It’s so common to think negatively in hindsight about the people we’ve dated. This is due in part to the fact that most breakups don’t seem to happen amicably; there’s always lingering tension, awkwardness, and even vengeance.
Closure beyond that is usually hard to come by, and imaginably more so if you’re the world’s biggest pop star. However, if there’s anything to learn from Ariana Grande’s new single “Thank U, Next”, it’s that moving forward, though difficult, is not at all impossible.
Trailing closely behind the summer EP, Sweetener, Grande had already shifted her musical tone, elevating her sound to both tell the story of her life while showing relatability. It had even pulled in new fans and became a source of therapy for listeners.
And with this new single, the vibe continues.
“Thought I’d end up with Sean/ But it wasn’t a match/ Wrote some songs about Ricky/Now I listen and laugh,” she sings in the song. “Even almost got married/ And for Pete, I’m so thankful/ Wish I could say, ‘Thank you’ to Malcolm/ Cuz he was an angel.”
— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) November 4, 2018
Name-dropping her exes was primarily a smart move for Ari, seeing as though much of her narrative could’ve soon became media-directed. But when you really listen to the lyrics, it’s quite clear that this song serves as an emotional release for her as well.
Just over a year ago, the Manchester suicide bombing took place on her concert grounds, talented rapper/musician and former boyfriend Mac Miller tragically passed in September, and most recently she had called off her engagement with ex-fiancé, Pete Davidson.
To have a platform as massive as Grande’s, publicly undergo a series of emotional setbacks, and still exemplify messages of affirmation, self-love and success throughout is nothing short of amazing.
“Thank U, Next” is anthemic in that it empowers fans to not be tethered to the past. There’s a lesson to be learned in everything we do, everyone we meet. Once we figure out what those lessons are, let’s give thanks and proceed.