Pop star Ariana Grande is opening up about her exes and explaining why she’s dated so many famous men.
The 25-year-old “God Is A Woman” singer is Billboard’s Woman of the Year and covers the magazine’s latest issue where she spoke openly about her very public relationships with famous men and how they each inspired her latest hit music.
“This is how I meet people — I can’t just, like, meet someone at a bar,” she says of her famous exes, who include Pete Davidson, Mac Miller, Big Sean and Ricky Alvarez. “I live fast and full-out, and I make mistakes, and I learn from them and I’m grateful no matter what happens.”
Grande went on to describe herself as “really lucky and really unlucky at the same time,” when considering her multiple breakups over the years as well as the 20 people that died in a bombing outside her concert in Manchester, England last May. Back in September, her ex Mac Miller died after an accidental overdose and one month later, she and Davidson broke up four months after getting engaged.
“I can’t even say ‘Good morning’ to anyone without crying,” she tells the magazine, before revealing the bright side of her tough year. “I guess there’s not much I’m afraid of anymore. When life tries you with such serious sh*t so many times, your priorities change. I don’t give a sh*t. I just want to be happy and healthy — one day — and make music.”
Grande went on to discuss the lyrics behind her latest hit single “Thank U, Next”.
“When I felt myself saying, ‘’Cause her name is Ari,’ I knew it was a special line, but part of me was like, ‘Oh, my God, that’s kind of corny,’” says Grande of a standout line in the song. “But the other part of me was like, ‘That’s beautiful and I need to keep it in.’ I know that once I put something into a song, then it’s real.”
Grande shared how happy she is to see how well her fans received the surprise track.
“It is so exciting to see something be received well. That’s a beautiful thing. But it’s even more beautiful to be honest and just do something,” she says. “To drop a record on a Saturday night because you feel like it, and because your heart’s going to explode if you don’t — to take back your narrative.”
“I can’t believe it but, like, so can,” she said of the positive response to the track. “It’s me and my besties tipsy off champagne — and me with a broken heart — just letting it out and having fun. I love this more than any other song I’ve ever put out.”
Grande went on to explain how “Thank U, Next” is just the first step in her new control over her music.
“I don’t want to do what people tell me to do, I don’t want to conform to the pop star agenda. I want to do it on my own terms from now on,” she says. “If I want to tour two albums at once, I’m going to tour two albums at once. If I want to drop a third album while I’m on tour [in 2019], I’ll do that too! Please.”
“I want to be able to do what is authentic and honest and natural,” she adds. “It’s the only way that I’ve been able to survive.”
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