He was supportive! Earlier this month, Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson split and called off their engagement after a whirlwind five-month relationship, and while multiple sources confirmed that the fast nature of their relationship was what ultimately lead to their breakup, sources revealed to Us Weekly that the death of Ariana’s ex-boyfriend Mac Miller definitely “put a tremendous amount of strain” on their relationship — even though Pete was very supportive of his fiancée during that difficult time.
“Pete was 100 percent there for Ariana,” a source told Us Weekly. Mac and Ariana dated for two years but they split in May 2018 and just days later, Ariana was spotted out with the SNL star. The couple got engaged in June, and things seemed to be going well until September when Mac died suddenly from an apparent drug overdose — and that’s when the “Breathin” singer realized that she needed to pump the breaks on her relationship with Pete.
“She was not ready to be in a relationship and she saw that. Ariana pulled the plug, and then they decided to cool things off for a while,” the source revealed. Even though the couple did try to work things out, they “never had any set wedding plans” so there was no wedding to call off.
Meanwhile, Pete is trying to give Ari the space she needs in order to heal. Sources previously revealed to Us Weekly that Pete changed his phone number after their split, and the former couple is currently not on speaking terms.
In the weeks since their split, Pete and Ari have dealt with their heartbreak in very different ways. Pete canceled multiple scheduled standup appearances, while Ariana started working on her upcoming role in the 15th anniversary special for the musical Wicked, and she also announced dates for her upcoming Sweetener tour.