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Posted: November 04, 2018

Ariana Grande releases new single before 'SNL'; Pete Davidson talks split

Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson Reportedly Break Up

By Michelle Ewing, Cox Media Group National Content Desk


Pop star Ariana Grande released a new single shortly before ex-fiance Pete Davidson hit the stage on "Saturday Night Live."

>> Ariana Grande, Pete Davidson call it quits, reports say wedding is off

In the song, called "Thank U, Next," Grande thanks her former boyfriends – including Davidson and Mac Miller, who died from a suspected overdose in September – for helping her learn and grow.

"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 sings in the first verse.

>> Listen to the song here (WARNING: Lyrics contain profanity.)

Grande referenced the song's title last week in a now-deleted tweet slamming Davidson after he appeared to joke about the pair's whirlwind romance and broken engagement in a "Saturday Night Live" promo.

"Hey Maggie, I'm Pete," he told musical guest Maggie Rogers in the clip. "Wanna get married?"

"No," Rogers said, to which Davidson replied, "0 for 3." (Davidson previously was engaged to Cazzie David, daughter of comedian Larry David, according to NBC News.)

>> Watch the promo here

In an apparent response to the clip, Grande tweeted, "For somebody who claims to hate relevancy u sure love clinging to it huh," adding, "Thank u, next."

During this weekend's "SNL" broadcast, Davidson addressed the split – and Grande's song – on "Weekend Update."

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"I know that 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 OK," Davidson said. "She's a wonderful, strong person, and I genuinely wish her all the happiness in the world."

Moments later, he joked: "I'm still a great song, though."

>> Watch the clip here


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Ariana Grande releases new single before 'SNL'; Pete Davidson talks split

Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images for MTV

Ariana Grande releases new single before 'SNL'; Pete Davidson talks split

Pete Davidson and Ariana Grande attends the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall on Aug. 20, 2018, in New York City.

Ariana Grande, Pete Davidson call it quits, reports say wedding is off

Pop star Ariana Grande and fiancé Pete Davidson have called it quits, according to news reports.

>> Read more trending news 

Grande and the “Saturday Night Live” cast member were dating just a short time when they announced their engagement last May.

Both TMZ and People magazine are reporting that the singer and Davidson decided to end their engagement.

It’s unclear why at this point because neither has issued a statement on what happened, but TMZ is reporting that the decision was mutual and that both “felt the timing wasn’t right.”

Grande, 25, still has pictures of Davidson, 24, posted on her social media accounts, but his accounts are now inactive.

>> Related: Ariana Grande stepping away from public eye 'to heal and mend'

The split follows the death of Grande’s former boyfriend, musician Mac Miller, in a reported drug overdoes last month.

Ariana Grande announces 'Sweetener World Tour'

After canceling some appearances and taking some time away from the public eye, Ariana Grande is going on a world tour.

The singer announced the “Sweetener World Tour” on Twitter Thursday afternoon.

The 42-date tour starts in Albany, New York, March 18. American Express cardholders can access presale tickets Nov. 1-3.

Billboard reported that more information on general public tickets will come at a later date.

>> Read more trending news 

The “Sweetener World Tour,” in support of Grande’s latest album of the same name, comes at a time when the singer said she is emotionally ready to get back on the road. In May 2017, 22 people were killed in a bombing after her Manchester Arena concert. Grande has said she’s had more issues with her anxiety since the attack. 

“Sweetener” is her first album since the bombing.

The North American dates for the “Sweetener World Tour” are below. More information is at

March 18: Albany, New York, at Times Union CenterMarch 20: Boston at TD GardenMarch 22: Buffalo, New York, at KeyBank CenterMarch 25: Washington, D.C., at Capitol One ArenaMarch 26: Philadelphia at Wells Fargo CenterMarch 28: Cleveland at Quicken Loans ArenaMarch 30: Uncasville, Connecticut, at Mohegan Sun ArenaApril 1: Montreal at Bell CentreApril 3: Toronto at Scotiabank ArenaApril 5: Detroit at Little Caesars ArenaApril 7: Chicago at United CenterApril 10: Columbus, Ohio, at Schottenstein CenterApril 12: Indianapolis at Bankers Life FieldhouseApril 13: St. Louis at Enterprise CenterApril 15: Milwaukee at Fiserv ForumApril 17: St. Paul, Minnesota, at Xcel Energy CenterApril 18: Omaha, Nebraska, at CHI Health CenterApril 20: Denver at Pepsi CenterApril 22: Salt Lake City at Vivint Smart Home ArenaApril 25: Edmonton, Alberta, at Rogers PlaceApril 27: Vancouver, British Columbia, at Rogers ArenaApril 30: Portland, Oregon, at Moda CenterMay 2: San Jose, California, at SAP CenterMay 3: Sacramento, California, at Golden 1 CenterMay 6: Los Angeles at Staples CenterMay 10: Los Angeles at The ForumMay 14: Phoenix at Talking Stick Resort ArenaMay 17: San Antonio at AT&T CenterMay 19: Houston at Toyota CenterMay 21: Dallas at American Airlines CenterMay 23: Oklahoma City at Chesapeake Energy ArenaMay 25: New Orleans at Smoothie King CenterMay 28: Tampa, Florida, at Amalie ArenaMay 29: Orlando, Florida, at Amway CenterMay 31: Miami at American Airlines ArenaJune 4: Raleigh, North Carolina, at PNC ArenaJune 7: Nashville, Tennessee, at Bridgestone ArenaJune 8: Atlanta at State Farm ArenaJune 10: Charlotte, North Carolina, at Spectrum CenterJune 12: Pittsburgh at PPG Paints ArenaJune 14: New York at Barclays CenterJune 18 - New York at Madison Square Garden