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In a recent interview on Zach Sang Show, Ariana Grande revealed that she had prepared backup versions of her No. 1 hit single thank u, next in the wake of her split from ex-fiancé Pete Davidson. During the conversation, the pop star also explained how nervous she was to name her exes on the track because she’s “super shy.”

“In my relationship at the time, things were like up and down and on and off, and so I didn’t know what was going to happen and then we got back together,” she said. “So I had to make a different version of it, and then we broke up again, so we ended up going with that verse. There’s a version where I was getting married, there’s a version where I’m not getting married, there’s a version with nothing. We’re not talking about anything, but we all knew that the first version was gonna be the version we ultimately went with.”

Back in January when we interviewed Grande’s co-writer, Victoria Monét, she disclosed that one of the lyrics for a different version of the record-breaking song was “I’m about to get married, for Pete I’m so thankful.” However, they immediately flipped the script after he joked about the breakup in a skit on Saturday Night Live where he fake proposed to musician Maggie Rogers the following month. A few days later, Grande tweeted “thank u, next” in retaliation and the rest is history.

Grande and Davidson’s relationship officially terminated in October 2018. Watch the full interview above and revisit our review of thank u, next.

Words by Sydney Gore
Associate Music Editor

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