Ariana Grande‘s year hasn’t exactly been the easiest. In mid-October, news broke that she and fiancé Pete Davidson were splitting up after a whirlwind summer relationship. That breakup was one of the events that inspired “Thank U, Next,” Grande’s new song, which pays homage to her exes. She name-checks several of them in the song, including Davidson and Mac Miller, who passed away over the summer from an overdose. Grande performed the song for the first time on The Ellen DeGeneres Show Wednesday (November 7), and she got emotional during her set—no doubt from the aforementioned reasons and more.
But she’s taking all this hardship in stride. The singer took to Twitter on Wednesday night and made a joke at her own expense. “Remember when i was like hey i have no tears left to cry and the universe was like HAAAAAAAAA bitch u thought,” she tweeted, referring to her hit song “No Tears Left to Cry” that kicked off her Sweetener era in April.
See the tweet for yourself, below:
And check out her first performance of “Thank U, Next” here:
She styled the performance after The First Wives Club, complete with a white outfit and a set that included a wedding cake and reception tables. Since Davidson is the only ex of Grande’s whom she almost married—to our knowledge—it’s safe to assume the performance was heavily inspired by him.
Grande dropped “Thank U, Next” with no warning on Saturday night (November 3) following the joke Davidson made about their engagement for an SNL promo. “You wanna get married?” he asked the musical guest Maggie Rogers, who curtly responded, “No.” “0 for 3,” Davidson then cracked.
“For somebody who claims to hate relevancy u sure love clinging to it huh,” Grande tweeted (and promptly deleted) shortly after this promo went live. “Thank u, next.”