There are few things as exciting as when our favorite pop stars stan our other favorite pop stars. When they cover each other’s songs, that is true pop sisterhood. During a recent performance at BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge, sad girl queen Lana Del Rey covered pop princess Ariana Grande’s “Break Up with Your Girlfriend, I’m Bored,” off Grande’s album Thank U, Next. This seismic event caused a reaction potentially more powerful than climate change, increasing gay energy levels across the globe by at least 69 percent, according to calculations.
Del Rey, straddling an office chair and reading the lyrics off her phone (which is honestly how all of Lana’s performances should happen), transformed the bratty radio hit into the kind of sleepy, sighing slow burner that is her trademark. Del Rey turns Grande’s “yuhs” into breathy “yeah yeahs,” giving the track her ubiquitously valium-soaked, California nonchalance. Rather than completely reworking the song the way she did with Sublime’s “Doin’ Time” on her new album Norman Fucking Rockwell, Del Rey has instead created the perfect mashup of her and Grande’s styles — if only she’d worn a high ponytail!
Del Rey might have been inspired to cover Grande’s track after working with her on a song for the upcoming Charlie’s Angels reboot. Grande has also executive produced the film’s soundtrack. The two gay favorites will be joined on “Don’t Call Me Angel” by none other than Miley Cyrus, meaning the video — which has already been filmed — may actually break the internet when it’s released on September 13.