Ariana Grande is having a week. The singer started the week in the headlines after the Grammy committee announced Grande would not be performing or appearing at Sunday’s award show because of demands she made on producers. Grande hit back at the claims on Thursday, saying that producers were publicly lying about her and that she was not performing because the show wanted to stifle her artistry. Do not come for Ariana.
i offered 3 different songs. it’s about collaboration. it’s about feeling supported. it’s about art and honesty. not politics. not doing favors or playing games. it’s just a game y’all.. and i’m sorry but that’s not what music is to me.
— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) February 7, 2019
Now the singer is once again trending, thanks to the release of her fifth studio album Thank U, Next. The album arrived just months after Grande released Sweetener in August 2018. The new album includes the huge title track, which featured the instantly iconic music video that was an ode to rom coms.
In addition to the album release at midnight, Grande also dropped the third video from Thank U, Next, this time for the controversial “Break up with Your Girlfriend, I’m Bored.”
The new video stars Riverdale actor Charles Melton, who is having a pretty great week after the release of the trailer for his first starring film, The Sun Is Also A Star. In the video, Melton is dating a woman who looks just like Ari, high ponytail and all. The trio hang out together at a club and later at a house party, where it appears that Grande is after Melton.
Grande starts off the video as a blonde, but then changes her hair to match Melton’s girlfriend, seemingly as a way to steal Melton away from her doppelganger. But the video closes with a twist, and it appears that Grande is actually after the girlfriend and not Melton.
The video is getting mixed reviews on social media, with fans not exactly clear on what Grande’s messages is with “Break up with Your Girlfriend, I’m Bored.” Some feel as though Grande is supporting her LGBTQ fan base and playing a character who is bisexual, but that comes with concerns that the video is queer baiting.
so ariana grande is a straight woman using a wlw relationship for aesthetic purposes…… pic.twitter.com/40sfxcwrRk
— saskia (@woIvereign) February 8, 2019
Ariana Grande has now switched to queer baiting and using bisexuality to sell her music after cultural appropriation didn’t work pic.twitter.com/N0qQsZOOkT
— marc spector love bot (@angelaodinsdtr) February 8, 2019
if ariana grande was trying to promote self-love with that song, then she should’ve gone about it in a way that wasn’t queerbaiting. as a straight woman, ariana wouldn’t suffer consequences of kissing women that queer women are discriminated against. she used wlw as an aesthetic.
— ⁶ (@toduvuki) February 8, 2019
The theory that we think has the most weight is that Grande is sticking with her “Thank U, Next” vibes and is not actually morphing into Melton’s girlfriend or stealing the woman, but becoming the best version of Ariana and leaving her boyfriend to fall in love with herself.
It’s not a queer bop tho.
The alternating between the girlfriend and Ari represent they’re the same person.
Shes bored of the relationship shes in and wants to love herself
— Lonely Arianator (@WaitingforAG5) February 8, 2019
The girl in BUWYG,IB looks like Ariana so basically she wants the guy to break up with her so she can be with herself cause her name is Aubrey and we’re so good with that #ArianaGrande #BreakUpWithYourGirlfriendImBored
— T (@ArianasBughead) February 8, 2019
so the “girlfriend” in the break up with your girlfriend, im bored resembles ariana so much even down to the moon tattoo behind her ear, the hair clip. the girlfriend is ariana. she’s breaking up with her boyfriend and loving herself. #thankunext pic.twitter.com/vfb9Lv6tMo
— mia (@onelovesbutera) February 8, 2019
break up with your girlfriend, i’m bored – ariana grande (2019) pic.twitter.com/xguDknvXHz
— (@arismangoes) February 8, 2019
Then there’s the possible unaccredited NSYNC sample, which feels a bit troublesome after there was so much controversy surrounding her last single “7 Rings.”
— lyndsey (@LyndseyGilman) February 8, 2019
One thing that people can seem to agree on is that her stunning track “Ghostin” is about Pete Davidson and Mac Miller. Also, it wrecked us.
— Quella Reid (@quellsfargo) February 8, 2019
— sol is not okay (@lovegood28) February 8, 2019
— (@__tsw8__) February 8, 2019