Ariana Grande has admonished a Twitter user for suggesting that she should take responsibility for her ex-boyfriend Mac Miller’s recent car accident and subsequent DUI.
On Monday, Elijah Flint tweeted: “Mac Miller totalling his G wagon and getting a DUI after Ariana Grande dumped him for another dude after he poured his heart out on a ten song album to her called the divine feminine is just the most heartbreaking thing happening in Hollywood.”
Flint only had around 100 followers when he first sent the tweet, but within 48 hours it had been retweeted 24,000 times and liked 106,000 times.
Two days later, Grande responded to Flint, telling him that he was minimising “female self-respect and self-worth by saying someone should stay in a toxic relationship”.
It is the first time Grande has revealed any problems in her relationship with Miller, describing their relationship as “hard” and “scary” and telling Flint that “shaming/blaming women for a man’s inability to keep his shit together is a very major problem”.
A police report found Miller’s blood alcohol level was twice the legal limit when he crashed the car, according to TMZ.
Flint responded to Grande’s tweet with a lengthy apology, saying “I think every woman is equal to a man and has the same exact right to pursue their happiness”. Grande was quick to accept his apology.
Grande and Miller met on the video shoot for their duet The Way in 2013 and started dating a year later. They got matching tattoos and repeatedly posted about their love for one another. After unimaginable tragedy struck last year at Grande’s concert in Manchester, the rapper pulled out of his own concerts to support Grande, reportedly not leaving her side in the weeks afterwards. On stage at the One Love tribute concert a week later, Miller embraced and dueted with Grande on stage.
When they announced their separation this month, they did so with the cordiality of beloved CEO leaving a company after transforming its fortunes. Grande blamed their busy schedules for the break-up, adding on Instagram that Miller was “one of my best friends in the whole world and favorite people on the planet”, adding: “I respect and adore him endlessly and am grateful to have him in my life in any form, at all times regardless of how our relationship changes or what the universe holds for each of us!” Miller also tweeted in support of Grande’s most recent single: “very proud of this girl”, even as early reports of a split were emerging.
This week Page Six, TMZ, and People reported that Grande had started dating Pete Davidson, himself having only just broken up with Larry David’s daughter, Cazzie, another intense relationship in which David supported Davidson through battles with addiction and borderline personality disorder. Fans are speculating that they have already got matching tattoos on their middle fingers.
This is not the first time Grande has admonished a member of the public after she was on the receiving end of misogyny. In December 2016, she wrote movingly and with anger after one of Miller’s fans said “Ariana is sexy as hell, I see you hitting that” to Miller while Grande was nearby. Grande penned a response on her iPhone notes app which ended: “[Women] need to talk about these moments openly because they are harmful and they live on inside of us as shame … we are not objects or prizes. We are QUEENS.”