Ariana Grande's last album, sweetener, isn't even three months old and she's already moving on. Her philosophy on ditching the traditional two-to-four-years-between-albums timeline: "i’m gonna jus keep creating and putting stuff out as i please. it feels good to my soul and i love keeping the kids fed."
Consider me fortified because "thank u, next," the first single off her upcoming album, is a laid-back, feel-good earworm that schools listeners on how to think about our exes. Instead of being bitter, thank them for their time and whatever they taught you, and move onto the next!
And since you're wondering, yes, there is a mention of Pete Davidson: "Almost got married, and for Pete I'm so thankful."
And Big Sean: "Thought I'd end up with Sean, but he wasn't a match."
And that dude Ricky of the donut-licking surveillance footage: "Wrote some songs about Ricky, now I listen and laugh."
But the most noteworthy—and heartbreaking—shoutout goes out to the recently departed Mac Miller: "Wish I could say thank you to Malcolm 'cause he was an angel."
The song eventually becomes about self-love, but Ariana's infamous lack of enunciation had many fans, myself included, thinking she was coming out as bisexual (her nickname "Ari" sounds like "Aubrey" in the line "This one gon' last 'cause her name is Ari...she taught me love").
Maybe she's saving her coming out statement for the next single, which could be dropping any minute now for all we know. Until then, bop to "thank u, next" (but beware of the feels convincing you it's a good idea to text your exes).