Ariana Grande is taking a step back to take care of herself. The singer has endured more heartbreak that any one person really ever should – and because of this, she’s doing what she can to make sure she can heal from it all. Ari and her fiancé Pete Davidson were supposed to attend the 2018 Emmy Awards, as Pete’s show Saturday Night Live was nominated, but they skipped out on the big event. And the 25-year-old songstress’ team released an official statement regarding her absence.

“Contrary to reports, Ariana will not be attending the Emmys tonight. Pete has also opted to not attend to be with her in New York,” her team said to People. “Given the events of the past couple of years, Ariana is going to take some much needed time to heal and mend. She will be staying close to home and using this period to spend time with her loved ones and work on new music without deadline. She thanks her fans for their understanding.”

It’s totally understandable Ariana doesn’t want to have all eyes on her at the moment, as attending an awards show and walking a red carpet would do just that. We all remember how everyone basically freaked out over Ariana and her 24-year-old bae being all cute at the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards together.

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But now, Ariana is simply making sure she’s well. A little more than a week ago, her ex-boyfriend – and more importantly dear friend – Mac Miller passed away. In the touching tribute she paid to him on her Instagram, it’s clear she’s experiencing a lot of pain while coping with this sudden loss.

“i adored you from the day i met you when i was nineteen and i always will. i can’t believe you aren’t here anymore. i really can’t wrap my head around it. we talked about this. so many times. i’m so mad, i’m so sad i don’t know what to do. you were my dearest friend. for so long. above anything else. i’m so sorry i couldn’t fix or take your pain away. i really wanted to. the kindest, sweetest soul with demons he never deserved. i hope you’re okay now. rest,” she wrote in the caption of a personal video she took of Mac. 

Mac’s passing came after Ariana dealt with the devastation of the bombing that sadly took place at her concert in Manchester and resulted in the death of 22 of her fans and many more injured. The “No Tears Left to Cry” singer has been open about how after the attack, she began seeing her therapist again to help her manage the crippling anxiety she was experiencing. We all hope Ariana gets well soon and knows her fans will stick by her, no matter what. She’s already shared her first selfie on Instagram, after taking a break from posting, to show her fans that she’s OK.

Whenever she’s ready to step back in the spotlight, they’ll be there for her.