Emmalynn VanDyke – Section Editor
Ariana Grande released her new song, “Thank You, Next” on November 3, 2018. The song is a timeline and breakdown of her love life.
In the first verse, Grande lists her previous ex-boyfriends and comments on their relationships. She says, “Thought I’d end up with Sean, but he wasn’t a match,” referring to Big Sean, her partner from 2014 to mid 2015. The two were said to have broken up because of conflicting tour dates, but other situation have been rumored.
Ricky Alvarez was her next ex mentioned in the verse. “Wrote some songs about Ricky, now I listen and laugh,” Ricky was her backup dancer and they dated from 2015 until July of 2016. Ariana’s songs “Moonlight” and “True Love” were written about him, and other songs were said to be about him as well.
“Even almost got married, and for Pete I’m so thankful,” Pete Davidson was Ariana Grande’s latest relationship. The couple recently broke up, after being engaged for a few months.
Mac Miller is Grande’s last ex mentioned in the first verse of the song. “Wish I could say ‘Thank You’ to Malcolm, ‘Cause he was an angel,” This lyric gives reference to Miller, who recently died from an accidental overdose earlier this year. Grande has openly spoken about how the passing of Miller affected her deeply.
Later in the song, Grande speaks of how thankful she is for all of her exes because they all taught her something. She says how one taught her love, one taught her patience, and one taught her pain. This song is an allusion to all of the men who have affected her in some way or another during their relationships.
Ariana Grande has been singing since 2013 and continues to empower those around her with her deep lyrics, always encouraging people to move on and do better.