Friday night, Ariana Grande blew up the internet after seemingly dragging her former fiancé Pete Davidson to hell and back on Twitter. After a video surfaced of Davidson joking about his called off engagement to the singer, Ari seemed less than impressed.
In response to the SNL cast member’s lighthearted self-deprecation, Grande took to Twitter to throw major shade his way.
“For someone who claims to hate relevancy u sure love clinging to it huh,” wrote Grande in a now-deleted Tweet on Friday. She followed up the tweet writing “thank u, next.”
Literally a day later, however, she revealed that Thank U, Next, was not her way of casting Pete into an ether of irrelevancy, but the name of her new single. Interestingly, the song dropped 30 minutes before Saturday Night Live aired.
Ariana after making the decision to release her new song 30 minutes before SNL pic.twitter.com/qcAb9aKzDW
— jon (@prasejeebus) November 4, 2018
Despite it’s rather ‘shady’ title the song is actually a very reflective and genuine song thanking all her exes. Name dropping former flames Big Sean, Ricky Alvarez, the late Mac Miller, and Pete Davidson, Grande declares that she’s “so f*ckin grateful” for them and all the experiences and growth she gained from their relationships.
This right here my fucking heart ???? pic.twitter.com/0UVVTXj98u
— Edgar Rodriguez (@itmeedgar) November 4, 2018
— Wilmarie Diaz (@wilmarie_diaz) November 4, 2018
One area of confusion, however, came when Apple Music posted the lyrics to the song. In the line “I know they say I move on too fast, but this one gon’ last, ‘cos her name is Ari and I’m so good with that,” Apple Music mistakenly printed, “cos’ her name is Aubrey.” The mix-up led many to believe either a) Ariana was dating a woman named Aubrey, which created a frenzy among her LGBTQ+ fans, or b) she was now seeing Drake. Fortunately, she was there to clear things up.
@AppleMusic i said Ari fam ????????
— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) November 4, 2018
While both Pete and Mac received heartfelt shoutouts, people couldn’t help but notice that Sean and Ricky got the short of the stick lyrically. Could be worse though, neither Jai Brooks nor Nathan Sykes even got mentioned at all. *Kanye Shrug*
Even though she named dropped 4 exes, the line, “One taught me love, one taught me patience, and one taught me pain,” conspicuously leaves out one, implying that one of her exes taught her absolutely nothing. ????
Sean and ricky hearing they names in thank u next pic.twitter.com/eblst1KaFU
— ali (@arismoonshine) November 4, 2018
Per Grande herself, this will be the last song on her upcoming album (apparently?) of the same name. Last month Grande told paparazzi the album would be here before the end of the year, marking her second release this year.
no drags…. no shade….. jus love, gratitude, acceptance, honesty, forgiveness … and growth ????
— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) November 3, 2018
Whether or not this will replace Taylor Swift’s We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together as the best pop breakup song ever, only time will tell.