Ariana Grande Teases ‘Thank U, Next' — a Song & Album Seemingly Inspired by Pete Davidson Split
In the wake of her split with ex-fiancé Pete Davidson, Ariana Grande appears to be channeling her feelings into her music, telling fans on Saturday that a new song and album are on the way
The singer, 25, revealed that the song would come first but both would share the same title: “thank u, next” — the same words Grande appeared to lodge towards Davidson on Thursday after he joked about their failed relationship in a Saturday Night Live promo.
In the show’s clip, the 24-year-old comedian — who got engaged to Grande after a month of dating — indirectly referenced Grande when he introduced himself to musical guest Maggie Rogers and jokingly proposed to her in one fell swoop. Rogers, 24, quickly declined, and Davidson responded by saying he’s “0-3,” alluding to his failed relationships.
After the video was published, Grande tweeted, “For somebody who claims to hate relevancy u sure love clinging to it huh.” She followed up with another that read, “thank u, next.”
Grande soon deleted her tweets, but that hasn’t stopped her from repeatedly using “thank u, next.”
On Friday, she added the word “next” to a photo of a “thank you” balloon on her Instagram Story. That same day she repeated the phrase in a series of tweets that could be lyrics to that aforementioned song.
“‘Cause look what i found …. ain’t no need for searching and for that i say…. thank u, next,” she wrote. “Got so much love….. got so much patience….. i’ve learnt from the pain …. and turnt out amazin…. say i’ve loved and i’ve lost….. but that’s not what i see cause look what i got…. look what u taught me / and for that i say ……. thank u, next.”
And on Saturday, she pushed things forward by sharing a photo of a track called “thank u, next” via her Instagram Stories and Twitter.
“No drags…. no shade….. jus love, gratitude, acceptance, honesty, forgiveness … and growth,” she wrote of the record.
“I’m gonna jus keep creating and putting stuff out as i please 🖤” she added. “It feels good to my soul and i love keeping the kids fed.”
Grande’s last album, Sweetener, was released on Aug. 17 and famously features a track titled “Pete Davidson.”
Prior to Thursday, things between Grande and Davidson appeared to be very civil.
The two called it quits in October after getting engaged in June. “It was way too much too soon,” a Grande source told PEOPLE at the time. “It’s not shocking to anyone.”
Sources close to the couple told TMZ that the decision to split was a mutual choice, as both the pop star and Davidson felt the timing wasn’t right.
Meanwhile, Grande said in October that she’s been relying on music to help her get through a difficult few months.
“It fixes everything,” Grande tweeted after a fan commended her passion for music.
“The absolute love of my life,” she wrote on Twitter, referring to her tiny companion. “I have no idea what i did …… to deserve her.”