Ariana Grande Drops ‘Thank U, Next’ Album, And It’s Full Of Pete Davidson Shade!
Ariana Grande has been a busy lady this past year. Back in August of 2018, she released her fourth studio album titled Sweetner. In May, she started dating Pete Davidson, a few months later they got engaged, then they broke up in October, just one month after Grande’s ex-boyfriend Mac Miller died of an overdose.
It’s probably been one of the more challenging years in her life, yet somehow she found the time to write and record another album.
Thank U, Next, her fifth studio album, was released today (Feb. 8) and fans are already working hard to decode it. Not surprisingly, it looks like most of this album is dedicated to Pete and Mac.
And it’s safe to say she remembers one with fondness and the other? Well, not so much. In one track titled ‘Bloodline,’ Grande talks about not wanting to start a family with a certain person…Pete, obviously hinting at their engagement and almost marriage.
“Don’t want you in my bloodline, yeah/Just wanna have a good time, yeah/And no need to apologize, no/But you gon’ have to let this shit go/Don’t want you in my bloodline, yeah/Not tryna make you all mine, yeah/And no need to apologize, no/But you gon’ have to let this shit go, yeah.
No, we won’t be talking the next day/I ain’t got nothin’ to say (Yeah, nah)/I ain’t lookin’ for my one true love/Yeah, that ship sailed away,”
In another track titled ‘In My Head’ she talks about creating this perfect image of a man inside her head that doesn’t exist…
“Wanted you to grow, but, boy, you wasn’t budding/Everything you are made you everything you aren’t/I saw your potential without seein’ credentials/Maybe that’s the issue (Yeah, yeah)/Said maybe that’s the issue, ah/Can’t hold that shit against you, ah/Yes, I did it to myself, yeah/Thought you were somebody else.”
And then in an emotional track titled “Ghostin'” she talks about mourning the loss of a previous partner while trying to start a new relationship with someone else. It’s pretty clear she is talking about both Mac and Pete in this song.
“Baby, you do it so well/You been so understanding, you been so good/And I’m puttin’ you through more than one ever should/And I’m hating myself ’cause you don’t want to/Admit that it hurts you.
I know that it breaks your heart when I cry again/Over him, mmh/I know that it breaks your heart when I cry again/’Stead of ghostin’ him. Though I wish he were here instead/Don’t want that living in your head/He just comes to visit me/When I’m dreaming every now and then (And then).“
Damn. “Though I wish he were here instead” has to sting a little bit. Sounds like they both weren’t ready for a serious relationship. Grande obviously wasn’t over Mac and Pete is just not in the right mental space.
By the way, this album is getting rave reviews. Some critics are calling it her best work ever.