All the heartbreaking references to Mac Miller in Ariana Grande’s Thank U Next

Ariana Grande dropped her much anticipated album Thank U, Next on Friday, and as always with her music it’s packed full of references to her personal life.

Following the tragic and untimely death of her ex boyfriend Mac Miller in September last year, aged just 26, Ariana has already paid tribute to the rapper with several emotional posts on Instagram.

The singer recently admitted it had been “one of the best years in my career and one of, like, the worst years in my life”, telling fans that she often uses her music therapeutically, to “express [herself] and heal”.

So it’s no surprise that she continued to honour her late boyfriend of two years with her latest album, packing the songs full of references to the Self Care hit-maker and their passionate relationship.

Here’s a full list of all the references to Mac in Ariana’s new album…

Thank U, Next

Mega-hit Thank U, Next features the most obvious reference to Mac Miller, as like Big Sean, Ricky and Pete Davidson, he’s mentioned by name.

Using Mac’s proper name, Malcolm McCormick, she pays a heartbreaking tribute to the star as she sings: “Wish I could say thank you to Malcolm, cause he was an angel”.

Her references continue throughout the song, albeit slightly more subtly.

She sings: “One taught me love, one taught me patience, one taught me pain…,” and while Ari has never confirmed which ex each lyric is referring to, many fans have assumed that the “pain” may have been as a result of Mac’s death.


Ariana’s “terrifyingly personal” song Imagine is also powerfully linked to the Fight The Feeling rapper.

Ariana told fans at the time of its release that the song was about “pretending it never ended” and “denial”.

She later added that it was it was about a “simple, beautiful love that it now (and forever) unattainable”,” a confession particularly poignant in the wake of Mac’s death.

Most notably, the title is evidently in honour of Mac, who had ‘Imagine’ tattooed on his arm.

Upon closer inspection, the lyrics could also relate to their relationship, after the rapper famously claimed he was surprised that Ari was interested in him when they were dating.

In his 2016 song Cinderella, he rapped: “You used to tell me all the time I aint your type.”

And seemingly in response, Ariana’s Imagine lyrics sing: “I never thought it would be you.”

Further linking the song to Mac, fans also noticed that the whistling at the end of the song even sounds strikingly similar to the whistles in the The Way – the song the couple shared together.

7 Rings

While Mac doesn’t come up as obviously in Ariana’s sassy track 7 Rings – which inspired her awkward tattoo fail – she speaks out honestly about dealing with her grief.

The lyrics read: “Been through some bad s**t, I should be a sad b*tch. Who woulda thought it’d turn me to a savage?”

While the “bad s**t” is likely in reference to the Manchester bomb attack at her concert in 2017, among other heartache in her life, there’s no doubt that Mac’s …read more

Source:: Daily times


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