for becoming a member of Raya is to have someone on the app recommend you. To keep the community private, users must be referred by an existing member, and their application is then placed in a queue and reviewed by a membership committee upon submission.

Only about eight percent of applications are accepted, meaning Raya has a higher rejection rate than the illustrious Harvard Business School, reports The New York Times

How much is Raya?

If one's application is accepted, new members can purchase a one-, six- or twelve-month membership that renews automatically. Pricing is $7.99 per month. 

Celebrities are Raya: who's on it?

According to Page Six, quite a few celebrities have created Raya accounts. Here are a few of the most notable swiping stars:

  • Ben Affleck
  • Matthew Perry
  • Demi Lovato
  • Drew Barrymore
  • John Mayer
  • Channing Tatum
  • Lizzo
  • Chelsea Handler
  • Niall Horan
  • Nick Kroll

While the "celebrity dating app" might not be in the cards for some, we've got the lowdown on dating apps for the rest of us—like Hinge vs Bumble, for example—and, of course, will give you a little help along the way. Once you find someone you fancy, we'll give you a few first date tips that'll make the meetup a success. 

No matter where you're swiping, best of luck!