The breakup news may come as a surprise to fans as a source told Us Weekly exclusively just last month that Benson and G-Eazy, both 31, were “in a great place” in their relationship.
“Friends of hers thought he might just be a rebellious rebound, but there is real chemistry between them,” the insider revealed on January 14.
Us confirmed in May 2020 that the pair were an item following Benson’s split from Cara Delevingne earlier that month. The Pretty Little Liars alum had been dating Delevingne, 28, for nearly two years. The “I Mean It” rapper, for his part, was notably linked to Halsey — who is now expecting her first child with boyfriend Alev Aydin — on and off until their 2018 breakup.
Early into their romance, a source told Us that G-Eazy and Benson were “hanging out and seeing each other” but it was “not serious” between them at the time. However, over the course of their relationship, the duo bonded while collaborating on music together, including a cover of Radiohead’s “Creep.”
The Oakland, California, native — who was born Gerald Earl Gillum — previously gushed about the Spring Breakers star’s vocal abilities.
“She’s an exceptionally talented person in many different spaces. She’s a special one,” he told Entertainment Tonight in October 2020. “Obviously, she’s a great actress, but, you know, getting to work with her and putting her in front of a microphone and watching her sing so effortlessly, she has this very special tone of voice and texture and something that’s very innate to her given that’s not her first job or what she’s known for. It just blew me away that you can have such a hidden, special talent that the world doesn’t get to see as often.”
G-Eazy and Benson appeared to be heading into a serious direction, as the rapper teased their plans to spend Thanksgiving together last year.
“I am going to be on Zoom with my family, just out of respect, out of precaution [of COVID-19. You gotta consider each other, think of each other, be respectful of each other and be cautious of each other and take care of each other,” he shared with reporters at the 2020 American Music Awards, noting that the now-exes planned to “cook a turkey together.”
While celebrating the Pixels actress’ 31st birthday in December 2020, the “Me, Myself & I” rapper dropped the L-bomb via Instagram. He captioned six candid photos, “Happy birthday beautiful 🖤 @ashleybenson I love you to the moon & back.”
E! News was the first to report the news of their split.
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