Ariana Grande needed to dump Pete Davidson to come into her own, right?


I know not a lot of you stan for Ariana Grande like I do, judging from the lack of comments on the post yesterday about her being named Woman of The Year by Billboard. I listened to sweetener again recently and although it does get repetitive it’s SO GOOD at evoking that in love feeling. It’s an excellent album and she’s killing it professionally.

Ariana performed “thank u, next” on Ellen yesterday with three backup singers and their choreography was excellent. (I’m super qualified to judge since I took Zumba instructor training /s.) She did it all in sky high boots. At one point she stumbled while trying to get down off a chair and cracked up at herself. Apparently the performance was an homage to The First Wives Club in that they dressed in all white in front of a white setting evocative of a wedding. I’m so sorry that I haven’t seen that movie yet! (It came out in ’96 when I was in grad school and not watching as many movies. Maybe Kaiser will give me her Starz login so I can stream it.) Lisa Ryan at The Cut explains why it’s the perfect choice for Ariana’s performance, and she actually saw the film so I trust her judgment.

Ari was so dickmatized by Pete Davidson that she got engaged to him after a month, got multiple tattoos for him and talked about him in every interview. She tragically lost her ex boyfriend to an overdose, then she dumped Pete. It all happened in less than six months. About two weeks after the split she dropped the perfect breakup anthem and performed it to cute dance moves with a whole theme a few days after. She just owned not only her own narrative but reinvented her career. I do believe that she’s f’ing grateful to her ex.

Here’s Ariana’s performance on Ellen. She’s adorable. I love the part at the end where they put on their coats and sashay out of there! Outlets are reporting that she got choked up but I don’t see it.

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  1. Snazzy says:

    I loved the homage to the First Wives Club! CB you must see it – it’s a wonderful movie! And while I’m not a huge fan of her songs, I do like the singer AG is turning into 😊

    • Char says:

      It’s not a wedding, it’s a party celebrating the opening of their center to help women, in homage to their friend! That’s a great reference, since it’s a moment they also celebrate their independence and a new found self love, which totally matches Ariana’s song vibe. The fact she made this reference is so great and I just dream Bette, Diane and Goldie would show up in her video doing the dance!

      Ariana won me over!!

    • manda says:

      First Wives Club really is a great movie. It’s also a book! Somewhat darker than the movie, but also good. I recommend both

  2. Huh says:

    This woman’s personality bores me, sorry! Thank u, next!

    • Ama says:

      Thank you. Thought I am the only one that came here and celecbitch about her…that stupid “f*ck me – I am so cute” face she does ;-) She is so far away of being a liberated woman with this song…childish

    • Pandy says:

      Not the only ones. She needed this fauxmance to get publicity. Another little talented who’s elevating herself on gossip. Next!!

      • SK says:

        “little talented”? I mean… I’m not a fan or anything (pop music isn’t really my jam); but this girl is massively talented and even if you don’t like her you should recognise her beautiful voice and perfect technique. I believe she is also a song-writer.

    • CityGirl says:

      Oh man, I feel you….I worry it’s just me getting all old and cranky, “get off my lawn”….

    • TooMany says:

      I think she seems like a genuinely lovely, empathetic and caring person. That’s not really exciting and people like that in the public eye seem to get eaten alive but she’s a good role model and it would be good to have more people like her, who make a name for themselves. Her music mostly isn’t my thing but I still follow her stories.

  3. Christina says:

    The song is cute, but it sounds so dated.

  4. JAC says:

    I still can’t forget her spoiled brat antics, and I doubt she changed completely, but she seems to have matured a lot. So good for her.

    I also like Pete, amd don’t really get why he gets blaimed for the break up. They didn’t work out, it’s not neccessarily someone’s fault.

    • Lolly says:

      Who is blaming Pete for the breakup though?

    • Kathryn says:

      Same! I never cared about her or her music because most of the stories about her were her acting entitled and awful to people and I had no interest. She has become more endearing in the last several months and seems to have a more grateful attitude probably since the Manchester event? But in the last few months, I’ve finally started listening to her music/following her. Hope she is growing.

  5. Lara says:

    I’ve been growing more fond of Ariana for a while now and this performance was the cherry on the top for me. Love that she cracked up when she fell, that would have been my reaction! It proved her voice that she could carry on singing after that and the exit was on point.

  6. cate says:

    She tears up at the lines where she sings about getting married and walking down the aisle with her mom! Around 2:18 :)

  7. Brunswickstoval says:

    Maybe I’m just too old / not her demographic but I can’t handle her voice. I can’t work out whether it’s overworked or what it is but I just don’t like it. I’m not a fan of the breathy nasal songs. Her personally I know little about but I just can’t with her music.

    • Franny Days says:

      I can’t stand it either and her speaking voice is extra annoying to me. She speaks in such a weird little girl voice but sounds like she’s also trying to sound sexy? It’s weird.

    • dietcokehead says:

      I have a hard time understanding what she says when she sings. I know she has a nice voice—I’ve heard her belt it out before—but she sings like she has marbles in her mouth.

    • Eden75 says:

      I’m definitely not this girls demographic and her day to day music drives me bonkers. I do love watching her do impressions however. She’s done them on SNL and Jimmy Fallon’s show. The girl has an amazing voice but I prefer it when she is singing like someone else, which feels horrible to say.

  8. Here or there says:

    I don’t like her because she’s a certifiable a-hole. End of.

  9. Nancy says:

    She’s just another flavor of the month to me. Nothing special or different than her predecessors. What makes me like her more is the way she handled the Manchester attack. That had to be devastating. So while I don’t care about her music, certainly don’t care about her boyfriends, I admire her courage during that awful day she was performing, not knowing what lie ahead.

  10. Stef says:

    I’m so glad you mentioned that Ariana was dickmatized because that’s something I’ve been feeling for a long time.

    I respect that she’s coming into her own and didn’t rush the wedding. She seems to have a good sense of humour about herself and her relationships and that’s a positive message for her fans that look up to her.

    She wasn’t always my favourite but I love her voice and I’m starting to like her more and more!

  11. Zee says:

    Ariana and Pete were a rushed mess but so very entertaining. For that alone I hope they’re getting back together. Can never have enough messed up celebritie couples.

  12. Jessica says:

    This is kinda getting boring also she’s clearly using her private life in the promotion of her songs, which is fine but then she should let Pete use his in his comedy material without getting all upset.

  13. Zazu says:

    I personally don’t like the breathy singing and I feel like she often oversings. Do you remember when Twitter put it together that cardi B is the same age as Ariana Grande? The shock? That’s because Ariana uses mannerisms and dresses like a teen, except sexy- it’s too much like Britney Spears in ‘hit me one more time’. But I do think she handled the Manchester bombing with a lot of Grace and I like her support for women and the LGBT community.

  14. Katherine says:

    Never seen The First Wives Club?! Stop what you are doing & watch it immediately!! It’s a modern day classic!

  15. Harryg says:

    First Wives Club is an odd movie if you have read the book. The book is quite serious. The movie is goofy fun but I think the book deserves a better movie.

    • Steff says:

      “I think the book deserves a better movie.” Sacrilege!

    • SK says:

      Yeah that’s a good point. I saw the film and then read the book and was very surprised. When I watched the film again it was with different eyes. Things like Annie and Aaron having a daughter with Downs and Aaron stealing their daughter’s future by spending her entire trust fund (as well as leaving and marrying their therapist and other things) and the effect that had on their lives – apparently that wasn’t “fun!” enough for the movie so they made her daughter a lesbian instead. In the book Morty was a real son-of -a… and there is NO WAY Brenda would have gone back there, especially as she realised she was a lesbian and started having a relationship with a woman. They made Elise a buffoon and her alcoholism a joke. In the book many of the men end up in jail – the women don’t just threaten them, they carry through. They also punish Cynthia’s ex-husband.

      It is interesting to note that the film was written, directed and produced by men, and these men seem to have wanted to soften the teeth of the women portrayed in the novel. Scott Rudin was the producer and he said: “When I took this on, I didn’t want a feminist manifesto, which it threatened to be.” That statement explains a lot. The book has no shame in its sadness, in its anger, in its strong messaging. In the American Popular Culture Archive they write “Once the women decide to act, they exude power and energy. Brenda asks Elise, “Did anyone ever tell you you’re beautiful when you’re angry?” Elise replies, “No. Mostly they liked me passive. But those days are over, my friend. I’m changing.”"

      I think the film is fun and enjoyable fluff, but the book is something deeper. For those who want to read it: don’t read it expecting fun and frivolity, it has much sharper edges and deeper emotions than the film.

  16. Wow says:

    Ari has the kind of BDE that Pete wishes he could have

  17. Grant says:

    I don’t know why people on this site throw so much shade at Ari. She was one of the first mainstream, vocal feminists amongst her peer group, she’s incredibly woke, she’s been an ardent LGBT/progressive ally since the beginning of her career… compared to someone like T. Swift, who is only just now coming out as a progressive… But Ariana licked a donut a few years ago and there was a rumor that she liked to be carried by her bodyguard, so people still hate her. The girl is like, 80 lbs max. I’m sure the bodyguard wasn’t THAT inconvenienced.

    • AnneC says:

      After watching the Manchester tribute concert I became a big fan.

    • Marianne says:

      I think people are also cranky cause she looks like a child and yet dresses sexily. Like, some people just look younger than what they are. Probably doesnt help that shes really petite. Like, why cant she dress how she likes? She’s a consenting adult.

      • Mandy Melons says:

        YAAAS to all of this! She’s 25 years old and we’re going to shame this WOMAN about her attire because she’s petite and has a baby face.

    • detritus says:

      I think she’s grown up a ton. Did not like her during the donut lick era, but really like her now.
      She’s consistently feminist, consistently kind, and she’s been through a ton in the last year.

      I think she’s a great role model at this point.

  18. mamamia says:

    Wow yall! Let her live!!! Very cranky in the comments today. It’s cute fun music.

  19. Mo’ Comments Mo’ Problems says:

    Celebitchy, I’m so glad you’re covering her! Have you seen the MV for Breathin’ released yesterday?

    I can’t wait for Ariana to deepen the use of her voice. You can tell she has so much to offer.

    I think this whole relationship was immature but it’s good they got out of it while they could.

  20. Shan says:

    I mean, there are things I appreciate about her, but the whole “adopting a completely different skin tone” thing isn’t a great look, and she almost never gets called out for it. The number of people who think she’s Latina is bonkers.

    • M says:

      YES. I only found out about that this week and I’m an unemployed person with a bad gossip addiction so it’s kind of shocking that I had no idea what she looked like before. I knew she wasn’t Latina but was completely ignorant that she was altering her skin tone so heavily.

    • Some chick says:

      She’s Italian. She’s not faking it. That is one of the shades Italians come in.

      People who think she’s Latina apparently can’t use google…? And, more to the point, why does it matter?

  21. Case says:

    She’s very talented and makes cute, fun music. I like her. As I’ve said before, I used to despise her, but she has been through so much and shown a lot of maturity. I admire her for how she has handled herself publicly and how she is picking herself up after this public breakup. Good for her.

  22. Queen says:

    Does anyone get the feeling she did something to her face? Maybe a nose job? She looks different… I just can’t put my finger on it…

  23. kellybean says:

    I just can’t warm to her ever since I became aware of her in 2014. She has a very powerful voice, it’s just a little too shouty for me and she doesn’t show the restraint as the other powerhouse voices such as Adele. Her behavior is the main turnoff for me. Of course that doesn’t mean I don’t feel for all the loss and trauma she has endured recently and hope she heals.

    Her nose definitely looks conspicuously different.