It's been five months since Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson ended their engagement.
These days, Pete is (somehow) dating Kate Beckinsale, and Ariana has achieved a level of zen-like enlightenment that she's channeled into a hit song in which she expresses gratitude to her exes and then graciously move on.
But while the principal players in this whirlwind romance both seem to have moved on with impressive speed, for many fans, questions remain about what exactly went down between these two.
As far as anyone can tell, Ariana dumped Pete.
And in other, equally shocking news, water is wet, the Pope Catholic, etc.
But why? Ari was so head over heels for Pete that the two of them were rocking engagement rings and matching tattoos by the end of their first month of dating.
What could have caused such an abrupt change of heart after such a passionate first act?
Well, as you may know, Pete's struggles with mental illness are well documented, and it seems Ari may have reached the decision that at this time, she's ill-equipped to provide the comic with the kind of support he needs.
At least that's the conclusion fans have jumped to based on Ari's latest Instagram post.
The singer's Instagram Story currently features a long quote by author Horacio Jones.
The excerpt comes from a piece entitled "Letting Someone Go," and it reads as follows:
"Sometimes, the reason for letting someone go is because they can’t help but hurt you during this phase of their life. When you love someone deeply, you learn what demons live within them."
"You realize they are hurting you because they are hurting somewhere within themselves. They are fighting a battle within and may not even know it, so they take it out on you and fight you.”
"Decide to let them go, but not because you’re being petty and resentful. You let them go because you really believe that the both of you can find the healing you truly need without being together and hurting each other in the process,"
"Letting someone go doesn’t mean you stop loving and caring about anyone. Letting go means you’re choosing freedom over the illusion of loyalty.”
Obviously, Ariana never mentions Pete by name in the post, but her followers feel it's quite clear what situation she's referring to.
Davidson has been to rehab multiple times in the past two years, and in December, he threatened to commit suicide in a terrifying Instagram post.
Every case is different, but most mental health professionals would probably advise Pete to refrain from kicking off any new romantic relationships at the moment, particularly those of the high-profile, breakneck pace variety.
Ari may have realized that Pete needed some time to sort himself out -- and either he accomplished that feat very quickly, or Kate Beckinsale deserves our thoughts and prayers.