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Matt Rife & Jessica Lord’s Relationship Timeline Goes Further Back Than You’d Think

Sorry, all you single ladies, but Matt Rife is taken. That’s right Gen Z’s favorite TikTok viral comedian has confirmed he is no longer single, and now we finally know who he is dating. On Oct. 12, Matt Rife announced his relationship with Jessica Lord — cue the tears.

Rife’s dating history has been a topic of discussion for a while. In August, Rife revealed on Good Morning America that he wasn’t single and the audience was shocked (and so was the internet). However, he didn’t reveal anything more, stating that it was new and that “people are literally insane.” 

Now, thanks to a statement given to PEOPLE, we know that Rife is dating actress Jessica Lord. Lord, 25, is an actress and dancer who grew up in Canada — and the two of them really look cute together. If you are anything like me as soon as you heard this news you started wondering when their relationship developed. Don’t worry, bestie, because I am here to tell you everything I know. 

June 4: Matt Rife comments on Lord’s Instagram.

Celebrities, they are just like us! In a post of Lord on a hike in Phoenix, Arizona, Rife commented on the flamingo emoji. And fans noticed his engagement with her on Instagram, one event commented: “I think you mean along for the Rife.”

August 17: Rife announces he is not single on Good Morning America.

During a chat on GMA discussing his upcoming tour, the host started to ask Rife about being single and he revealed that he was not single. He then apologized to all of the ladies who liked him since he was now off the market. 

September 11: Lord attends Rife’s birthday.

While Matt celebrated his birthday with a show at The Chelsea Table and Stage in New York, he also had a fun weekend in Vegas with friends. And, seated next to him as he blew out his birthday candles was none other than Jessica Lord. 

October 8: Lord poses with otters and a mystery man 

On October 8, Jessica was at Animal EDventure Park & Safari in Boyton Beach, Florida. Her post shows her beaming with lots of fluffy otters and features a sliver of a man in the background, who everyone thinks is Rife. And of course, he commented “Otter Whisperer 🦦👸🏼.”

October 12: Matt tells People he is dating Jessica

According to PEOPLE, Rife revealed he was dating Jessica backstage at the Forbers 30 Under 30 Summit. He opened up about their relationship and told PEOPLE that she makes sure he is taking care of himself while he is touring and often suggests that they take a day off just for themselves. “‘She forces me to take personal time, obviously, and I love that. Whenever she’s like, ‘Can we have tomorrow for ourselves?’ I’m like, ‘Thank you. I would love to have that.'” I’m obsessed with this relationship, TBH. 

If you need me, I’ll be waiting for this relationship to hard-launch online.

Julia is a national writer for Her Campus. While she writes for all verticals, her focus is the wellness section, bringing you everything you need to know about relationships, astrology, and the best ways to get down and dirty. Julia is a grad student at Syracuse University where she studies communications. She is a graduate of Stony Brook University, where she studied journalism with a minor in women's studies. During her time at SBU, she was a VS PINK campus rep, and an active member of Her Campus @ SBU. When she isn't writing, you can find Julia reading a smutty romance novel, hitting up her local crystal shop, or thrifting with an iced oat milk latte in hand. She's a Capricorn (but you probably already knew that) and a practicing yogi.