In our humble opinion, Ariana Grande dropped the best April Fool’s joke this year — a brand new song and music video that was not at all a joke. The pop princess teamed up with frequent-collaborator Victoria Monét (who has several writing credits on Grande’s album thank u, next) to bring her adoring fans the new single Monopoly, shot in a style that might seem familiar.
Remember that “Motivational Dancing Guy” who made internet waves earlier this year? That was 21-year-old Toronto-born dancer and student, Donté Colley, who makes several appearances in the video doing what he does best — dancing that hate away and bringing the positivity.
Colley’s style features heavily in the video (did he edit this??) with the three stars dancing among emojis and slapping away negativity like “haters, “f—ery” and “Trump.” They also spend some time shaking it in matching jumpsuits which is one of the cutest things we’ve ever seen.
Colley shot to internet meme fame in January when he posted a motivational New Year’s dancing video on his social media declaring “THIS IS YOUR YEAR.” The wholesome content was shared hundreds of thousands of times and by big stars like Leslie Jones who called the video her 2019 mood. Basically, we’ve been starting every day by watching five of these videos with breakfast so we can GET AT IT.
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While we were freaking out about seeing our Canadian motivational icon in an Ariana video, other fans were reading waaay into the lyrics of “Monopoly” (as fans tend to do) and discovering that Ari might have dropped a little Easter egg about her sexuality. Fans wondered if the line, “I like women and men,” was Grande’s way of subtly coming out as bisexual but Grande quickly responded to the internet speculation by informing everyone that she doesn’t feel the need to label herself. Monét came out as bisexual herself at the end of last year.
i haven’t before and still don’t feel the need to now 🖤🧚🏼♂️ which is okay
— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) April 1, 2019