Pop star Ariana Grande and comedian Pete Davidson are tied with themselves for having both the biggest hook up and break up of 2018. The pair enjoyed a whirlwind five-month romance this past summer, which included an engagement after only one month of dating. The couple called it quits in October and are continuing to address the breakup, with Grande releasing the new single “Thank U, Next” on Saturday, just minutes before Davidson spoke about the break up during Weekend Update on SNL. Both parties appear to be handling the loss well, but let’s be real. Break-ups suck. There are so many tattoos that need to be covered up.
Davidson turned his very public relationship into screen time this season on SNL, speaking about Grande during the season opener on September 30. Recapping how he spent his summer break, Davidson joked about getting engaged to the singer. “No one can believe it. I can’t believe it. Yeah, I get it. She’s the number one pop star in the world and I’m that guy from SNL that everyone thinks is in desperate need of more blood.”
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Davidson returned to the Weekend Update desk again this past weekend, this time making a statement about the pair’s breakup. Following a segment that included Davidson joking about Republicans, he ended the piece with a pivot towards his new Facebook status. Not mentioning Grande by name, because duh we know who he’s talking about, Davidson said “I know some of you are curious about the breakup, but the truth is, it’s nobody’s business. Sometimes things just don’t work out and that’s okay. She’s a wonderful, strong person and I genuinely wish her all the happiness in the world.”
Such a beautiful and mature statement coming from the guy with blue hair. Well said, Pete. We’re pretty sure there’s still a whole lotta heartbreak under that orange shirt (so loud!), but we love that he’s taking the high road. Looks like two wacky kids who got engaged after five minutes and then broke up a few weeks later are way more emotionally developed than they look on paper.
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While we liked hearing Davidson’s statement on the breakup because we’re nosy and want the hot goss, it did seem out of place. We don’t often hear SNL cast members discussing their personal lives on the show, but also, Ariana Grande. Her fame is hard to escape.
This wasn’t the first time Davidson has addressed the breakup. He’s actually talked about it almost as much as he spoke about their relationship while it was happening. We noticed. Ariana noticed. She’s deleted the tweets, but yeah, girlfriend knows.
During last week’s promo for SNL, Davidson jokingly proposed to musical guest Maggie Rogers, saying he’s “0-3” for engagements. Grande posted a clap back tweet, which she’s since deleted, but the internet never forgets.
Ariana Grande just subtweeted Pete Davidson and then said “thank u, next.” pic.twitter.com/WLkNahvwnR
— Ryan Schocket (@RyanSchocket) November 2, 2018
After getting out her anger in 140 characters, Grande released her new single “Thank U, Next,” which acts as the first single off her upcoming album, the follow-up to this year’s Sweetener. Heartbreak is great inspiration. Releasing what may go down in history as the healthiest breakup song of all time, “Thank U, Next” name checks some of Grande’s famous exes, including rappers Big Sean and the late Mac (Malcolm) Miller, dancer Ricky Alvarez, and Davidson.
“Thought I’d end up with Sean / But he wasn’t a match / Wrote some songs about Ricky / Now I listen and laugh / Even almost got married / And for Pete, I’m so thankful / Wish I could say, “Thank you” to Malcolm / ‘Cause he was an angel,” sings Grande.
Preaching self-love, Grande sings, “Spend more time with my friends / I ain’t worried ’bout nothin’ / Plus, I met someone else / We havin’ better discussions / I know they say I move on too fast / But this one gon’ last / ‘Cause her name is Ari / And I’m so good with that.”.
Is it possible to make giant billboards out of the lyrics to “Thank U, Next” and place them outside of high schools and colleges? This message should be mandatory reading for young people entering the dating world. Love yourself first and foremost and remember that a relationship ending is not the end of you. Romeo and Juliet were ridiculous.
We’re so f**king grateful for this song.