Who Is Ricky Alvarez? 15 Things to Know About Ariana Grande's Rumored Love Interest & Dancer

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Ariana Grande performs on stage with her backing dancer and rumored boyfriend Ricky Alvarez on June 25, 2015 in Milan, Italy.

By now, the world has seen the video of Ariana Grande, appearing to lick a donut in a donut shop in Lake Elsinore, California, and then kissing her backup dancer and purported love interest, Ricky Alvarez. There was that “I hate America” comment, too, but that’s a separate issue entirely (one that she has now apologized for).

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So who is Ricky Alvarez? That is the question. Well, on social media, his nickname is @rickyrozay -- no relation to Rick Ross. He makes Los Angeles his home, he speaks Spanish, enjoys dancing to Nicky Jam, considers his mom his "best friend" and loves his abuelita (grandmother).

Here are some other insights we gained from perusing the photos of this talented dancer.  

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One of his hobbies is photography. And he’s quite good!

 

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He has an affinity for tattoos. Although hopefully he knows better than to get anyone’s name inked. That’s just never a good idea.

 

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He lets Ariana cut and style his hair.

 

selfies aren't my thing / but I have no hair. ️hair styled by @arianagrande she b chop NNNN

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He loves his dog. And with that face, who wouldn’t?

 

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He’s got that smoldering, deep-in-thought look down.

 

\m/ #wood

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He’s a thrill-seeker.

 

the danger sensation is exciting, the challenge is to find new dangers. #onemoretime #tillyougetitright #dontdietho

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He's a man of the great outdoors.

 

cliché LA. #typicalassrunyoncanyonphoto

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His adult beverage of choice is Jameson.

 

h2o. #tothechin #ortaint ️

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He has fine taste in cars.

 

ride with me.

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He shows love to fellow Latinos in the industry, like videographer extraordinaire Alfredo Flores, who shoots for Grande (and is also Justin Bieber's BFF).

 

also, happy birthday to @alfredoflores !

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He works hard but plays hard too.

He gets down to reggaeton, especially Nicky Jam!

 

random but fun times dancing with @gilbertsaldivar moves by @dannylugo_choreographer dancing to @nickyjampr #YAHHHH

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He's super close to his mom, Sylvia Alvarez.

And he adores his “Wita,” short for abuelita (grandma).

 

️ wita (abuelita)

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And he loves his job.

 

one of the best nights yet, milan. #bellissimanight

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