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Just minutes following reports that Miller, 26, died Friday from “an apparent overdose,” Instagram comments and tweets flooded in blaming Grande for the tragedy. People tagged the singer and claimed she was at fault for Miller’s death because she broke off their relationship.
I genuinely don't understand the human race. It's been like 30 minutes.— ✨Ryan Khosravi✨ (@ryepastrami) September 7, 2018
CW: misogyny; racist slurs; general horribleness pic.twitter.com/2Fxd9LaF9T
Pop Crave reports Grande’s comments were shut down on Friday “after a storm of abuse” on her Instagram account.
The comments on Ariana Grande’s Instagram account have been disabled after a storm of abuse from people blaming her for Mac Miller’s death. pic.twitter.com/Te584GSsq1— Pop Crave (@PopCrave) September 7, 2018
Ariana Grande disabled her comments on instagram, because sickos like these are posting this kinda shit. RIP to Mac Miller. This aint it. pic.twitter.com/m7P5lNjAG1— JiMiN yOu GoT nO jAmS (@ignis_leaena) September 7, 2018
Grande, who is now engaged to comedian Pete Davidson, confirmed in an Instagram Story on May 10 that her nearly two-year relationship with Miller had ended.
“I respect and adore him endlessly and am grateful to have him in my life in any form, at all times regardless of how our relationship changes or what the universe holds for each of us!” she wrote at the time, according to Billboard.
A week later, on May 17, Miller faced DUI and hit-and-run charges after crashing his car into a utility pole in Los Angeles. Grande faced similar comments blaming her for the wreck. She responded saying it was “absurd” for fans to insist she stay in a “toxic relationship” and alluded to Miller’s substance abuse.
“I have cared for him and tried to support his sobriety & prayed for his balance for years (and always will of course) but shaming / blaming women for a man’s inability to keep his shit together is a very major problem,” she wrote.
Even after Grande blocked Instagram comments, trolls continued tweeting nasty messages to her. Some fans, including YouTuber Ryan Abe, defended the singer.
I already see people on here blaming ariana grande for mac's death. Please do not put that on anyone. This is a tragedy as it is and there is zero need to make it worse. I know for a fact mac miller would not want that. Such a sad day for music.— RyansAverageLife (@RyanAbe) September 7, 2018
Alright I’m seeing a bunch of people blaming @ArianaGrande for Mac Miller dying! what’s wrong with you people? Just because a relationship didn’t workout that means you all are experts on their personal relationship? This world is a joke. R.I.P. #macmiller Most Dope 👍🏼 Praying— Cody Moore (@LLC_YT) September 7, 2018
Later Friday afternoon, Grande’s Instagram comments were re-enabled on some of her posts. It appeared that comments blaming her for Miller’s death had been removed.
Kris Seavers is the IRL editor for the Daily Dot. Her work has appeared in Central Texas publications, including Austin Monthly and San Antonio Magazine, and on NPR.