On Monday, Oct. 29, NBC aired its pre-recorded Wicked special — which marked Ariana Grande‘s first performance since her split from Pete Davidson. The 24-year-old gave her rendition of “The Wizard and I” to honor the 15th anniversary of the musical, and obv, she nailed it. It was so good, in fact, that the audience couldn’t contain the waterworks.
“Hi. It’s me. Crying in a ball at the gym from watching
#Wickedhalloween,” one person tweeted. Another added, “Brb crying after that performance @ArianaGrande #Wicked15,” and a third chimed in, “I’m crying! @WICKED_Musical Go @ArianaGrande !!! Living out her childhood dream and KILLING it rn #AWickedHalloweenParty #15thAnniversary.” A fourth even called her an “angel.” They wrote, “I’m not crying, you are. I’m so proud of this angel. omg @ArianaGrande!!”
— 𝓼𝓹𝓸𝓸𝓴𝔂 𝔃𝓸𝓮𝔂 🎃 (@everydayzoey) October 30, 2018
The pop star has had a difficult few weeks, to say the least. Her ex-boyfriend, Mac Miller, died from an apparent drug overdose last month, which seemingly caused her engagement to crumble. According to a recent report, the rapper’s tragic death may have been a possible explanation for the pair’s breakup.
“[Pete’s] sad. He’s really sad about this split, and he only wishes the best for Ariana, but their relationship was really complicated with the passing of Mac Miller,” an insider close to the SNL star revealed to Us Weekly. “It put a tremendous amount of strain on their relationship.”
Now, while Ariana has been “burying herself in work” to cope with the split, Pete has canceled several performances and even reportedly changed his number “to distance himself” from his former fiancée. “He decided to focus on himself. He’s had the matching tattoo that he got with her changed,” one source revealed to Us Weekly, while another added, “Currently, they are not speaking.”
Well, one thing’s for sure: Her dedication to her work has certainly paid off! Keep killin’ it, girl.