Why Everyone’s Talking About Ariana Grande’s New Boyfriend Pete Davidson
Out with the ponytail, in with the skinny comedian?
Ariana Grande has been making some positive changes in her life after last summer's devastating suicide bomber attack in Manchester during her Dangerous Woman Tour stop, which claimed the lives of 22 of her fans. But following a difficult recovery, she's got a new single and a new man.
Grande's first hit following the attack, “No Tears Left to Cry,” has broken records, and it’s even been approved by some of the toughest pop music critics: the gays. In fact, she recently said it herself.
And then there's Pete Davidson, also 24. The Staten Island-born Saturday Night Live comedian and actor is now the main beau in Grande’s life, a fact that made headlines in May to the surprise of many. (Grande and Davidson first met in March 2016, when she appeared on SNL).
So, who is this guy?
Davidson is known for his jokes, yes, but also for his relationship with marijuana and mental health. Last year, he returned to Instagram after a break from SNL to explain where he’d been, writing that he “quit drugs and [is] happy and sober for the first time in eight years,” citing his friends and girlfriend at the time, Cazzie David (daughter of Larry David), as the reason for his recovery. He had previously discussed his use of medical marijuana to ail his Crohn's disease. Several months later, he explained he’d been abusing pot, and revealed a diagnosis for borderline personality disorder, calling 2017 a “f—ing nightmare.”
Wait, when did they each break up with their exes?
When headlines broke that Grande and Davidson were getting flirty, fans scratched their heads. That same month, Grande and ex boyfriend Mac Miller amicably called it quits. Rumor has it that their love story came to an end right after Coachella in April, and Grande finally addressed the situation in early May, calling Miller one of her “best friends.”
Some fans quickly attacked Grande on social media, blaming her for moving on too quickly, and insinuating that she was the reason for Miller’s recent D.U.I. He had several issues of his own, apparently. She wasn’t having any of it, and quickly separated herself from the situation, knocking down a Twitter troll.
Tell me more about Cazzie David.
In the middle of this drama, and before Grande and Davidson made things #official, the comedian happened to breakup with David, his girlfriend of two years. Davidson called David a “very talented girl” and said that indeed, they weren’t “together anymore.” No word on how exactly their relationship came to an end, but in May, David posted a photo with her ex along with the caption “bffs.”
Davidson came under fire as well, as some Arianators suggested Grande should stay away from the SNL star because of his mental health. He clapped back, and shared a message explaining why it’s unfair to “stigmatize” people grappling with mental health concerns.
As this all happened, tabloids reported that Grande and Davidson were hanging out, at after-parties at fancy N.Y.C. restaurants and backstage at the Billboard Music Awards. By the end of the month, it was confirmed that they were in fact together, and each of them went public on Instagram.
This is where we are now: Grande and Davidson are pretty head-over-heels in L-O-V-E, and they’re each regularly posting about the other on Instagram. Over the weekend, Davidson practically lost his s— over Grande’s Wango Tango performance, calling it "lit." Grande has, of course, posted cute couple shots on her ‘gram, and even supported him at a recent stand-up comedy show of his. Aw!
What's this about tattoos?
If that weren’t extra AF, Davidson proceeded to get two (yes, TWO) tattoos in honor of Grande. First, he inked the back of his ear with the bunny ears she wore during her Dangerous Woman era, and it’s been reported that he also marked his hand with her initials. So we guess it really is love?
The relationship is making headlines for many reasons. Grande has previously been linked to too-cool-to-care rappers like Mac Miller and Big Sean, and she obviously is in the midst of a promotional tour thanks to her new music. There’s the fact that Davidson is popularly known for his deadpan comedy, less so for a history of wooing pop stars. They each were in committed relationships the month rumors swirled about their hookups, and then they each broke up with someone—at least it appears that way—to be with the other.
Our point? 2018 will be the year of Grande and Davidson, and we can expect the drama and the love story to continue unfolding. Two days ago, Davidson’s ex-girlfriend David charmed many when she appeared out of the blue on Instagram, posting a photo of herself captioned, “Been in Africa, what’d I miss??” Some called it shade, while celebrities like Lorde and Amy Schumer lived for it. Shrug.
Will it last?
According to astrology.com, the Grande-Davidson romance isn’t going anywhere soon. Grande is a Cancer, he’s a Scorpio, and their horoscope compatibility is pretty intense. “Signs such as these often combine well, each partner’s strengths balancing the other’s weaknesses,” the website says. “These signs feel a strong sexual attraction, and when they are together the temperature in the room tends to rise! Cancer and Scorpio have a great deal in common, and much potential to keep their relationship passionate and going strong.”
There is, naturally, a warning sign: “Once this couple have a common wish, it will come true. However, if their opinions clash, look out!”
After just one month of dating, Davidson and Grande decided to take their relationship to the next level.
Once the exciting news that they're engaged broke, the singer responded to the news on Twitter. "i love u sm ok bye," she wrote on Twitter interspersed with a lot of see-no-evil monkey emojis.
“It’s a recent engagement. They’re just two people who found love quickly and make each other happy all the time. They both started talking about it this past weekend. It’s nothing they’ve been hiding," a source close to the couple told People.