Published: Sat, November 10, 2018
Arts&Culture | By Matthew Castillo

Ariana Grande Brushes Off Near Tumble During 'Thank U, Next' Performance

Ariana Grande Brushes Off Near Tumble During 'Thank U, Next' Performance

This September, her ex-boyfriend Mac Miller, died of an accidental overdose caused by mixing drugs and alcohol.

On today's episode of Ellen, Grande performed the song live for the first time. Her performance was pre-taped on November 6, but instead of changing a thing, she embraced her fall with a sense of humor and let her fans see the original take in all of its imperfect glory.

This was real and authentic and so, so on point!

Though the Ellen performance mostly goes off without a hitch, Grande and her companions mistakenly dance through the Ellen audience toward the studio exit when the song concludes. That whole presentation was fire, but she probably needed to clarify that exit a little better with DeGeneres.

"I thought we were supposed to exit!"

She also shared her mindset in relation to the track, writing, "no shade. jus love, gratitude, acceptance, honesty, forgiveness. and growth". Big Sean and Ricky Alvarez are not the focus in the public eye - after the events that have transpired over the past month, Ariana's comments about Pete Davidson and Mac Miller have the tabloids and Twitter going insane.

Judging by social media posts earlier this week Grande did not respond well to Davidson's reference to their breakup during "SNL" promos (in one, he jokingly asked this week's musical guest, Maggie Rogers, to marry him), yet the song seems meant to clear the air. Even more powerful is what Ariana calls her new relationship - one with herself that's going to last. But Davidson took the high road. "She's gone! She left", Ellen said, before Ariana and her dancers headed back to the stage. "She's a wonderful, strong person and I genuinely wish her all the happiness in the world".

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