In today’s least surprising news, Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson have called off their engagement and broken up. According to TMZ, the couple made the decision this weekend and after agreeing that "it simply was not the right time for their relationship to take off."
"We're told the two still have love for each other, but things are over romantically," TMZ added. A source close to Grande reportedly told PEOPLE, “It was way too much too soon. It’s not shocking to anyone.”
Grande and Davidson have seemingly not ruled a reconciliation in the future. The couple began dating in May soon after Grande ended her relationship with Mac Miller, and Davidson broke up with Cazzie David. The death of Miller last month of an apparent overdose had reportedly weighed heavily on Grande.
Davidson told GQ’s Allie Jones, "The day I met her, I was like, 'Hey, I'll marry you tomorrow. She was calling my bluff. I sent her a picture [of engagement rings]. I was like, 'Do you like any of these?' She was like, 'Those are my favorite ones,' and I was like, 'Sick.'"
The couple also got several tattoos celebrating their whirlwind romance. The pair shared endless pics on Instagram of their blossoming relationship over the past few months, but over the weekend, Davidson deleted his account, apparently wanting to distance himself from the drama.
On June 2, Grande debuted her engagement ring., which reportedly cost $93,000 and took two weeks to create especially for the singer. The couple’s engagement was officially confirmed, as if there was any doubt, a week later by Grande on Twitter.
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i adored you from the day i met you when i was nineteen and i always will. i can’t believe you aren’t here anymore. i really can’t wrap my head around it. we talked about this. so many times. i’m so mad, i’m so sad i don’t know what to do. you were my dearest friend. for so long. above anything else. i’m so sorry i couldn’t fix or take your pain away. i really wanted to. the kindest, sweetest soul with demons he never deserved. i hope you’re okay now. rest.
Sources close to the couple says that the break-up is a result of Grande’s difficulty in coping with Miller’s death. Though she reportedly doesn’t blame herself since she believes she did everything she could to help Miller, his death has left her emotionally shattered.
Also, the past year and a half has not been easy for the singer. Following a May 22, 2017 concert at the Manchester Arena in the UK, an Islamic terrorist detonated a shrapnel-laden suicide bomb as people were exiting the venue, killing 22 people and wounding 139, more than half of whom were children.
Grande responded to the terrorist attack by organizing the One Love Manchester benefit concert on June 4. The concert was attended by 55,000 people and featured performances by Justin Bieber, the Black Eyed Peas, Coldplay, Miley Cyrus, Marcus Mumford, Niall Horan, Katy Perry, Take That, Pharrell Williams, Robbie Williams and Liam Gallagher, among others.
The singer was reportedly heartbroken by the attack, tweeting "broken. from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don't have words," a few hours after the concert. The tweet was briefly the most-liked tweet in history. Afterward, Grande suspended her tour and flew to her mom's home in Boca Raton, Florida.
Grande showed up for this Saturday’s taping of Saturday Night Live, so it assumed the couple was still together then. The couple’s break-up is certainly a cautionary tale for the kids. To quote one of Grande’s biggest influences, Mariah Carey, “Love takes time.”