Ariana Grande is currently basking in the glow of praise from her recent “Thank U, Next” video, which broke YouTube records with 55.4 million views in its first 24 hours. (Full disclosure: 55.3 million of those views were by the OUT staff.)
It’s an iconic song that flips the usual breakup narrative on its head: It’s about empowerment, but not through the typical diva’s revenge. She sings about learning from a broken heart, and she literally thanks her exes in the title.
So, why are there so many mean-spirited attacks around such a beautiful piece of art?
It appears one of the aforementioned exes is facing the wrath of Ariana stans. Pete Davidson recently posted a sobering Notes screenshot to Instagram. In it, he opened up about the bullying he’s faced since the breakup, as well as his experience with borderline personality disorder and suicidal tendencies.
“I’ve been getting online bullied and in public by people for nine months,” he wrote. “No matter how hard the internet or anyone tries to make me kill myself, I won’t.”
Grande told Billboard that she sent the song to Davidson before releasing it, so she wouldn’t “blindside” anybody. Grande is now asking fans to lay off Davidson. The singer posted to her Instagram story, reminding her fans to be kinder to others.
“I really don’t endorse anything but forgiveness and positivity,” she wrote. “I care deeply about Pete and his health. I’m asking you to please be gentler with others, even on the internet.”