It's been less than a week since the world learned that Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson have called off their engagement and ended their relationship.
Neither party has spoken publicly about the split yet, but that hasn't prevented the public from running wild with speculation about what might have caused the breakup.
On Tuesday, a shocking allegation against Davidson began to circulate on social media.
Believe it or not, multiple outlets are now reporting that Grande ended the relationship after learning that Pete had sent explicit photos of the singer to her ex, Mac Miller.
The goal, sources say, was to convince Miller that he should abandon any hope of a possible reconciliation with Grande.
The accusation is particularly shocking in the wake of Miller's death by overdose last month.
It's important to repeat that the allegations against Davidson are the result of unconfirmed rumors, and for obvious reasons, we hope they're eventually debunked.
But even if the rumors are disproven, they serve as a potent reminder of how much harder a breakup can be when it takes place in the public eye.
So it's not at all surprising that Grande has decided to take a hiatus from social media until such time as interest in her defunct relationship with Davidson begins to die down.
"Ok today was v special and i’m so grateful i was able to be there,” Grande wrote on Instagram earlier this week, referring to an NBC Halloween special she had participated in that day.
"Time to say bye bye again to the internet for just a lil bit,” the singer continued.
“It’s hard not to bump news n stuff that I’m not trying to see rn. It’s very sad and we’re all tryin very hard to keep going. love u. and thank u for bein here always."
Fans immediately began to speculate that the decision was a result ar Ari's chagrin over the latest rumors about her ex.
That may be the case, but it's equally possible that she's simply tired of reading about her latest breakup every time she goes online.
It remains to be seen if Pete and Ariana will attempt a reconciliation, but it's worth noting that folks who worked with Ariana at NBC this week confirmed that she was not wearing her wedding ring.