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Pete Davidson and Ariana Grande Are Giving a Master Class in Breakup Etiquette
Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson’s unexpectedly sweet relationship may have ended, but in its place it seems to have left an unexpectedly sweet breakup. First, Davidson made some charmingly self-deprecating jokes about the dangers of rushing into the matching tattoo stage of romance. Then the conscious uncoupling hit a bit of a skid, but when Davidson caught wind of the fact that he’d hurt Grande’s feelings, he apparently asked that a sketch dealing with the breakup be cut from last night’s episode of Saturday Night Live. But that doesn’t mean the night was devoid of Grandson updates. Instead, each former fiancé issued a statement about the breakup in a way perfectly suited to their talents. Davidson discussed it during a deskside visit to Weekend Update. And Grande dropped a banger.
Grande got out in front, releasing her new song, “thank u, next,” before SNL aired. In it, she runs through her relationships with Big Sean, Ricky Alvarez, Davidson, and the late Mac Miller, thanking them each for what they’ve taught her and declaring that she’s “so fucking grateful for [her] ex” and is looking forward to her next love.
Thought I’d end up with SeanBut he wasn’t a matchWrote some songs about RickyNow I listen and laughEven almost got marriedAnd for Pete, I’m so thankfulWish I could say, “Thank you” to Malcolm’Cause he was an angel
Grande then reveals that she’s found the greatest love of all—herself.
Plus, I met someone elseWe havin’ better discussionsI know they say I move on too fastBut this one gon’ last’Cause her name is AriAnd I’m so good with that (So good with that)
Davidson used his platform as SNL Castmember the World Most Wants to Hear from to talk about midterm election candidates in races around the country. According to him, New York Republican Congressman Peter King looks like “if a cigar came to life,” and Mike Pence’s brother Greg, who’s running for congress in Indiana, resembles a “Ken Doll who spent a year in the river.” (Davidson did concede that as someone who looks like he “makes vape juice in a bathtub,” he doesn’t have much of a leg to stand on when it comes to criticizing people’s appearances.) He finished off the segment with a short but sweet statement on his split from Grande.
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. And sometimes things just don’t work out, and that’s O.K. She’s a wonderful, strong person and I genuinely wish her all the happiness in the world. Now please, go vote on Tuesday.
Maybe all the prognosticators who said those crazy kids wouldn’t make it were right, but maybe they were also kind of wrong. Okay, so their fast-paced relationship hasn’t ended in years-long wedded bliss (yet, at least.) But if two people break up yet still have respect and affection for each other, can that relationship be counted as a failure? They pay attention to each other’s feelings, compliment each other publicly—the Grandson breakup feels more healthy and functional than some relationships that last decades. Bieber and Baldwin, take note.