Can you believe it’s been a whole 365 days since Ariana Grande dropped the iconic breakup anthem that is ‘Thank U Next’? It feels like just yesterday. And while it’s been a legendary song leading to what is arguably Ariana’s best album and had an impact on pop culture (seriously, if we had a dollar for every time someone said those three words this past year, we’d be able to relate to the lyrics on ‘7 Rings’), it also was a super important for Ariana to write and release.
We all know that Ari has had a challenging past few years – from the tragedy of Manchester to losing Mac Miller and her whirlwind of a relationship with Pete Davidson, Ariana has had a lot to deal with and it’s undeniably had an impact on her mental health. The song was the lead single off her fifth studio album of the same name, which she wrote and finished in such a short amount of time after releasing her Grammy Award-winning album, ‘Sweetener’, which she wrote with her friends including Victoria Monét, Tayla Parx, and Social House duo, Michael “Mikey” Foster and Charles “Scootie” Anderson.
“I made it with my best friends over the course of a really small period of time, and it kind of saved my life,” says Miss Grande about the album while speaking on ‘The Zach Sang Show’ back in February.
“It turned everything around in my life. It sounds really corny, but it was the most beautiful, I don’t think life has ever been as bad as it was when [we started].”
We as fans know that music is sometimes the best medicine that we can self-prescribe, and most of us feel so passionate about the artists we love and the fandoms we are in because the music has had such a positive impact on our lives. But while it’s healing for us, it’s definitely therapeutic for the artists themselves. It’s usually the dedicated fans in fandoms who remember that their faves are human, but for the wider audience of general music fans and the media, people often tend to forget that these big names are in fact human. Ariana fully acknowledges that which she mentions during her interview with Zach Sang.
“It was a big risk and a very scary thing to do because it is my life. I understand to a lot of people I’m not a real person.”
“It’s easy to kind of see me as a song or a picture or a thing that kind of exists in their head, and they know what they know and that’s it. But at the end of the day, these are people and relationships. It’s real shit to me.”
Aside from being part of a huge healing process for her mental health, Ariana takes a more positive approach in terms of dealing with breakups. We know that she is in the spotlight and while dating different people is normal for people her age, she was very much under a microscope with everyone talking about her love affairs. While most people love a juicy break-up song that details the awful experiences with their exes and sticking to the ideology that you should see exes as enemies, Ari goes in the opposite direction and thanks her former romances for helping shape who she is today.
Pop culture figures have a huge impact on society. If we see Kim Kardashian get shady, then it’s likely other people will mimic the behavior. If we see Louis Tomlinson get vocal about not taking BS off people, then fans will take on that mentality. So, for Ariana to be peaceful and accepting over her past romances, then it’s likely her fans will follow suit and do the same for their own.
It gave her fans, as well as generic pop music fans, a healthier concept to consider when they reach the breaking point of their relationships. There are music fans in the world who find excitement when the likes of Taylor Swift or Adele face a breakup in hopes that they’ll get quality content in the artist’s next project, but Ariana insisted on keeping it cute and reminding people that there doesn’t have to be an ongoing feud when that chapter in your life comes to an end.
We’re so f*cking grateful for this song! Thank u, Ari. Now we’re ready for your next endeavors as an artist.
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