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Ariana Grande drops ‘thank u, next’ 30 minutes before SNL

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Ariana Grande dropped her latest song, “thank u, next” 30 minutes before Saturday Night Live, on which her ex, Pete Davidson, appears.

While the move—turning the attention to herself and sucking all the air out of the conversation about their breakup—is petty, the song it self is a sweet paean to Grande’s exes and the woman she’s become. It’s a pretty genius game of chess; a way to direct the narrative of their breakup while still keeping the tone positive and loving.

According to Vulture, Davidson reportedly pulled a sketch about their breakup from SNL this week, although he has commented on their breakup previously and “proposed” to musical guest Maggie Rogers on the promo for this week’s episode.

“Thank u, next” references Davidson, as well as some of her other famous exes, including Big Sean and Mac Miller, whose death from a drug overdose earlier this year deeply affected Grande. Each of her relationships, Grande sings, taught her something and contributed to the person she’s become, but her most important relationship is with herself.

In a series of tweets on Saturday, Grande clarified that “thank u, next” will be the title of a forthcoming album, as well. “Issa song and an album,” Grande tweeted. “You’ll get the song first.”

Predictably, Twitter lost its shit over the surprise move:

Davidson also commented on the breakup during SNL’s “Weekend Update” segment.

The last thing I will say is I know some of you are curious about the breakup, but the truth is it’s nobody’s business,” he said. “Sometimes things just don’t work out, and that’s okay. She’s a wonderful, strong person, and I genuinely wish her all the happiness in the world.”

Two people handling a breakup like mature adults and growing from the experience? We’re not crying, you’re crying.

Ellen Ioanes

Ellen Ioanes

Ellen Ioanes is the FOIA reporter at the Daily Dot, where she covers U.S. politics. She is a graduate of Columbia Journalism School, and her work has appeared in the Guardian, the Center for Public Integrity, HuffPost India, and more.