It’s finally here! But some people didn’t get the invite. If you haven’t heard already (how could you NOT?), pop star Ariana Grande finally released her highly anticipated video for her single ‘thank u, next’ and we are literally dying with excitement, ATM. Several of Ari’s friends and even some of her most notable co-stars made an appearance in the click flick themed extravaganza.
Remember Victorious? Ari definitely gave the classic kids show a nod when she cast her former co-stars Elizabeth Gillies, Matt Bennett, and Daniella Monet to share the spotlight with her in the new vid. But what fans want to know is… where’s Victoria Justice in all this?
The Nickleodeon staple from our adolescence was a huge turning point for Ariana’s career and it makes sense she would pay tribute to the show that brought her so much success. While Liz took on the iconic role of Cady that Lindsay Lohan once played in the classic Mean Girls, Matt ended up the toothpaste-spitting love interest Cliff from Bring It On, originally played by Jesse Bradford. Daniella even showed up as a cheerleader for the Toros, along with a seriously dope squad of East Compton Clovers. But clearly Ari wasn’t quite over all that Victorious beef, so chances are Victoria didn’t get an invite. Fans definitely had quite the reaction to her omission, and a lot of them are seriously hilarious (see below to have a quick laugh).
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Back in 2015, Victoria did make an attempt to put the rumors to rest. “I would love to set the record straight because I feel these rumors have been going on for way too long,” she said during an appearance on the The Meredith Vieira Show. “So basically, there was an article in Seventeen magazine where [Ariana] had said that she was bullied on set, and the magazine basically alluded to it being me.” Yikes!
Victoria said she made sure to reach out, though. “Once the article came out — actually before it came out — she texted me privately, and she was like, ‘Oh my gosh, I am so sorry. You know how the media twists words. I was not talking about you obviously, I was talking about someone on Broadway I had worked with.’ But once it got out there everyone thought that I was this bully and mean to her, which couldn’t be further from the truth,” she revealed.
Though by all accounts it seems like the Ari/Victoria feud was totally squashed, Ariana’s choice to keep Victoria out of the ‘thank u, next’ vid definitely says a lot about their current relationship. Maybe things are chill between them, but they haven’t decided to further their friendship? Either way, we’re hoping things are cool between the former co-stars! Or else, who knows –– we might see Victoria in Ari’s “burn book” one day.