7 singers who hooked up with their backing dancers

24 February 2017

From JLo to Britney Spears, we run though the singers who have hooked up with their dancers.

After months of PDAs with backing dancer Bryan Tanaka, Mariah Carey has finally confirmed the pair are an item. But the singing superstar isn’t the only performer to find love by checking out what’s behind her onstage.

Mariah Carey

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When Mariah split up with her billionaire fiance James Packer in October, instead of sitting around crying, 46-year-old Mimi sought comfort in 33-year-old dancer Bryan. Anyone who watches Mariah’s reality show Mariah’s World will know hunky Bryan has long since had a soft spot for the singer, and the pair has since engaged in countless public displays of affection. Mariah has now confirmed Bryan is her new beau, calling him her boyfriend in a recent chat with the Associated Press.

Jennifer Lopez

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Like Mariah, JLo headed into the arms of a young backup dancer when she split from third husband Marc Anthony in 2011. She and Casper Smart dated on and off for nearly five years, weathering stories about Casper’s alleged infidelities with transgender models. This wasn’t Jennifer first fling with one of her dancers though; in 2001 the Jenny from the Block singer tied the knot with dancer Cris Judd, though the union lasted only nine months. Jennifer seems to have learned from her mistakes now, and is back in the arms of a fellow A-lister in the form of Canadian superstar Drake

Britney Spears

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Britney may not have the best track record when it comes to dating, but for a while she did settle down with bad boy backing dancer Kevin after a whirlwind three-month romance. The pair was together long enough to get married and have children Sean Preston and Jayden James together, but called it quits after two years in late 2006.

Mel B

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Way before the likes of Britney was doing it, Spice Girl Mel B, aka Scary Spice, knew the easiest way to find a future husband was to hook up with a dancer. During the Spiceworld Tour way back in 1998, Mel got close to Dutch dancer Jimmy and the pair married not long after. Mel gave birth to her first child, Phoenix Chi Gulzar in 1999, but by the following year Mel was signing divorce papers.

Christina Aguilera

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Christina met dancer Jorge during her first-ever concert tour in 2000, and quickly formed a close bond with him. He’s even said to have inspired songs Infatuation and Underappreciated off the singer's 2002 Stripped album. The romance wasn’t meant to be though, with Jorge allegedly breaking things off after a few years to focus on his own career and not just be known as Christina’s boyfriend.


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Anything Britney and Christina can do, the Queen of Pop can do better. When Madonna’s marriage to director Guy Ritchie came to an end in 2008, Madonna ditched her new reserved image and went back to her wild ways. She dated a string of younger men, including dancer Brahim Zaibat, who was 24 at the time, 28 years younger than Madonna’s 52 in 2011. She also had a fling with 26-year-old dancer Timor Steffens in 2014.

Gary Barlow

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It’s not just the ladies who eye up their backing dancers, the guys do it as well! However, unlike his female contemporaries, Take That frontman Gary and his dancer wife Dawn Andrews have managed to make marriage work. They’ve been together since Take That’s 1995 Nobody Else Tour, and have children Daniel, Emily and Daisy together.

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