Survivor Star Zeke Smith Is Dating Superstore’s Nico Santos
Zeke Smith and Nico Santos have made their relationship social media official.
The couple — Smith of Survivor fame and Santos, an actor on Superstore — have been sharing photos together on their respective Instagram accounts over the past few weeks.
On Monday, Smith, 30, confirmed their pairing on Twitter, writing, “I guess everybody knows about my hot little 25 year-old boyfriend now. Oh, haaayyy @nicosantos.”
Santos, meanwhile, was all jokes on the social media site — writing to a news outlet reporting on their relationship, “Stop spreading lies! I am NOT, I repeat, NOT…25!”
Photos of Smith and Santos first surfaced online in April when the two attend the 29th Annual GLAAD Media Awards’ Hyundai afterparty at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California.
While in the Big Apple in May, the two saw the acclaimed Broadway musical SpongeBob SquarePants — Santos sharing a photo of the two holding hands at the Palace Theater. “Here with this handsome fella,” he wrote.
Vacations in Palm Springs and a road trip to the Cabazon Dinosaurs in Riverside, California, followed in the weeks to come.
Most recently, the two were at Sunday’s gay pride festivities in Los Angeles. “We’re here! We’re queer! We’re brunching!” Santos captioned an Instagram photo afterwards. “Getting some after parade nomnoms with my love. Happy Pride Los Angeles!”
Smith first made headlines back in May 2017, when he was outed as transgender by a fellow contestant during Survivor‘s all-star Second Chances season 34.
“I didn’t want to be the ‘first transgender Survivor contestant,’ ” Smith told PEOPLE at the time. “I’m not ashamed of being trans, but I didn’t want that to be my story. I just wanted to go out on an adventure and play a great game. I just wanted to be known for my game.”
Survivor had helped the Oklahoma-raised reality star through his transition, which happened while he was studying religion at Harvard. “My confidence was obliterated, and I was afraid to dream,” Smith said of being depressed during and after his transition. “I realized I needed to take on a big challenge to become the man I wanted to be. For some reason, that was Survivor.”
Fans reacted to the news with positivity and support, which left Smith “a bit overwhelmed and humbled.”
“I never in a million years thought the response would be as positive as it was,” he told PEOPLE last May. “I worried about sensationalist headlines and photos being drudged up from my past. I was prepared to be re-victimized. But the response I received – the outpouring of love from the public – was something I never imagined happening. I was really touched.”
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Santos, meanwhile, gained fame by playing the scene-stealing sales associate Mateo Liwanag in Superstore. The NBC comedy, which also stars America Ferrera, premiered in 2015.
Before Superstore, Santos — who was born in Manila, Philippines — spent years rounding the stand-up circuit, eventually making appearances on Chelsea Lately.
This summer, he’ll appear in the highly anticipated romantic comedy Crazy Rich Asians.
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