Written by Melanie Burton, May 9, 2016

Unlocked! NW goes inside the exclusive app helping the stars get lucky!

Enter Raya, a Tinder-like dating app for the rich and famous, which is so exclusive that it was only after Kelly Osbourne’s profile leaked on Instagram that the rest of us even found out the matchmaker existed! And it’s got no shortage of celeb clientele, with Khloe Kardashian, 31, Nick Jonas, 23, Cara Delevingne, 23, Kendall Jenner, 20, Ruby Rose, 30, and Jeremy Piven, 50, all on board.


“It’s the hottest app. Everyone’s on it,” an A-list insider tells NW. “It’s like a who’s who of Hollywood on there and most are just using it for casual hook-ups.” Sign us up, like, now!

But unfortunately for us regular folk, there’s more to it than simply uploading your sexiest selfie and frantically swiping left and right until you land that perfect match.

There’s a strict approval process before you can even begin to think about getting lucky. So what’s it involve?

For starters, you have to be referred by two existing Raya members, and you’ll need to have members following you on Instagram. A committee then votes if you should be admitted based on your popularity.

What’s more, once you’ve been approved there are strict rules to follow – including a ban on taking screenshots of profiles to maintain discretion – and if you break them, you risk getting booted. No wonder our insider likens it to a private members’ club! And it’s because of the privacy that young Hollywood love it so much.

So who’s met their match on the app so far?

Well, Amy Schumer reportedly found her beau Ben Hanisch, 29, on Raya, having denied earlier this year that they’d met on Bumble, another dating app. And while furniture-designer Ben isn’t an A-lister like most members, he was approved because he’s an Instagram-famous creative type.

For the most part, though, Raya celebs tend to stick to their own kind.

Patrick Schwarzenegger, 22, is said to have met model Abby Champion, 19, through the app, Cara and Ruby reportedly used it to have a fling, and we hear it’s how Scott Disick, 32, hooked up with model Christine Burke, 20!

And while most people will never experience the secret world of Raya first-hand, our insider says it’s like being granted access to Leonardo DiCaprio’s little black book.

“There are so many models on the site, it’s practically a casting book,” continues our insider.

“Cody Simpson and Joe Jonas have been using it to hook up. They love models, and with this app they can have a different one every night without even leaving their houses.”


Who said romance was dead?

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