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Did Ariana Grande Shade Pete Davidson With Her Grammys Performance?

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By Joe Allen

During Sunday night's Grammys, Ariana Grande performed a medley of hits from her 2019 album "thank u, next." Now, some fans think she may have used that performance to shade her ex Pete Davidson.

This speculation is rooted in the end of Grande's performance, when she takes off her engagement ring and puts it in a box, shaking her head as she does it. That moment came at the end of "thank u, next," which references Davidson and Grande's other former beaus.

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Although Grande has been in plenty of relationships, the only time she was ever engaged was in her relationship with Davidson. Therefore, most people naturally assumed that the gesture was a pointed bit of shade designed specifically for the "Saturday Night Live" star.

Grande's relationship with Davidson was fast and furious. The two began dating in May of 2018, and were engaged just a month later, in June of that year. By October, the two had broken up for good.

Giphy | 2019 MTV Video Music Awards

Grande moved to New York City just before she started dating Davidson. In an interview with Vogue, Grande explained how the two fell in and out of love so quickly. "My friends were like, 'Come! We’re gonna have a fun summer,'" she said of the move, which she made just after breaking up with Mac Miler. "And then I met Pete, and it was an amazing distraction. It was frivolous and fun and insane and highly unrealistic, and I loved him, and I didn't know him."

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"I'm like an infant when it comes to real life and this old soul, been-around-the-block-a-million-times artist. I still don't trust myself with the life stuff," Grande continued.

In that interview, Grande also discussed how her relationship with Davidson and her grief over Mac Miller's death had fed into her latest album. "If I'm completely honest, I don't remember those months of my life because I was (a) so drunk and (b) so sad," she said of her time making the album.

Ariana Grande performing on stage
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"I don't really remember how it started or how it finished, or how all of a sudden there were 10 songs on the board," she continued. "I think that this is the first album and also the first year of my life where I'm realizing that I can no longer put off spending time with myself, just as me. I've been boo'd up my entire adult life. I've always had someone to say goodnight to. So thank u, next was this moment of self-realization. It was this scary moment of 'Wow, you have to face all this stuff now. No more distractions. You have to heal all this s—.'"

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