"We had like three different versions of the song”
Ariana Grande has revealed how she recorded a “married” version of ‘Thank U, Next’ after creating the track during her short-lived engagement to Pete Davidson.
The singer, who also namechecks the likes of Big Sean and the late Mac Miller on the track, recorded the hit single at a time of uncertainty during her relationship with the SNL comedian.
While the final cut sees Ariana admitting that she is “thankful” to have dated Davidson, it could’ve sounded very different if she had ended up tying the knot with him.
“We had like three different versions of the song,” Grande revealed during an interview on the Zach Sang Show.
“I’m like super shy when it comes to pitching wild things, so I was like, ‘Is it insane if I name people and thank them directly in the song?”
“In my relationship at the time, things were like up and down and on and off, and so I didn’t know what was going to happen and then we got back together. So I had to make a different version of it, and then we broke up again, so we ended up going with that verse,” Grande explained.
“There’s a version where I was getting married, there’s a version where I’m not getting married, there’s a version with nothing. We’re not talking about anything, but we all knew that the first version was gonna be the version we ultimately went with.
“I spent a lot of time with each of those people, learning and [bleeped expletive],” Ariana said as she began to tear up. “It was scary to put in a song.”
The track is taken directly from Ariana’s album of the same name – which arrived last week.
In a four-star review, NME wrote: “Grande is someone who knows trauma inside out, given her recent experiences. Her latest album, ‘Thank U, Next’, is a kind of tribute to that and to resilience and finding strength in the darkest of moments.
“It could easily be a self-pitying album, one ready to dwell in the wreckage of incidents, but instead keeps picking up and moving on; providing a guide to how to keep on keeping on even when it feels like whatever you do is going to end in devastation.”