The Celeb Guide to … Sliding into Those DMs

Take the Initiative

Amber Riley didn’t wait for Desean Black to make the first move, sending him a simple but effective message instead.

“Hi Desean, how are you,” read her DM message, according to a screenshot the Glee actress shared on Instagram. In his follow-up, Black replied, “Hey beautiful I’m doing great and you???”

The move worked: The couple got engaged in November 2020! 

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It’s All About the Follow-Through

Sometimes, sparks fly IRL first, but you don’t get the number. That’s where DMs come into play, as they did for Dua Lipa and Anwar Hadid.

After admitting on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen that she did, indeed, slide into her now-boyfriend’s DMs, the pop star clarified, “No, we actually met at a barbecue. But then it carried on onto DMs.”

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Riverdale star Madelaine Petsch first met actor-musician boyfriend Travis Mills when he was up for the role of Jughead, but the romance didn’t take-off until they reconnected online. “He messaged me on Facebook in January of season one and congratulated me on the show. He had auditioned for Jughead,” she told Cosmopolitian in 2017. “I think we just randomly had mutual friends, so we added each other.”

“We kept in touch very rarely, not even that much, from January to February, and then the day I got back from season one in February I was bored in L.A., believe it or not,” she continued. “I was like, ‘What am I gonna do?’ I got my hair cut and he texted me like, ‘Let’s go to a movie!’ We hung out and spent every single day together that I’ve been in L.A. since then, since February.”

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“I was following him. We had tweeted each other because I thought he was funny and he was a fan of the show,” Sarah Hyland told Jimmy Kimmel about meeting her now-fiancé Wells Adams. “I was like, ‘This is really awesome. You’re being very forward and it’s sexy and not aggressive but very confident and sexy,’ and I liked that.”

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Mandy Moore can thank Instagram for introducing her to her fiancé Taylor Goldsmith, frontman for the band Dawes. “I took a picture of their album and posted it on Instagram,” the This Is Us actress told PEOPLE. “Somehow, Taylor saw it and sent a note to me. We started emailing back and forth, then we went on a date and the rest is history.”

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Sliding into someone’s DMs doesn’t always have to be about finding romance — sometimes, it’s just a way to set up a business meeting. “Lindsay [Lohan] and I have been slipping into each other’s DM’s a lot lately,” Tyra Banks told EW about plans for Life Size 2. “I think she’s very interested in returning.”

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Sadie Robertson chatted online and over text for two years before she started dating former Disney Channel star Austin North. “Austin DMed me on Twitter two summers ago and quickly got out of the DMs by giving me his number,” Robertson told Entertainment Tonight in 2018. “We spent most of that summer calling and texting.” It took the pair nearly two years to meet in real life, but when they did there was an “instant spark.”

The pair broke up shortly after, but Robertson found her happy ending with now-husband Christian Huff, whom she married in November 2019.

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Been dreaming of meeting Michael B. Jordan since the (first) time you saw Black Panther? Why not try sliding into his DMs? After all, it worked for Temple University student Sylvia, who offered to buy the actor a smoothie on Instagram after hearing that he was shooting on the campus. In response, Jordan invited her and some friends to stop by the set for a picture — no purchase necessary.

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It’s the scenario all superfans dream of: Danielle Ceasar — a fan of The Fosters actor — began tweeting Jake T. Austin in 2009 and continued to do so for the next five years until the actor finally took notice. The couple began dating and soon made it official on social media. (Believe in your daydreams, everyone!)

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For Austin Mahone, cupid struck his arrow on Instagram. The singer began messaging Katya Henry — who is known to post selfies and workout pics galore — which sparked a conversation between the two about their love of fitness and ultimately led to a relationship offline. (Sadly, their romance was not meant to be, and the pair split in 2017.)

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