The pop star and the rapper split in April 2015, after nearly nine months of dating

By Maria Pasquini
February 28, 2019 03:15 PM
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Ariana Grande seems to be on good terms with her ex-boyfriend Big Sean.

A source tells PEOPLE that Grande, 25, recently spent time at an L.A. recording studio with the 30-year-old rapper.

On Thursday, TMZ posted photos of the pair sitting together in a car outside of a recording studio in Los Angeles. The pair were joined in the vehicle by Grande’s dog Toulouse, who has recently made cameos in the pop star’s music videos for “7 rings” and “thank u, next.”

Reps for Grande and Sean did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.

The exes, who split in April 2015 after nearly a year together, previously collaborated on three songs.

The pair first teamed up for Grande’s “Right There,” released on her debut album Yours Truly in 2013, followed by “Best Mistake,” which appeared on 2014’s My Everything. Grande was also featured on “Research,” from the rapper’s 2015 album Dark Sky Paradise.

Big Sean and Ariana Grande
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Grande ended her engagement with fiancé Pete Davidson last October, while Sean recently split from singer Jhené Aiko.

Grande and the rapper were first linked in August 2014, when they were spotted sharing a kiss at a movie theater. Although the couple wasn’t afraid to pack on the PDA during their relationship, they called it quits in April 2015 after about nine months of dating due to a conflicting tour schedule, E! News reported at the time. In a joint statement, the pair said they “care deeply for each other and remain close friends.”

Shortly before their breakup, Sean gushed about his relationship with the singer to Ryan Seacrest, saying: “Ariana is very, very special. She’s very special to me.”

As one of Grande’s high-profile exes, Sean earned himself a mention in the singer’s smash hit “thank u, next” — and got an even cheekier shout out in the accompanying music video.

On the track, Grande sings: “Thought I’d end up with Sean / but he wasn’t a match.” But in the Mean Girls-inspired music video for the chart-topper, she had nothing but positive things to say about the rapper in her “Burn Book.” On the page dedicated to Big Sean (born Sean Michael Anderson), Grande said he was “so cute “and “so sweet” and “could still get it.”

Although Grande has yet to comment on the photos of her and Sean, this isn’t the first time the singer has been seen hanging out with following her breakup from Davidson.

In December, the singer shut down rumors that she had rekindled her romance with former backup dancer Ricky Alvarez after the pair were spotted in New York City together and had a funny back-and-forth about the lyrics she dedicated to him in “thank u, next.”

After commenting “these colors are sick” on a photo of Alvarez wearing a mustard yellow sweater and a blond buzzcut, the singer responded to a fan who demanded the full tea regarding their relationship status.

Grande then replied directly to the question, insisting, “we’re friends everyone take a big ol breather” next to a black heart emoji.

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Seemingly hinting that a new relationship was the last thing on her mind, last month Grande wrote that she “probably” wouldn’t be dating “for the rest of the year.”

On New Year’s Day, the pop star joked with a fan about her dating life on Twitter — first by responding to a tweet that included a picture of an article titled, “Who is Ariana Dating NOW?!” with, “Can they tell me too?”

Then, when the fan joked in response, “Spoiler. It’s me!” Grande answered, “Spoiler for the rest of this year / probably my life: it’s no one. please refer back to this tweet for future questions.”

Grande’s reunion with the Big Sean comes after a particularly successful couple of weeks for Grande.

Her fifth album, thank u, next, topped the Billboard 200 chart for the second week in a row. And last week, three of Grande’s new singles topped the Hot 100 chart: “7 rings” at No. 1, “break up with your girlfriend, i’m bored” at No. 2 and the title track at No. 3; the last time an artist simultaneously occupied the top three chart positions was when The Beatles did it in 1964.

The Grammy winner’s Sweetener World Tour kicks off March 18 in Albany, New York.