When Ariana Grande performed "Love Me Harder" on Saturday Night Live back in September, critics immediately declared it her most mature, compelling performance to date.
Today, Ari dropped a video for the second single off of her My Everything album, and we think it’s safe to say the former Nickelodeon star is definitely all grown up:
Yes, Ariana’s cat ears have been a source of controversy in the past, but we doubt people will be talking about her choice of headgear after watching this clip.
While the video for Ariana and Iggy Azalea’s "Problem" was certainly a departure from Grande’s earlier, more kid-friendly fare, "Love Me Harder" is by far the pop star’s most grown-up work thus far.
Aside from brief shots of collaborator The Weeknd, the entire video consists of nothing but Ari striking various sexual poses in a dusty mansion.
Ariana may be cutting ties with her child star past in a slightly more subtle way than, say, Miley Cyrus, but the message is just as clear.
Ariana is dating Big Sean these days. Both parties recently confirmed their relationship following months of rumors. The two have been gushing about one another non-stop, and their romance is clearly moving quickly.
From the way he’s been talking about her, we didn’t think Sean could be any more head-over-heels for Ariana, but after seeing this video he’ll probably be ready to love her harder.