Halle Bailey is riding high as her highly-anticipated Disney movie The Little Mermaid is set to grace movie screens nationwide May 26. And while the movie explores the complexities of love between a mermaid and a human, it’s Bailey’s off-screen romance that has people talking.
“I truly think this movie does a wonderful job of telling the story of what it means to nourish and honor true love and genuine friendship,” Bailey told PEOPLE. “You get to see the backstories of both Ariel and Eric and dive deep into both of their brains a little bit more. They go on this whimsical journey of finding love with each other.”
Off-screen, the movie’s protagonist is in love, too. Bailey has been linked to rapper Darryl “DDG” Grandberry Jr. since 2022 and has been by her side ever since.
“People love to talk about this,” she said, adding that she does believe she is with her real-life Prince Charming. “Yeah. I would say that,” she said.
“I’ve never been with nobody that’s, like, really motivated me like she do,” DDG said during a Breakfast Club interview, adding that he could see himself marrying her “eventually.”
“I think the best thing about young love is that you’re able to continue to find yourself through this journey of loving somebody else,” the 23-year-old said. “And you’re discovering new parts of yourself and maybe things that you didn’t notice before about your heart.”
She continued: “I feel like things change when love gets more involved in your life. I have definitely discovered more within myself as a woman. …It’s a really cool thing to go through, but a transformative experience.”
In February, DDG pumped the breaks on rumors that he and one-half of R&B group Chloe x Halle star had gone their separate ways. Weeks before, rumors swirled that Bailey and DDG had broken up when fans noticed that the Love Myself entertainer unfollowed Bailey on Instagram and removed all pics of her on his account. He then wrote a cryptic tweet that read, “all these girls the same … ain’t no wayy.” He has since deleted the tweet.
So when fans began assuming they had broken up, he immediately took to Twitter again to debunk the rumors, stating “The internet is so gullible.”