The truth about Shay Mitchell’s boyfriend Matte Babel

We first met actress Shay Mitchell when she starred on the hit teen series Pretty Little Liars, but now, over a decade later, Mitchell has entered a whole new phase in her life: motherhood! After seven seasons on PLL, the Canadian-born actress continued her television career by being cast in Netflix thriller You, via IMDb. Then, while she was pressing for her 2018 film The Possession of Hannah Grace, the world got one of her first glimpses of Mitchell’s relationship with her children’s future father, Matte Babel. In a behind-the-scenes interview for Entertainment Tonight Canada, Babel — an ET Canada correspondent — and Mitchell’s chemistry is palpable, with both parties joking and laughing throughout the segment.

Before Mitchell was linked to Babel, he was dating Canadian rapper Drake’s assistant, Ryan Silverstein, per the Daily Mail. That relationship lasted a year and ended in 2014. While she was spotted with alleged beaus — like basketball player Jimmy Butler — Mitchell didn’t settle down until 2017 when she started dating Babel.

Then, in 2019, Mitchell gave birth to her and Babel’s first child, Atlas. In early June this year, the couple also welcomed their second daughter, Rome. While having children together is a significant commitment in itself, Mitchell and Babel have not yet announced any plans to marry. So who exactly is Babel, and is marriage a possibility for the happy couple?

Shay Mitchell and Matte Babel are old friends of Drake

Like Shay Mitchell, Matte Babel is a Canadian-born entertainer. After attending college and earning his degree in Sociology and Communications, Babel entered the world of celebrity news on shows like MuchMusic and Entertainment Tonight Canada, where he interviewed famous actors and musicians via IMDb. Aside from being only Canadian, Mitchell and Babel actually have a mutual friend: Drake.

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We know Mitchell has previously dated Drake’s assistant, but it turns out the ‘Certified Lover Boy’ is also a great friend of Babel’s. In a 2017 interview with Fox News, Mitchell confirmed her relationship with Babel and explained how they met. “We’ve known each other for nine years,” she revealed. “We knew each other in Toronto. Like Drake and everyone else, it’s a Toronto crew. We’re really, really great friends.”

In fact, Babel is still heavily involved with Drake’s famous group of friends in his hometown, with whom he often works. According to Babel’s LinkedIn, he serves as the chief brand officer for Drake’s management company DreamCrew. When Mitchell and Babel took a relationship quiz on their YouTube channel, the couple gushed that “their song” was Drake’s “One Dance.”

Shay and Matte are happy without the pressures of marriage

Shay Mitchell and Matte Babel are admittedly unconventional when it comes to relationships. When the couple announced their first pregnancy, there were no signs of an engagement, but Mitchell and Babel were nonetheless excited about their journey to parenthood together.

“Seeing you both grow over the past six months has been the most beautiful thing in the world,” Babel wrote in an Instagram post while pregnant with her first child. “I was amazed by the strength, vulnerability and grace you had throughout this pregnancy, you will be an incredible mother… We are lucky to have you, love you.”

During an exclusive interview with E! News in 2021, Mitchell confirmed the couple were happy with their unmarried status. “I don’t know if I did anything right,” she laughed. “I didn’t marry before I had a child. I had a child, did not get married. I don’t really know if that’s in our cards. I think we both agree, maybe it’s just me.” Additionally, Mitchell made sure that the fact that there was no “pressure” on their relationship “keeps it sexy.” Though Mitchell hasn’t completely ruled out marriage for her future, for now, Mitchell and Babel appear to be focused on raising their two young daughters.

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