It’s been a couple weeks since Ariana Grande dropped “thank u, next,” and I’m still not really over it. The whole concept of the song is a huge power move, and it doesn’t hurt that it’s catchy AF. Since its number-one debut, the song has continued to dominate the charts, and I have a feeling it’s not done yet. After confirming the other day that there will be a music video for the song, Ariana has been dropping some teasers about the thank u, next video that have me incredibly excited. Actually, I haven’t cared this much about a music video since I was a horny teenager watching Justin Bieber dance around shirtless. I’m not proud.
Anyway, judging by the hints Ariana Grande has dropped, mostly in her Instagram stories and on Twitter, the thank u, next video is going to have four different themes, based on four iconic movies about female friendship. This makes sense, after her Ellen performance of the song was First Wives Club themed. Each day, Ari has been teasing a different movie theme on her story, and we’re getting closer to having the full picture. Here’s what we know so far.
nah u got it ????
— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) November 20, 2018
The first movie Ariana started referencing was Mean Girls. Actually, all of the promo for “thank u, next,” looks a lot like the burn book, so this theme really makes sense. She posted some stills from the movie that made it pretty obvious, and then she posted a bunch of pictures with her best friends Alexia Luria and Courtney Chipolone, who are presumable the Plastics in the video. Honestly, this was only 25% of the tea but I was already 100% excited.
meet the plastics ???? pic.twitter.com/G7UL2gZqDT
— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) November 19, 2018
After Mean Girls came Legally Blonde. Ugh. Another classic movie that fits in perfectly with the theme of females teaming up to screw over some douchey men. Ariana, you’re doing amazing sweetie!! Ariana posted some more screenshots, along with a couple photos from the video shoot that are already iconic. In one, she’s on an elliptical with the famous orange MacBook from the early 2000s, and in the other she’s posing with Jennifer Coolidge, who played Paulette in the movie. You guys, I’m so excited.
‘whoever said orange was the new pink was seriously disturbed’ pic.twitter.com/KUgl6vwHIn
— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) November 20, 2018
Today is day three of teasing the movies, and someone correctly guessed that the third one is 13 Going On 30. Wow, perfect. I stand firmly by my opinion that 13 Going On 30 is one of the best romantic comedies ever made, so I’m obviously very happy about this. I guess the most important question is, was the short hair photo we saw a few days ago real, or was it just for the video? I won’t be able to sleep until I know the answer!
So keep your eyes peeled to Ariana’s social media on Wednesday for the last 25% of the thank u, next video tea, because it’s sure to be amazing. Also, no, it’s not going to be Clueless, because Ariana already debunked that theory on her Twitter. Somewhere, Iggy Azalea is breathing a sigh of relief that Ariana isn’t stealing the last shred of cultural relevance she still has.
There’s no word yet on when the thank u, next video will be released, but it looks like it was just shot a few days ago, so it might take a couple weeks. Or maybe it’ll be out by the time you read this, because honestly who knows. Either way, I’m very excited, because this is going to be the video of the year.
Images: @ArianaGrande / Twitter (3)
Sad news for, well, everyone. Rapper Mac Miller died today at the age of 26 in an apparent overdose, TMZ reports. Authorities responded to a 911 call from a male friend at Miller’s home in Los Angeles today and Miller was pronounced dead at the scene. His most recent album, Swimming, was released just last month.
Those who have followed Miller’s career will know the rapper struggled publicly with addiction and spoke candidly about his substance abuse issues. In May, Miller was arrested for a DUI after he hit a light pole with his car. Miller spoke about the incident with Beats 1 host Zane Low back in July.
“I made a stupid mistake. I’m a human being. Like, I drove home drunk. But it was the best thing that could have happened…I needed that. I needed to run into that light pole and literally like, have the whole thing stop.”
Sadly, addiction recovery is not an easy road and Miller is just one of the many people every year lost to substance abuse. If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Helpline can be the first stop on the journey to recovery. Call them at 1-800-487-4889.
Guys, do we have another Britney and K-Fed situation on our hands? As much as I love Ariana Grande, I’m seriously starting to wonder if she’s okay. On Monday, news broke that Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson are engaged after less than a month of dating. That’s like, Khloé and Lamar levels of fast, and we all know how great that ended up. Group texts around the world went off as the shocking news spread, and everyone basically had the same reaction: um, what the fuck?
Since debuting their relationship publicly just a couple weeks ago, Pete and Ariana have been very high-key about each other. They’ve both been all over Instagram with grainy pics and videos of each other (okay, why do famous people love videos that look like they were taken on a ’90s camcorder?), and now it seems like they’re really going for it. Good for them, I guess? Nope, I tried, and I just can’t feel good about this. Pete’s Ariana tattoos freak me the fuck out, and I can’t help but feel like this is bound to go horribly wrong. My therapist told me I need to stop taking getting involved in other people’s problems, but today is not the fucking day.
What makes the fact that (reportedly) Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson are engaged even crazier is that they were both just in serious relationships A LITTLE MORE THAN A MONTH AGO. Ariana recently split with her longtime boyfriend Mac Miller, a white rapper we only sort of like because he has a song called “Fuck Donald Trump.” Pete, meanwhile, recently dumped Cazzie David (not Cassie, thank you very much, autocorrect), who is most famous for being Larry David’s daughter. They were like a young comedy It Couple, and a lot of people suddenly seem very concerned about whether she’ll be okay. If this deliciously shady Instagram post is any indication, I think she’ll be fine.
So like, what the fuck is going on with Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson? Are they okay? Are they headed for public mental breakdowns that we won’t be able to look away from? This engagement is fucking frying my mind, you guys. They haven’t technically confirmed the engagement yet, but there are signs on social media that it’s very likely the real deal. First of all, yesterday was Ariana’s mom’s birthday, so we got some lovely social media tributes. Most importantly, Ariana’s brother Frankie—who you might know because he’s the literal definition of extra—posted a photo where it looks like Ariana is wearing an engagement ring. Idk how much being on SNL pays, but clearly it’s enough for a nice rock.
Thank God Instagram lets you zoom now, because I’ve never been so invested in a photo of a Polaroid of a mother and her two children. But wait, there’s more. Along with the highly suspect jewelry, Ariana loves posting cryptic messages on Twitter between lots of tweets that are just like ” i love u guys sm ily,” and she was in rare form after the engagement news broke. Obviously her psycho fans were tweeting her about it, and her response to one of them definitely implies that she’s getting married to Pete. Wow.
“HE’S BEEN BRIEFED.” ARI NOOOOOOO. Seriously, is this a publicity stunt? Is this a real-life fucking publicity stunt? Ariana Grande has done some weird things in the past, but she’s never done anything quite this questionable. Just a year ago, she was busy being a warrior goddess after there was a bombing at her concert, and now she’s gonna marry some guy she’s been dating for less time than I’ve hoarded cups in my room?? Sweetie, there’s so much more out there in the world!
Another interesting question is whether they could have been secretly seeing each other while they were in relationships with other people, because that’s maybe the only scenario in which I could fathom getting engaged to someone you’ve been officially dating for LESS THAN A MONTH. Personally, I think this is unlikely, but I guess you never know. Ariana and Pete definitely would have known each other from when she went on SNL, but it would be pretty bold to have a secret romance while you’re both publicly dating other famous people. To me, this just seems like a textbook obnoxious whirlwind romance, which either means they’ll be broken up by Christmas, or they’re gonna be married for 50 years. It can really only go one of those two ways.
I won’t pretend to know what’s going to happen with these two crazy kids, but I can tell you that my blood pressure has never been higher.
Images: @arianagrande / Instagram; @cazziedavid / Instagram; @frankiejgrande / Instagram; @ArianaGrande / Twitter