"I’m dating a nice girl," Mark Ronson, who's been spotted with Saturday Night Live talent executive Rebecca Schwartz, told WSJ. Magazine

By Brianne Tracy
March 08, 2019 04:30 PM
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Credit: Andreas Laszlo Konrath for WSJ. Magazine

Mark Ronson is officially off the market.

In the cover story for WSJ. Magazine’s March Men’s Style Issue, the award-winning musician — who co-wrote “Shallow” with Lady Gaga for A Star Is Born — confirmed he has a new love. Ronson is believed to be dating Saturday Night Live talent executive Rebecca Schwartz, whom he was spotted with at the Oscars in February.

As Ronson, 43, put on a Supreme varsity jacket during the interview, he mentioned that the jacket belonged to his girlfriend — “whose very mention seems to brighten his expression,” according to the publication.

“Yeah, I am in a relationship,” Ronson said. “It’s good. I’m dating a nice girl.”

Musician Mark Ronson Walks To Lunch With His Girlfriend Rebecca Schwartz And His Father Mick Ronson In Soho In New York City
Mark Ronson and Rebecca Schwartz
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Though Ronson’s ear for detail has been a key part of the success of his hits like the Bruno Mars collaboration “Uptown Funk,” it can sometimes take the joy out of life’s pleasures.

“I couldn’t listen to music during sex,” he said. “I would be thinking, ‘I wonder how they got that snare drum sound,’ you know?”

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Mark Ronson
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Ronson’s upcoming fifth album, Late Night Feelings, is due out in late March and comes after his recently released collaboration with Miley Cyrus, “Nothing Breaks Like a Heart.” In the interview, Ronson recounted getting Cyrus on board for the single.

After seeing Cyrus perform on SNL, Ronson first texted her back in 2015 but never got a reply. He said his subsequent messages were met with an occasional emoji or a “Heyyyyyyy” or “What Up.” Cyrus, who doesn’t save any numbers in her phone — “I don’t even have my grandmother’s,” she admitted — had no idea who was texting.

Once the chorus of “Nothing Breaks Like a Heart” was in place, Ronson tried one last time to contact Cyrus and sent it to her. She replied right away saying that she loved it.

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Mark Ronson
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Ronson said Cyrus came into Rick Rubin’s Malibu recording studio Shangri-La like “a whirling dervish” and that he knew that the song was going to be “pretty special” the minute she sang it.

“Seeing the way that he works, I was immediately addicted to the process,” Cyrus said. “He’s such a listener that you instantly feel he’s present.”

Ronson got a tattoo of a cracked heart-shaped disco ball on the inside of his right arm — the logo for “Nothing Breaks Like a Heart” — to not only commemorate the song, but to also cover an earlier tattoo of the name “Joséphine” inside a red heart, which he had gotten for his ex-wife Joséphine de La Baume.

Ronson and the French actress and model divorced in 2017 after six years of marriage. The new record, he said, is a labor of love lost.

“It wasn’t conscious — I wasn’t like, ‘Okay, I’m gonna make this my breakup album,’” Ronson said. “I don’t want to seem exploitative. [De La Baume has her] own pain and trauma. Both of us are… living it. The simple fact of the matter is I was going through these things, and I had to make a record. They were gonna collide at some point.”

“This was writing from the point of view of an emotion first, then figuring out the beat,” he later added. “What’s funny is this is my most melancholy record but my most consistently dancey record.”

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Mark Ronson
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When Ronson wrote “Shallow” with Gaga, which she then performed with Bradley Cooper in A Star Is Born, it was during a time that his marriage to de La Baume was struggling and also when Gaga had just ended things with her then-fiancé, Taylor Kinney.

“We were all going through relationship s—” he said, recalling the sessions with fellow co-writers Anthony Rossomando and Andrew Wyatt. “Everybody was willing to bring their troubles to that song.”

Ronson said writing the song was “like therapy, even though there’s so much hurt in this song.”

Of his legacy, Ronson said now is probably the first time he has “ever felt comfortable enough in my career.”

“If it all did go f—ing pear-shaped tomorrow, I feel like my standing and my contribution to pop music the last 10 years is pretty solid,” he said.

Ronson’s WSJ. Magazine cover hits stands on Saturday.