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Ariana Grande had us all in shock when she surprise-dropped her new single “thank u, next,” a track paying homage to all of her exes.

While some may assume the song is a diss track, that’s not necessarily the case, especially after finding out this latest news.

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As previously reported, “thank u, next” dropped just before this week’s episode of SNL aired, and according to TMZ, Grande released the track before the episode in preparation of anything her most recent ex, Pete Davidson, could say on the latest episode.

While she dropped it before SNL, that doesn’t mean the song was in order to diss Pete, rather thank him, and her other exes: Big Sean, Ricky Alvarez, Davidson and the late Mac Miller.

“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.”

The song took us all by surprise, and some fans began wondering how Ariana’s exes actually felt about the song, especially her two oldest exes Big Sean and Ricky Alvarez. So, one fan decided to get to the bottom of this mystery.

Going to Twitter (because that’s how we all do our investigating) they made a joke about the two hearing the song for the first time:

Of course, Ariana didn’t want to let fans think there was any bad blood between her or her exes from the song.

Replying to the tweet, she let it be known that those two (and presumably Pete) heard the track before it was dropped.

However, while they heard the song before it was released, none of her exes has commented on the track publically since its release. But…at least she let them hear the song.

In any case, we’re glad there are no issues between the singer and her former boyfriends.

Pete even shared a message of his own during SNL, where he only gave his utmost respect to the pop star.

“And the last thing I will say, I know some of you are curious about the breakup, but the truth is, it’s nobody’s business,” Davidson says. “And sometimes things just don’t work out, and that’s okay. She’s (Grande) a wonderful, strong person and I genuinely wish her all of the happiness in the world. Now please, go vote on Tuesday.”

Additionally, Ariana Grande will be hitting the road early next year for her Sweetener World Tour. Joining Grande on the first leg of the tour will be Normani, who you might know from her debut single “Love Lies,” featuring Khalid, that was released earlier this year.

Check out the full list of cities and dates below!


03/18 – Albany, NY @ Times Union Center
03/20 – Boston, MA @ TD Garden
03/22 – Buffalo, NY @ KeyBank Center
03/25 – Washington, DC @ Capitol One Arena
03/26 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center
03/28 – Cleveland, OH @ Quicken Loans Arena
03/30 – Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Arena
04/01 – Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre
04/03 – Toronto, ON @ Scotiabank Arena
04/05 – Detroit, MI @ Little Caesars Arena
04/07 – Chicago, IL @ United Center
04/10 – Columbus, OH @ Schottenstein Center
04/12 – Indianapolis, IN @ Bankers Life Fieldhouse
04/13 – St. Louis, MO @ Enterprise Center
04/15 – Milwaukee, WI @ Fiserv Forum
04/17 – St. Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center
04/18 – Omaha, NE @ CHI Health Center
04/20 – Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center
04/22 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Vivint Smart Home Arena
04/25 – Edmonton, AB @ Rogers Place
04/27 – Vancouver, BC @ Rogers Arena
04/30 – Portland, OR @ Moda Center
05/02 – San Jose, CA @ SAP Center
05/03 – Sacramento, CA @ Golden 1 Center
05/06 – Los Angeles, CA @ Staples Center
05/10 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Forum
05/14 – Phoenix, AZ @ Talking Stick Resort Arena
05/17 – San Antonio, TX @ AT&T Center
05/19 – Houston, TX @ Toyota Center
05/21 – Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center
05/23 – Oklahoma City, OK @ Chesapeake Energy Arena
05/25 – New Orleans, LA @ Smoothie King Center
05/28 – Tampa, FL @ Amalie Arena
05/29 – Orlando, FL @ Amway Center
05/31 – Miami, FL @ American Airlines Arena
06/04 – Raleigh, NC @ PNC Arena
06/07 – Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena
06/08 – Atlanta, GA @ State Farm Arena
06/10 – Charlotte, NC @ Spectrum Center
06/12 – Pittsburgh, PA @ PPG Paints Arena
06/14 – Brooklyn, NY @ Barclays Center
06/18 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden