Ariana Grande and Mac Miller were once a power couple in the music industry. But where did it all start?
Ariana Grande and Mac Miller first interacted via a Twitter exchange. Miller replied to Grande’s tweet, and the conversation led to him asking the singer to collaborate on a song. Following their collaboration, the duo maintained a close friendship which eventually evolved into a romantic relationship that lasted 2 years. Their relationship ended in mid-2018, and Miller sadly passed away shortly after.
Explore a timeline of the couple’s relationship below.
In December 2012, Ariana Grande posted a tweet asking her fans what they were grateful for on Thanksgiving.
The singer asked, “Watching the parade from the couch all warm and cozy in our apartment. What are you thankful for at the moment? ❤”
Grande tweeted back claiming that she was “very excited to listen to it”.
Miller went on to ask Grande if she would be down for a collaboration, to which Grande told him to “tell Larry [she’d] love to!”.
This led to the duo’s first collaboration during Christmas – a cover of Idina Menzel’s Baby It’s Cold Outside.
In an interview with Cambio, Miller spoke fondly of Grande, describing her as an “angel”. He went on to speak about their first musical collaboration.
He said, “If you ever interview her… she’ll tell you an awesome story about, like, her label person telling her that she should work with me and her saying, ‘He looks weird.’ But I am weird… she was correct. But she didn’t know that there was a really genuine person.”
Miller’s 2013 feature on Grande’s song The Way was hugely successful, with the two flirting and eventually kissing in the music video.
Grande spoke about reaching out to Miller for the collaboration to Billboard in 2013.
She said, “Mac and I had been hanging out for a while at that point, and I was like, ‘I really want you to feature on this record. What do you think?’ And he said, ‘Sounds like a hit to me!’”
However, after the pair’s kiss on the music video sparked dating rumors, Miller was quick to dispel accusations.
He told MTV of their relationship, “That’s the homie. She’s got a boyfriend and everything. Obviously, that [kiss] made everyone talk […] we were shooting and the director was like, ‘This should happen,’ and I’m like, ‘Alright.’”
They were close friends throughout their own relationships – Grande dated Big Sean, Ricky Alvarez and Jai Brooks before finally going official with Miller in 2016.
A Timeline Of The Relationship
Shortly after, they debuted their romance at the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards, and Grande later posted a picture of the two cuddling on her Instagram.
The couple’s relationship lasted for almost 2 years.
However, in May 2018, Grande posted an Instagram story confirming their breakup. She wished him success, saying “I respect and adore him endlessly and am grateful to have him in my life in any form…”
Miller unfortunately had a series of publicized troubles after the breakup.
Grande replied to a fan who implied she was the cause of his spiralling. She tweeted expressing the hardships she endured in attempting to support him and push him towards sobriety.
Unfortunately, Miller passed away due to an accidental overdose a few months later, while Grande was engaged to Pete Davidson.
Grande has since dedicated various posts to him and has written songs honoring his memory.