You know Sean, Pete, and Malcolm, but if you’ve given Ariana Grande’s new song, “Thank U, Next,” a listen or two, you may be thinking about some of the artist’s exes that didn’t merit a mention. Of course, Pete Davidson is the guy who steals the spotlight, but anyone who’s followed Ari and her love life can recall about Malcolm, aka Mac Miller, and maybe even Ricky, the guy who facilitated Donut Gate. In case you need a reminder, here are the exes that she’s broken free from.
Alvarez was one of Grande’s backup dancers. While most remember him for being involved with the whole donut-licking situation, he did get a mention on a past song, Moonlight, off her album Dangerous Woman. A source told People, “He waited to kiss her for a long time, and she was really impressed. He’s such a gentleman, and the song is a great little bookmark of the start of their relationship.”
Back in 2012, two twin-brother Aussie pranksters (who called themselves the Janoskians) challenged each other to see which one could win Grande’s affections. Well, it worked. Grande and Jai Brooks were together for two years after he caught her attention on social media. Using Twitter and a video explaining why they should date, he managed to best his brother’s efforts.
As a member of The Wanted, Nathan Sykes managed to catch Grande’s eye when they worked together on a duet. She told People that she’d spotted him early in her career, when they were on the same red carpet. The two confirmed the relationship in 2014 via Twitter, but it wasn’t meant to be. After five months, the spark fizzled out, though the two are still close.
Way, way back, before the Top 40 hits and the Nickelodeon gig, Grande and Graham Phillips starred alongside each other in 13: The Musical. The stage chemistry translated to real life, because Grande and Phillips (who went on to star on The Good Wife). The two split up after three years of dating.