Ariana Grande has truly started a movement thanks for her empowering self-love anthem “Thank, U Next”, encouraging people everywhere to look back on failed relationships and think of all the life lessons and growth that came from them instead of focusing on the negative. Ari drew inspiration from four of her most high-profile relationships and now, fans are wondering if she’s rekindling an old flame with her former backup dancer, Ricky Alvarez.
So here’s what went down: as we all know, Ricky was name-dropped in “Thank U, Next,” along with Big Sean, Pete Davidson, and the late Mac Miller. In the lyric dedicated to the 26-year-old dancer, Ari sings, “Wrote some songs about Ricky, now I listen and laugh,” referencing the love songs she wrote inspired by their relationship, which fans have concluded appear on her Dangerous Woman album. The 25-year-old songstress confirmed that Ricky, Sean, and Pete heard the track before it came out, proving she’s still on friendly terms with her exes. But how friendly is she with Ricky? The “Sweetener” singer left a comment on his most recent Instagram pic, writing “these colors are sick.”
Seems harmless, right? It is interesting though that she’s dropping a comment now since the former couple really hasn’t really had any public interactions with each other since their breakup back in 2016. Naturally, this led to speculation that maybe just maybe they’re back together. But Ari was quick to shut that down with another comment, writing on the same post “we’re friends everyone take a big ol breather.”
Call this just some wishful thinking from fans, but Ariana and Ricky aren’t dating and the songstress is still currently single, most likely still processing the end of her engagement from Pete and mourning the loss of her former love and longtime friend, Mac. Let’s just allow her to be by herself for a minute, okay? Plus, Ricky even posted about the song when it first dropped on his Instagram Story, letting everyone know he’s grateful Ariana is a part of his past and the songs he inspired are total jams. Ari replied back to a video of him listening to his line in the song too, laughing as she wrote “I’m sorry u got the worst line. It was meant v lovingly.” Clearly, there really isn’t any bad blood between the former lovebirds and Ariana is truly living the “Thank U, Next” life. Queen.
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