Ariana Grande Stumbles Gracefully on Ellen

Ariana Grande Stumbles Gracefully on Ellen

As always, she recovered and just kept singing.

As always, she recovered and just kept singing.

Text: Stephanie Ge

In a First Wives Club­-themed performance of her new smash “thank u, next,” Ariana Grande exuded post-breakup resilience and humor, recreating the film's iconic "You Don't Own Me" sequence on The Ellen Show. In addition to channeling Goldie Hawn in an all-white blazer and dress ensemble, Grande had her very own rom-com klutz moment, nearly taking a fall and then laughing it off with her characteristic grace and professionalism.

After the near miss, which happened when she tried stepping down from a chair in the wedding-themed set, Grande continued with the poignant anthem. A wry ode to her exes and their (mostly) positive impacts on her life, Grande sings, “Thought I'd end up with Sean, but he wasn't a match / Wrote some songs about Ricky. Now I listen and laugh / Even almost got married, and for Pete I'm so thankful.”

Closely following a rollercoaster of life events, including the release of her album Sweetener, her ex Mac Miller’s death, and the end of her engagement to comedian Pete Davidson, “thank u, next” offered a surprise window into Grande’s current state of mind, promptly going viral. “Wish I could say 'Thank you' to Malcolm, cause he was an angel," Grande sings in reference to Miller. With its upbeat, confessional lyrics, the song proves that, despite her ups and downs, Grande is fully in charge of her own journey.

For her exes’ parts, they’ve responded with praise and support. Despite his controversial mock-proposal to singer Maggie Rogers, Davidson has publicly wished Grande well. “I know some of you are curious about the breakup but the truth is it's nobody's business and sometimes things just don't work out and that's OK," he said during a recent "Weekend Update" on SNL. "She's a wonderful, strong person and I genuinely wish her all the happiness in the world."

Grande’s past has made her who she is, and she won’t let anyone stop her from moving on. As she puts it, “thank u, next.”

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