So far, most Ariana Grande fans have probably heard – or at least heard of – the new pop star banger, "Thank U, Next." Since the unexpected release of the band on Saturday night, November 3, the internet is full of doubts. Like, who are all the people Ariana Grande mentioned in "Thank U, Next"? The opening verse of the song refers to a handful of names that many of Big's fans (especially those out there from the earliest days of the singer's career) are likely to recognize. Agreeing with old novels with Big Sean, Ricky Alvarez, Mac Miller and – more recently – Pete Davidson, "Thank U, Next" from the Big, offers listeners a glimpse of what she learned from the consequences of those relationships.
This seems more than appropriate, since, as several agencies have reported, Grande's "Thank U, Next" is all about moving forward. Of course, as is customary when it comes to personal growth of almost any kind, moving forward often means coming to terms with the chapters you have chosen to leave behind. In Grande's case, the personal enlightenment she found for herself in "Thank U, Next" seems to come after a serious critical thinking about all her greatest novels of the past.
"I thought I was going to break up with Sean, but he was no match," Big sings at the beginning of the song, obviously referencing his relationship with Big Sean, the rapper with whom she shared two overly sweet (not to mention an overly-y couple) duets: "Best Mistake" and "Right There". The duo took their romance to the public during the Grammy Awards in 2015, but it was possible that it was an item for something like six months before that. According to a report from E! News at the time, Big and Big Sean split in April of the same year after having dated for nearly nine months.
Moving on, the first verse of the song readily follows in a thread-power sequence of each remarkable relationship that followed, from Alvarez to Davidson:
I wrote some songs about Ricky / now I hear and laugh / I almost got married / And for Pete, I'm so grateful / I wish I could say, 'Thank you to Malcolm / because he was an angel.'
Not long after she separated from Big Sean, rumors began, claiming that Big and Alvarez, originally one of their dancers, began dating. In August 2015, another E! The news seemed to confirm the rumors of the relationship, and the two looked very happy for about a year after that. But by the time July 2016 arrived, Grande and Alvarez also separated.
Then about a month later, Grande and Miller revealed their relationship with the public at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards. (Just for everyone to be on the same page about Grande's lyrics, Miller's birth name was Malcolm McCormick. ) The pair had been subject to some romance rumors in the past, mainly due to their 2013 musical collaboration, "The Way". And while they were apparently seen kissing a few weeks before the VMA that year, the couple became official during the awards show. Big and Miller were together for about two years after that, until the end of their audience last May.
Only a few weeks after Grande confirmed that she and Miller's separation via Instagram Stories, rumors that she and Davidson had begun dating began to circulate. On May 30, Davidson, a Saturday night live comedian, seemed to "confirm" the relationship with an Instagram photo that was deleted, Harry Potter costumes, next to the legend, "the chamber of secrets was opened". By the end of June, Grande and Davidson were engaged.
But only a few months later, in October, Grande and Davidson parted ways, following what had been a couple of months for the singer. After Miller's untimely death in early September, Big stepped back from the spotlight, jumping out at this year's Emmy show and periodically moving away from social media as well. Grande has not yet commented Davidson's separation reports directly. That said, her last name in "Thank U, Next" suggests that she is no longer thinking about past novels. Because? It looks like she's in a different kind of relationship now:
"Besides, I met someone else / we had better discussions / I know they say I changed too fast / But that's the last one because her name is Ari / and I'm so good about it."
So, after all, it seems safe to say that the Great is not holding any bitterness about the end of past romances. In fact, her genuine "thanks" to each ex during the new song make it clear that she is grateful for the time she shared with them, and what these experiences have taught her. And on the basis of these experiences, it seems that the "near" relationship in Grande's horizon is with herself. Setting aside novels, most people who have been in some kind of relationship before know that it is definitely the most important thing to keep, anyway.