Ariana Grande was seen out with ex Ricky Alvarez, but claims she’s not dating anyone

Ariana Grande was photographed out with her ex boyfriend, Ricky Alvarez, on New Year’s Day. You can see those photos by following the link above. Ari has unique style that sometimes works and sometimes looks ridiculous. The black face mask is understandable as the flu is rampant, her instrument is her voice, and had to cancel a performance last week due to bronchitis. She likes to wear oversized sweatshirts and jackets and it technically wasn’t freezing in NY on Tuesday, but the low was 38°. That’s kind of cold not to wear tights, especially for someone recovering from bronchitis, but maybe they were nude-colored.

Ariana was asked on Twitter if she was dating and she said she wasn’t and that she probably wouldn’t be all year or ever. You can see her tweet below. Outlets vary as to the timeline was but it looks like she tweeted that the same day she was seen out with Ricky, but before the photos were out. These two dated for a year in 2015 and reconnected in early November, when “thank u, next” came out. They joked online about Ricky getting the worst line, “Wrote some songs about Ricky, now I listen and laugh.” Then, about three weeks ago, she commented on one of his Instagram posts. When people asked if they were back together she wrote “We’re friends everyone take a big ol breather.”

Here’s what she wrote about being single:

On the rare (ha) occasions I stepped out with an ex after a breakup I was definitely sleeping with him again. It usually ended just as badly if not worse than the first time, but it’s a smarter move for Ari than staying with Pete. She’s getting hers and I’ll reserve judgment until and unless she declares she’s coupled-up again. That wouldn’t jibe with her new image though.

Ari’s ex, Pete Davidson, is getting press for talking about her in a standup set earlier this week. It sounds like he’s doing ok now, which is reassuring after his scare. He talked about “thank u, next,” saying that his mom had to hear at least one person singing it to her mockingly. He also called Ariana a “diabolical genius” for including her exes by name instead of writing a typical blind item song. Plus Pete revealed that Louis C.K. tried to get him fired from SNL during Louis’ hosting gig in 2017. Louis told the producers, right in front of Pete, that “all this kid does is smoke weed and he’s gonna smoke his career away.” Pete claimed he got a Harry Potter tattoo the day before Alan Rickman died and then a Willy Wonka tattoo the day before Gene Wilder died. “Now I’m like, all right, that’s a coincidence, that’s weird. So I’m thinking of getting a tattoo of Louis C.K., what do you guys think?” Go for it Pete.

Also, it was just announced that Ariana will be a headliner at Coachella in April. Other big names include Childish Gambino, Janelle Monae, Tame Impala and Weezer. Her career is fire.

Ari in early December:


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  1. Case says:

    I’ve liked Ariana ever since I saw how well she handled herself in the wake of the Manchester bombing. She’s certainly talented and seems to care a lot about her fans.

    That said — she’s a bit of a messy girl, isn’t she? Seems like she’s emulating younger Taylor Swift right now with the very public relationships and bad (and well-documented in song) breakups. It’s interesting to me that people aren’t calling her out for it in the same way they have with Taylor in the past, though.

    • Lizzie says:

      so – every ex in my life (lots) has been a 100% cancellation. i literally never, ever talk to them again….except one. we started as friends, lived in different cities and didn’t date very long. it didn’t work, he was a great guy the spark just wasn’t there and we mutually agree on that. the breakup wasn’t nice but it wasn’t tragic and somehow a few years later we just became friends again. we don’t see each other very often but no one that knows us would bat an eyelash if we were spotted together – including our spouses. maybe b/c we had negative sexual chemistry it is apparent to outsiders that there is no threat of hooking up again.

    • otaku fairy says:

      Actually, people are attacking her worse for it than they attacked Taylor Swift for it. People are saying that because Pete Davidson has mental health issues, it’s dangerous irresponsible evil ho villainess bullying bitchery for her to write a song saying “I appreciate you all, but I need to take some time for myself” and implying that his being suicidal is her fault. Pretty toxic considering the fact that she was already blamed for Mac Miller’s death (some people are blaming her for both now).
      The other problem with it is that it’s an example of male privilege on display. This level of concern just does not get shown for the wellbeing of female celebrities, who get all kinds of disgusting vitriol and false rumors spread about them no matter what mental or physical health issues they deal with, and no matter how young they are when the BS starts. A lot of the same commenters going after Ariana for Thank U, Next, have no problem saying disgusting things about women and girls in the industry themselves, or supporting others who do it and crying ‘snowflake sjw’ whenever any feminist criticizes it.

      The thing is, Ariana has her own mental health issues and has grown up in this industry as the public treats female public figures like garbage. Hopefully she takes care of herself, knows how to disengage, and has a good year this year. #MisognyKills

      • Case says:

        I revise my initial statement: I realize some people are criticizing her with particular hatred for how she handled her breakup with Pete, particularly on social media, but she is generally well-liked at the moment and the tide of public opinion hasn’t turned against her or think she’s fake for how this has played out publicly. There have been several times in Taylor’s career when it was cool to hate her, and I’m luckily not seeing that happening to Ariana any time soon. Hopefully she’ll continue to put herself first in 2019 and bring the focus back to her awesome career.

      • otaku fairy says:

        I never had a problem with Taylor Swift writing songs about her famous exes. My dislike of her has been for other reasons. For some people, they seemed to get tired of her doing that because she did it multiple times, and theories popped up about whether or not she had some sinister plan to build her career off of portraying herself as a victim in her breakups with different stars. But other people definitely did overreact to it and take the criticism too far.

  2. Christina says:

    She has horrible style.

  3. Originaltessa says:

    Ugh, I’ve had so many friends like her. She can’t be alone. She must always have a guy to fawn over her and be at her beck and call. Don’t have a new guy? Dig up an ex that hasn’t gotten over you, his feelings be damned. It’s a terrible game, that so many people play. Ricky is being used because she didn’t want to feel alone over the holidays.

    • otaku fairy says:

      They’re friends. This isn’t the first time since their breakup that they’ve interacted together. They may or may not be hooking up (who knows?) but they’re not dating. If this grown man Ricky Alvarez is ok with that- whether they’re really just friends now or there’s a friends with benefits situation going on there- he’s certainly not a victim.

  4. Zabar says:

    I think she (or she & her team) took a step back and realized the importance of the long game a few months ago. She’s savvy enough to realize stepping away from the messy engagement, slapping an era label on it (complete with a pop culture relevant song & MV), and moving on to the next thing will keep her relevant. I just wonder when she will ditch the high pony & boots uniform?

  5. Valiantly Varnished says:

    Ariana strikes me as the type of woman who cant be alone for any significant period of time. She’s one of those women who always has a boyfriend. Considering all she’s been through recently she really needs to learn how to work on herself and be alone instead of looking for a relationship as a distraction.

  6. Beth says:

    If they’re good people, and the breakup wasn’t too messy, exs don’t have to be completely blocked out of our lives forever. Just because our love life didn’t last forever doesn’t mean our friendship has to end.
    Her clothes look ridiculous. Jumbo sweatshirts with thigh high spiked heel boots is not stylish and that huge furry pink coat makes me cringe.

  7. Some chick says:

    I’m glad I don’t live under a microscope – much less in my 20s.

    Love the lavender Siriano dress and the pink coat!

  8. tiya says:

    I’ve remained friends with nearly all of my exes after we’ve broken up! The one’s that weren’t amicable partings got smoothed over with time and eventually lead to a repaired friendship. I don’t think this is weird or that she’s falling for him/needing to be with him at all. If they’re fooling around then…… okay? She’s in her twenties, that’s what we do lol. But idk what the big deal is with her having male friends.

  9. Lens horne says:

    Who cares? She is young,beautiful and successful. Why not? I did when I was her age. She isn’t hurting anyone and isn’t tied down.