We’d say, “it’s finally here!” but we actually haven’t had to wait that long for Ariana Grande‘s latest album. After dropping Sweetener, her fourth studio album, back in August 2018, fans only had to wait a handful of months before she recorded and released “Thank U, Next” following her breakup with Pete Davidson. And after the iconic music video premiered at the end of November 2018, it was only a few more weeks before fans were jamming to “Imagine” on December 14 and “7 Rings” on January 18. And as of midnight on Friday, February 8, she’s got another music video to share — as well as a whole new Thank U, Next album.
The music video is for “Break Up With Your Girlfriend, I’m Bored” and it stars Riverdale‘s Charles Melton looking like a straight-up snack. Oh yeah, and there’s also a bit of a twist. Despite pre-album speculation that the song was about Ariana getting ex Big Sean to break up with his girlfriend Jhené Aiko, turns out Ariana ends up with a girl.
“‘Break Up With Your Girlfriend, I’m Bored’ was not what I was expecting. I really thought Ari was tryna bag someone’s man. Instead, she was out her scouting for a lady friend. Okay bisexual Queen! Break those social barriers down. #thankunext” one person tweeted. Another wrote, “So like she meannt break up with your gf so that she would date the girl?????? her mindddddd.”
The rest of the album features songs like “Needy,” “Fake Smile,” and “NASA,” a track that already sparked plenty of controversy based on the song’s name alone. “Yo, I promise we did not write a whole song about this mans [sic] shirt. Promise,” songwriter Victoria Monét insisted after fans theorized that it might be about Pete. The comedian had been spotted in NASA apparel on more than one occasion — and considering how his breakup with the songstress featured into “Thank U, Next,” it’s not a stretch to think that part of Ari’s life might have inspired more of her new music.
But new tunes isn’t the only thing Ari is giving fans. On Thursday, February 7, she also gifted her Twitter followers with some of her trademark sass as she slammed a Grammy Awards producer for “lying” about her not being able to pull together a performance in time for the show. “I’ve kept my mouth shut, but now you’re lying about me,” she clapped back as she explained why she wouldn’t be taking the stage. “I can pull together a performance overnight, and you know that, Ken. It was when my creativity & self-expression was stifled by you that I decided not to attend. I hope the show is exactly what you want it to be and more.”
The singer shared that she was not interested in “playing games” in order to be part of the show. “That’s not what music is to me,” she said simply. Luckily, she moved on quickly, focusing instead on the new tunes she was excited to release later that night. And now, we all get to enjoy them with her.