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Ariana Grande's rollercoaster year

by Courtney Deeran - Copy Editor
Tue, Nov 13th 2018 08:00 pm
God what a year Ariana Grande has been through in just a short amount of time. Dealing with a major bombing in one of her concerts, to the death of ex boyfriend Mac Miller. Despite the whirlwind of a year, the artist is now focusing on herself and getting back to the music.
God what a year Ariana Grande has been through in just a short amount of time. Dealing with a major bombing in one of her concerts, to the death of ex boyfriend Mac Miller. Despite the whirlwind of a year, the artist is now focusing on herself and getting back to the music.

 

Ariana Grande has been having a tough go of things for a while. It all started in May 2017 when a bombing occurred at her concert in Manchester, United Kingdom. 22 people were killed as a result of this suicide bombing and Grande was extremely affected by the incident. According to CNN, the singer reported having Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) because of the bombing. Understandably, this event would have lasting impacts on all in attendance, including Grande.

In July of the following year Grande was featured on the cover of British Vogue where she discussed her upcoming album Sweetener. During the interview with Giles Hattersley, Grande takes the opportunity to also discuss her anxiety, particularly following the Manchester bombing, and how she coped.

"My anxiety has anxiety… I've always had anxiety. I've never really spoken about it

because I thought everyone had it, but when I got home from tour it was the most severe I think it's ever been."

The pop singer also told Hattersley that people thought she was crazy for running right back into the studio as soon as the tour ended. But she used her music as an outlet and a way to cope with the anxiety and PTSD she was facing.

In the year following the Manchester bombing her relationship with then boyfriend, Mac Miller, seemed to strengthen before finally ending in May, 2018. Miller could be seen embracing Grande and comforting her after the bombing and he even cancelled some festival appearances to be there for her during her tour, according to Billboard. However, in May 2018 Grande took to Instagram to officially report that the two had gone their separate ways saying; "Unconditional love is not selfish. It is wanting the best for someone even if at the moment, it's not you."

A little over a week after her split from Miller, reports broke that Grande was dating Pete Davidson, according to Insider. Not long after the beginning of their relationship, Grande spoke on the toxicity of her relationship with Miller, saying she wasn’t a “babysitter” or a “mother” and “no woman should have to be.” Later on in the month, Davidson posted a photo on Instagram that confirmed what fans had suspected all along, and in the beginning of June, Grande was already donning a diamond engagement ring amidst criticism that the engagement happened too quickly.

Nearly three months after her engagement, news broke that Miller had died due to a possible overdose. According to the official toxicology report, published on Radar, Miller had a deadly mix of fentanyl, cocaine and ethanol in his system which lead to his death being ruled an accidental overdose. Grande’s reaction was one of heartbreak. She shared regret over not being able to help him get over his addiction saying, "I'm so sorry I couldn't fix or take your pain away. I really wanted to," according to TMZ.

Following the difficult few weeks after learning of Miller’s death, Grande and Davidson decided to break things off. Sources for the pop star say it was “too much too soon.” Almost immediately Grande began deleting photos of her and Davidson from her social media platforms. It seems Grande is turning, again, to music to cope with the tragic losses and huge changes in her life as of late.

If the past is any indicator of the future, we can be sure that Grande is on the rise, and out of this tragedy will be born a top selling album including some heartfelt songs about Miller and her broken engagement. Much like the way she bounced back from the Manchester bombing with “No Tears Left to Cry.” Many fans can’t wait to see what comes next for the singer.