May 21, 2019

Ariana Grande Has Created the Perfect Breakup Anthem

“On Saturday night, roughly 30 minutes before her erstwhile fiancé Pete Davidson clocked into work at Saturday Night Live, Ariana Grande released into the ether, “thank u, next” —a petty bop seemingly aimed square at his tender heart.

The song calls out Grande’s various exes—including Davidson, who has been squeezing every ounce of content out of their relationship on SNL—but it is not the anthem of a spurned lover, looking to destroy everything in her path. Instead, Grande took a page from the book of Mariah Carey: “thank u, next” is a motivational narrative powered by pettiness, perfectly timed to put an end to the public messiness caused by the dissolution of her relationship with Davidson.

A week or so after Davidson and Grande ended their engagement, neither party seemed to be handling it very well. Davidson used his platform on SNL’s “Weekend Update” segment to milk their engagement for laughs; he opened the season by making jokes about replacing her birth control pills with Tic-Tacs, and has mentioned his relationship with Grande in every monologue he’s done. On Thursday, he fake-proposed to musical guest Maggie Rogers in a promo that caused Grande to tweet, then delete, “for somebody who claims to hate relevancy u sure love clinging to it huh.””

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