How Long Were Ariana Grande and Mac Miller Together?

Ariana Grande has had her share of whirlwind romances throughout the years. But one of her most high-profile relationships was with rapper Mac Miller. The couple’s relationship blossomed quickly and turned into a love story many thought would last forever. However, the two eventually went their separate ways, breaking fans’ hearts in the process.

So how long did Grande and Miller actually date before calling it quits for good?

Mac Miller and Ariana Grande at the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards
Mac Miller and Ariana Grande at the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards | Mike Coppola/MTV1617/Getty Images for MTV

Ariana Grande and Mac Miller were friends before they started dating

Like many modern-day relationships, Grande and Miller’s love story began with a tweet.

In November 2012, the Nickelodeon alum was watching the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade when she asked her followers, “What are you thankful for at the moment?”

Not long after she posted the tweet, Miller responded with, “the velvet revival,” marking the start of their first-ever conversation. Eventually, the rapper asked to do a duet with the singer, which she agreed to.

The pair then teamed up to do a cover of the Christmas classic “Baby It’s Cold Outside” just in time for the holiday season. 

A few months later, the two collaborated again on Grande’s 2013 song “The Way.” Miller was also featured in the music video, in which they flirted throughout and even shared a kiss at the end.

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As expected, the video sparked romance rumors, with many pointing out Grande and Miller’s undeniable chemistry.

But Miller eventually shut down romance speculation, telling MTV News, “That’s the homie. She’s got a boyfriend and everything. Obviously, that [kiss] made everyone talk. I didn’t even know that was going to happen and then we were shooting and the director was like, ‘This should happen,’ and I’m like, ‘Alright.'”

Ariana Grande and Mac Miller were together for two years

Three years after their “The Way” collab, Grande and Miller reunited for the remix of the singer’s track “Into You” in August 2016. After releasing the song, the pair were spotted kissing at a restaurant in California.

That same month, they attending the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards and were even seen cuddling with each other at the show’s after-party.

Mac Miller and Ariana Grande at the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards - Republic Records After Party
Mac Miller and Ariana Grande at the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards Republic Records After Party | Kevin Mazur/WireImage

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It wasn’t until September 2016 that Grande confirmed their relationship by making it Instagram official.

For the next two years, Grande and Miller maintained a loving relationship that they often showcased on social media and in the public eye.

Miller was even there for the hitmaker following the Manchester terrorist attack in May 2017, greeting a teary-eyed Grande as soon as her plane touched down in the states.

From an outside perspective, it seemed Grande and Miller were perfect for each other.

Unfortunately, things weren’t as they seemed behind the scenes, with Miller’s drug use putting a strain on their relationship.

In May 2018, Grande announced her split from Miller but made it clear that he was still one of her closest friends.

“This is one of my best friends in the whole world and favorite people on the planet,” Grande wrote on her Instagram Stories, per Billboard. “I respect and adore him endlessly and am grateful to have him in my life in any form, at all times regardless of how our relationship changes or what the universe holds for each of us!”

Despite their breakup, Ariana Grande never stopped loving Mac Miller

Not long after she and Miller called it quits, Grande began dating Saturday Night Live comedian Pete Davidson. In June 2018, the pair got engaged.

Unfortunately, tragedy struck three months later when it was confirmed that Miller had died of an accidental overdose in September 2018. He was 26-years-old.

Following his death, Grande’s relationship with Davidson began to deteriorate, and in October 2018, she called off their engagement.

According to sources, Grande realized that she “couldn’t be fully invested in her relationship with Pete, and she had rushed into a looming marriage way too fast by getting engaged.”

After Miller’s death, Grande shared a heartfelt Instagram post paying tribute to him.

“I adored you from the day I met you when I was nineteen and I always will,” she wrote. “I can’t believe you aren’t here anymore. I really can’t wrap my head around it. We talked about this. So many times. I’m so mad, I’m so sad I don’t know what to do. You were my dearest friend. for so long. above anything else. I’m so sorry I couldn’t fix or take your pain away. I really wanted to. The kindest, sweetest soul with demons he never deserved. I hope you’re okay now. Rest.”

Since then, she has honored Miller’s memory in her songs and during her concerts, proving that he will always have a special place in her heart.

“He was the best person ever,” Grande told Vogue magazine in 2019. “And he didn’t deserve the demons he had.”