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People reported Sunday that the couple called it quits over the weekend, with a source close to Grande telling the website that the split was “not shocking to anyone”: “It was way too much too soon.”
Meanwhile, TMZ reported that sources close to the couple are saying the decision was mutual, with both agreeing that the timing wasn’t right.
Reps for the couple have not responded to requests for comment.
The singer and the Saturday Night Live castmember had been engaged to wed since June. Their engagement came as something of a surprise to fans as the couple had only been dating for a few weeks. Over the summer, they moved into a Manhattan apartment that was reportedly on the market for $16 million.
The pair were scheduled to attend the 2018 Emmys together last month, but chose to stay home in New York instead.
“Given the events of the past couple of years, Ariana is going to take some much needed time to heal and mend,” a rep for Grande said at the time. “She will be staying close to home and using this period to spend time with her loved ones and work on new music without deadline. She thanks her fans for their understanding.”
Grande has been vocal about her need to step away from the spotlight in the wake of her ex-boyfriend Mac Miller’s death of an apparent overdose and a May 2017 terrorist attack at her show in Manchester, England, that killed 22 concertgoers and injured more than 500 others.
Just a few weeks ago, she tweeted a series of messages alluding to her mental state, including “can i pls have one okay day. just one. pls.” and “i’m so tired pls” and “everything will be okay.”
Before their split, the couple had opened up about their relationship in various interviews. Davidson told Esquire in August that he knew he wanted to marry the pop star pretty quickly.
“The day I met her, I was like, ‘Hey, I’ll marry you tomorrow,'” he said about Grande. “She was calling my bluff. I sent her a picture [of engagement rings]. I was like, ‘Do you like any of these?’ She was like, ‘Those are my favorite ones,’ and I was like, ‘Sick.'”
Not long after, Grande appeared on The Tonight Show, where she talked to host Jimmy Fallon about the track called “Pete Davidson,” inspired by her then-fiance, off her new album, Sweetener. The one-minute, 14 second interlude features lines like, “I know that you’re my soulmate and all that.”
“I just made it and I sent it to him and I didn’t know what to call it,” she said, adding that she recorded the song “a week after we started hanging out and stuff.” Grande continued, “So I just called it ‘Pete.’ It was either going to be that or ‘This Is About Pete Davidson.’ I was like, ‘Why not? You know?’ Just be direct.”
The pair first met in 2016 on the set of SNL, when she appeared on the show as a host and musical guest.
“We never exchanged numbers or anything. We weren’t even friends for a long time, but I had the biggest crush in the whole world on him the whole time — like, forever,” she said. “And my friends used to make fun of me for it and all that stuff.”
Though their initial interaction was minimal, Grande went on to say that she predicted she’d end up tying the knot with the SNL star.
“I left his writers room when we were writing skits and stuff for the show and my tour manager was in the hallway. And I’m not a crush-y person. I don’t have crushes on people I don’t know,” she said. “But I left and I jokingly said to my tour manager, ‘I’m marrying him 100 percent.’ I was like, ‘I’m literally marrying him.’ We weren’t even friends. I didn’t even see him at the afterparty.”
The season premiere of SNL even poked fun at the duo’s relationship in a skit and also during “Weekend Update,” where Davidson played himself. “I get it. She’s an international pop star, and I’m that guy from SNL that everyone thinks is in desperate need of more blood,” he said.
When asked about all the attention he’s been getting since his engagement, Davidson said, “I hate it, it’s awful.” He then said that he had been getting death threats. Davidson also poked fun at himself by saying that he wanted a prenup: “God forbid we split up and she takes half my sneakers,” he joked.
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