Were Kylie Jenner and Ariana Grande Ever Actually Friends?

Ariana Grande and Kylie Jenner have several things in common. Both women are superstars in their chosen fields, Grande as a popular singer/songwriter and Jenner as a cosmetics maven and reality star. In addition, both young women have grown up in the public eye, with Grande reaching maturity on television, in the Nickelodeon show Sam & Cat, and Jenner on her family’s reality series, Keeping Up with the Kardashians.

Singer Ariana Grande arrives at the 2016 American Music Awards on November 20, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.
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Since they do share so many similarities, fans might expect that the two have spent time together over the years. However, in light of a recent “unfollowing” spree that Grande did on social media, fans have started to speculate that the two women never actually established a friendship.

Ariana Grande has been very vocal on social media lately

In the wake of George Floyd’s murder, many celebrities have felt compelled to take to social media to share their thoughts, feelings, and reactions. Many of them, including Grande, have been outspoken advocates for the Black Lives Matter movement, directing their followers in various ways that they can help support the movement. Grande has not only been one of the loudest stars on Instagram advocating for social justice, but she also took part in a peaceful protest, earning kudos from fans.

Jenner, on the other hand, has not been nearly so vocal about the cause as many fans might expect. Although she did post several images to her Instagram in support of Black Lives Matter, she made a relatively quick return to her regular content of selfies and bikini shots. She has also not apparently taken part in any protests. It is not the first time that Jenner has received backlash for her silence on matters of politics — although this time might be the most damaging to her and her brand. 

Ariana Grande has a Kardashian connection

Grande and Jenner have crossed paths before. At least once in 2016, Jenner and Grande hung out at New York Fashion Week, sharing some photos to Instagram for evidence. However, they have not shared documented evidence of friend dates since then, and many have suspected that after their initial meeting in 2016, Grande and Jenner never really established a true friend connection.

Still, Grande has remained friendly with the family and even invited Kris Jenner to be a guest star in her “Thank U, Next” music video in 2018. The moment went viral and fans loved the Kardashian reference in her video. Most recently, Kendall Jenner and Kylie Jenner appeared in Grande and Justin Bieber’s new video, “Stuck With U.” 

Fans speculated about Ariana Grande and Kylie Jenner’s friendship

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In late May, Grande went on a massive unfollowing spree on social media, unfollowing many celebrities on Instagram and Twitter. Not only did she click “unfollow” on Taylor Swift, Shawn Mendes, and Lana Del Ray, but she also unfollowed both Kendall Jenner and Kylie Jenner.

Fans on Reddit were quick to speculate as to the reason, with many of them postulating that it was due to Grande’s belief that none of her fellow celebrities spoke up enough about the Black Lives Matter movement. 

While many fans stated that the accusation was “baseless” and that the virtue-signaling among celebrities was “annoying,” a few pointed out that it could simply be that Grande was hacked, or that she is purging her social media feed. Interestingly enough, one poster claimed that Grande is still following both Kim Kardashian and Khloé Kardashian.

Perhaps Grande and Jenner’s friendship was never substantial enough to merit any additional time on social media from Grande.