During an interaction with a fan on Twitter, Ariana made it clear that like her fiancé, social media was getting to be too much and that it was time to "take a breather." She went on to say that "sometimes [you] can't help but bump into negative s--t [and] that can really bum [you] out. It's not worth it honestly."
Pete cited very similar reasons for his hiatus. Though, it was seemingly sparked after the SNL star wrote "omg what a cutie," on a post of Ariana and her late grandfather, who died of cancer in July 2014. Some of Ari's fans started blasting Pete, calling his comments "inappropriate."
The actor was taken aback by the criticism, as he responded: "Are you guys all insane? I was talking about how cute her grandpa is. What’s wrong with that? You guys will really look for anything to attack people. It's sad."
Pete did eventually clear the air via Instagram Stories after making headlines. "No, there's nothing wrong. No nothing happened. No there's nothing cryptic about anything. I just don't wanna be on Instagram anymore. Or on any social media platform," he wrote. "The Internet is an evil place and it doesn't make me feel good. Why should I spend any time on negative energy when my real life is f—king lit."
"The fact that I even have to say this proves my point. I love you all and I’m sure I’ll be back at some point. 🙂 your neighborhood goon, Pete," he concluded.
On the plus side, the couple did receive some long-awaited good feedback from Ariana's ex, Mac Miller. "It's all positive energy," he said about their whirlwind romance in a new interview with Beats 1. "I am happy for her and [the fact that she's] moving forward with her life, just as I’m sure she is with me."
We'll definitely miss these two lovebirds packing on the PDA all over our newsfeed, but we totally understand why they're taking a step back.