God is a woman — and a great publicist. While all eyes were on Pete Davidson, awaiting his response on last night’s Saturday Night Live to the breakup heard ‘round the world, Ariana Grande dropped a brand new single right before the show went to air. “Thank U, Next” is Grande’s last word about her ex-boyfriends. While Davidson certainly did say his piece (which we’ll get to in a minute), Grande stole the show.
“Thank U, Next” is a love letter to herself more than her exes. Through her lyrics, Grande expresses gratitude to her ex-boyfriends: Big Sean, Ricky Alvarez, Davidson, and the late Mac Miller. “Thought I’d end up with Sean / But he wasn’t a match / Wrote some songs about Ricky / Now I listen and laugh / Even almost got married / And for Pete I’m so thankful / Wish I could say thank you to Malcolm / ‘Cause he was an angel.” She also reflects on the lessons she learned in each relationship, and how she’s come out the other side: “One taught me love / One taught me patience / And one taught me pain / Now I’m so amazing.”
Then, Grande goes on to sing about how she’s spending more time with her friends, and how she’s relying on her own strength. “Plus I met someone else / We having better discussions / I know they say I move on too fast / But this one gon’ last / ‘Cause her name is Ari / And I’m so good with that.”
It’s a declarative song, one that exposes both Grande’s tender side and her hard-won resilience. No one would deny that she’s been through a lot over the past few years, but through “Thank U, Next,” we see that she’s learning …read more