By now you've probably heard that self-proclaimed hot girl Megan Thee Stallion has been dating rapper and songwriter Pardison Fontaine after first confirming the rumors during an Instagram Live back in February. In the past, Meg has been tight-lipped about her personal interactions, so as expected fans went into a tizzy upon finding out her new relationship status. Meg and Pardison are continuing to make headlines with their cute antics on social media. Most recently, the "Body" rapper posted a video sharing smooches with her boyfriend aboard a boat that sent the internet into another frenzy.
So, just who is Pardison Fontaine? Find out below.
Here are the Facts
First things first, Pardison Fontaine's real name is Jorden Kyle Lanier Thorpe. He stands tall at 6'5'' and originally hails from Newburgh, New York. He's 29 years old and a Capricorn. For all you astrology lovers out there, Capricorn's strengths include being responsible, disciplined, good managers, and practicing self-control. Good job, Meg!
The Cardi B Co-Sign
If it wasn't for Pardison's connection to Cardi B, he might not have ever had his big break. He's best known for his 2018 single "Backin' It Up" featuring Cardi. However, he goes way back with the star to her days as a dancer at Sue's Rendezvous, a Mount Vernon gentleman's club. Pardi would sometimes perform at Sue's before Cardi found her way to VH1's Love & Hip Hop. The two were introduced by a mutual friend and the rest is history! "Backin' It Up" went on to peak at number 40 on the US Billboard Hot 100. His own debut album UNDER8ED followed on November 15, 2019.
A Celebrated Ghost Writer
Actually, Pardison was crucial to the success of Cardi's debut album Invasion of Privacy.
Pardi's name appears in the credits for twelve of the thirteen tracks on IOP. Cardi B spoke publicly about Fontaine's assistance giving him props, something that historically ghostwriters rarely get. He took his ghostwriting skills one step further on the Kanye West track "Violent Crimes", written from Ye's perspective as a girl dad. The opportunity came about when Kanye assembled a team of writers for his 2018 album, Ye, and specifically requested him based on his work with Cardi B. Fontaine was flown out to Wyoming, where the album was recorded. And here's a random fun fact: Pardison is credited on Ed Sheeran's hit "South of the Border".
How Pardison Fontaine Got His Name
Pardi has a special place in his heart for the cult classic Back to the Future and wanted to play off of the lead character's name Marty McFly. He came up with "Pardi", which ultimately led to Pardi McFly. "Then, I thought to myself, 'JAY-Z is not going to do a song with somebody named Pardi McFly,'" Pardi tells People. "So, I just dropped the McFly and I kept the Pardi."
His last name originated while working retail at Saks Fifth Avenue. Pardi explains:
"I used to walk past this Anne Fontaine store all the time, and I didn't know exactly what it meant or what it sold, but I just knew Fontaine sounded hella important."
The meaning became deeper for him once he looked it up. It turns out Jean de la Fontaine is a famed French poet and fabulist from the 17th century. The connection just made sense and he launched his MySpace under the alias.
Featured image by Megan Thee Stallion/Instagram