Ariana Grande on making ‘Thank U, Next’: ‘It kind of saved my life’

The singer has discussed what her new album meant to her

Ariana Grande has spoken about making her new album ‘Thank U, Next’, saying it “kind of saved [her] life.”

The star’s latest record arrived on Friday (February 8), only six months after the release of her last album, ‘Sweetener’.

During an appearance on the Zach Sang Show, Grande discussed how making ‘Thank U, Next’ had helped her. “I made it with my best friends over the course of a really small period of time and it kind of saved my life,” she said.

“It was this super challenging chapter that sucked and then my friends made it amazing and special. It turned everything around in my life. It sounds really corny, but it was the most beautiful. I don’t think life has ever been as bad as it was when [we started making it].” You can watch the full interview below. 

The record features the song ‘Ghostin’, which appears to tackle the death of Grande’s ex-boyfriend Mac Miller. Fans have praised the singer for the track, with some lauding it as “easily her best song.” One fan described it as her “best ballad, lyrically her best, everything about this song… WOW.”

Others have noted similarities between the track and Miller’s ‘2009’, which featured on his 2018 album ‘Swimming’.

Meanwhile, Grande was in talks to perform at the Grammys tonight (February 10) but pulled out and now will not attend the ceremony at all. Ken Ehrlich, a producer for the awards show, had said the star “felt it was too late for her to pull something together.” Grande later accused him of “lying” about her, saying she had actually turned down the offer to perform because her “creativity and self-expression” were stifled.

Ehrlich has since responded to those comments, calling them “a surprise.” “I don’t know if I’m good at anything else, but I understand artists and I can hear other artists in an artist,” he said.