Who Has Ariana Grande Dated and What Has She Learned Along the Way?

Ariana Grande at Disney

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At a young age, Ariana Grande has already lived an exciting life, full of record-breaking musical accomplishments and iconic style moments. In addition to her career highlights, Grande also regularly makes headlines for her high-profile relationships. With a net worth of $50 million and an ever-growing musical career, Grande is one of the most eligible young stars in Hollywood – and her history of romantic partners is equally interesting.

Ariana Grande’s early relationships

Grande got her start acting in the Broadway musical 13, and that play was where she formed her first serious relationship, with her co-star Graham Philips. Grande and Philips dated from 2008 – 2010 until they dissolved their relationship amicably.

In 2012, Grande started a relationship with YouTube comedy star Jai Brooks, whom she dated until around 2013. The relationship ended when Brooks accused Grande of cheating on him with British singer Nathan Sykes, an accusation which Grande denied. Ariana Grande’s next relationship would be the start of her series of very public, much-talked-about relationships.

Big Sean and Mac Miller

Ariana Grande admitted in a recent interview with E! News that she lives fast, full-out, and is grateful for whatever twists and turns her life might take along the way. That philosophy seems to summarize her romantic relationship with rapper Big Sean.

In October 2014, Grande and Big Sean confirmed that they were dating, and even made a string of red-carpet appearances together. It was the first time Grande had dated someone as well-known as she was, and the busy schedule of both couples seemed to play a factor in their eventual breakup. By early 2015, Grande and Big Sean had split, but the pint-sized diva wouldn’t stay single for long.

After a brief relationship with one of her backup dancers, Grande started dating rapper Mac Miller in 2016. The couple seemed infatuated with each other, and were together for over two years, before splitting in 2018. The breakup was amicable, with Grande posting on her Instagram that she would love and adore Miller endlessly, in whatever form their relationship would take.

Grande’s relationship with Pete Davidson

One of the hottest news stories of early 2018 was the relationship and brief engagement of Ariana Grande and Saturday Night Live star Pete Davidson. In May 2018, the couple confirmed their relationship via Instagram after meeting on the set of SNL.

They quickly bonded over personal traumas – Davidson’s father was a firefighter who died in 9/11, and Grande was still coping with the devastating effects of the Manchester bombing. In short order, the couple announced their engagement, with the pair getting tattoos devoted to each other and proclaiming their love on social media. But it was not to last – by October 2018, Grande and Davidson had split.

Although the couple made no official announcement as to the reason, there were some theories that fans speculated on, including Davidson’s apparent insecurities about Grande’s fame.

Relationship rules from Ariana Grande

Currently single, Grande isn’t dwelling on the past. She is keeping busy promoting her new album Sweetener, which includes the track Thank u, next. This song contains references to many of her famous exes, including Mac Miller, who died of an accidental drug overdose in September 2018.

In her interview with E!, Grande said that she wants to stay true to her own natural, authentic self, no matter what happens. In the light of some negative attention that her most recent ex, Pete Davidson has received on social media, Grande also urges her fans to be gentle, and that she doesn’t endorse anything but love and positivity.

The takeaway from Grande’s relationship with all of her exes seems to be consistent – that even if things don’t work out in a romantic sense, everyone that was in her life for there for a reason. With that positive attitude, there can surely be only good things in store for the record-breaking singer.