Why Ariana Grande Once Called Her Romance With Pete Davidson ‘Highly Unrealistic’

Ariana Grande may have had a highly publicized relationship with Pete Davidson, but according to her, their romance was ‘highly unrealistic.”

In 2019, the singer opened up about her short-lived engagement to the Saturday Night Live comedian in an interview with Vogue, sharing that though they had fun together, Davidson was just a “distraction” following her breakup from ex-boyfriend Mac Miller.

Pete Davidson and Ariana Grande at the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards
Pete Davidson and Ariana Grande at the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards | Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic

Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson had a whirlwind romance

Grande’s relationship with Davidson was one celebrity romance that hit the ground running.

The couple met on the set of SNL shortly after the “Dangerous Woman” hitmaker called it quits from her boyfriend of two years, Mac Miller, in May 2018. Not long after that, the pair started dating.

A few weeks into their relationship, the comedian and the singer announced their engagement in June 2018. That summer, they were spotted together frequently, walking around New York City and attending A-list events like the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards.

The pair also moved into a lavish NYC penthouse together, got matching tattoos, and even adopted a pet pig named Piggy Smalls.

From an outside perspective, it seemed Grande and Davidson’s relationship would stand the test of time.

Pete Davidson and Ariana Grande
Pete Davidson and Ariana Grande exchanging a kiss onstage | Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for American Express

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However, things between them began to fall apart in September 2018 after Miller died of a drug overdose.

The following month, Grande called off her engagement to Davidson. At the time, TMZ reported that Miller’s sudden death played a major part in the couple’s split.

Davidson later confirmed this during a February 2020 interview with radio host Charlamagne Tha God, sharing that he knew his relationship with Grande was doomed after Miller’s death.

“I think I said, like, ‘I’ll be here until you don’t want me to be here,'” he recalled telling Grande. “I pretty much knew it was over around after that. That was really horrible and I can’t imagine what that sh*t is like. That sh*t is just terrible. All I do know is that she really loved the sh*t out of him and she wasn’t putting on a show or anything. That was f*cked up and prayers to his family and all of his friends, still.”

Ariana Grande said her relationship with Pete Davidson was ‘frivolous and fun’ and ‘highly unrealistic’

A few months after calling it quits from Davidson, Grande opened up about their short-lived romance in her August 2019 cover story for Vogue magazine.

The singer recalled meeting, falling in love, and getting engaged to the comedian, who she said was a “distraction,” following her break up from Miller.

Pete Davidson and Ariana Grande at the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards
Pete Davidson and Ariana Grande | Kevin Mazur/WireImage

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“My friends were like, ‘Come! We’re gonna have a fun summer,'” she said. “And then I met Pete, and it was an amazing distraction.”

Grande says that though she fell hard and fast for Davidson, their relationship was “highly unrealistic,” noting that despite being in love with him, she “didn’t know him.”

“It was frivolous and fun and insane,” she continued. “I’m like an infant when it comes to real life and this old soul, been-around-the-block-a-million-times artist. I still don’t trust myself with the life stuff.”

Grande ended the interview by sharing her hopes for the future.

“I have this idea of what I’d like to be,” she shared. “I can see this stronger, amazing, fearless version of myself that one day I hope to evolve into. Sometimes I try to be that for my fans before I actually am that myself. I think I’ve been avoiding putting in the work. You know how that gets: You push your therapist away at some point, but then you have to get back to it.”