It's been nearly three months now since Mac Miller died of an accidental overdose ...
It's still terribly sad, right?
He was so young, and for him to have dealt with such a serious addiction for so much of his life is just heartbreaking.
It's also heartbreaking to think about how his loved ones, including ex Ariana Grande, have been dealing with this loss.
But unfortunately, not everyone has a heart, and some of those people have been criticizing Ariana for the things she's said about Mac's death.
And this weekend, she finally went off about it.
The Real Facts
OK, so Ariana Grande is an absolute gem of a human being, right? Let's just state that right away.
She's SO talented, and she's always been so sweet to her fans.
... And This
She's also had some pretty high profile relationships.
Back in May, she began dating Pete Davidson, and a few weeks later, they were engaged.
Thankfully they didn't follow up that fast engagement with a fast wedding -- last month, they broke up, and it has been a particularly pretty one.
But before she dated Pete, she dated Mac Miller, and that's what we're going to be focusing on today (sorry, Pete).
Ariana recorded a song with Mac Miller all the way back in 2012, and while they were close friends for several years, they didn't begin dating until 2016.
They were together for two years, but in May of this year, reports began circulating that they'd broken up, and Ariana confirmed it with the sweetest statement.
"This is one of my best friends in the whole world and favorite people on the planet,” she wrote in an Instagram post at the time. “I respect and adore him endlessly and am grateful to have him in my life in any form, at all times regardless of how our relationship changes or what the universe holds for each of us!”
That was very lovely, but even then, people were blaming her for his bad behavior -- when he got a DUI shortly after the breakup, some people blamed her for breaking his heart and forcing him into those poor choices.
Ariana argued against that line of thinking by tweeting that "I am not a babysitter or a mother and no woman should feel that they need to be. I have cared for him and tried to support his sobriety and prayed for his balance for years (and always will of course)."
She never admitted this directly, but it feels pretty safe to say that she broke up with him because of his drug problem -- and that's totally fair.
It's also fair that she moved on with Pete, and that when Mac was found dead in his home in September, she had a whole lot of feelings about it.
Reports claimed that she was absolutely devastated by the news, and when she broke up with Pete, many people believed that Mac's death had something to do with it.
She hasn't been very open about the whole thing -- beyond posting a few photos and videos of him on social media, she's not really said much at all.
And Then There Was Thanksgiving
But on Thanksgiving, she shared an old photo of the former couple and added the caption "you're v missed."
And apparently that was wrong of her?
... Does she, though? Why, because she posted a picture and mentioned him once very briefly in a new song?
Again, how? We imagine that she'll be dealing with her emotions from his passing on her new album, but it's not like that album wouldn't be insanely successful anyway.
Do these people not realize that Ariana was super famous before she even met Mac Miller, and that if she'd never met him, she'd STILL be this famous?
Just ... no. No to all of this.
This person claimed that Ariana has been milking Mac's death, which seems to be the general idea these haters have.
And Ariana did not appreciate that.
"i pray you never have to deal with anything like this ever and i’m sending you peace and love," she responded, because she's classy like that.
"some of the sh-t i read on here makes me sick to my stomach," she continued. "it scares me the way some people think and i don’t like this world a lot of the time. if only we could be more compassionate and gentle with one another. that’d be sick."
"Like f-ck," she wrote.
"Everything i feel is valid and safe," Ariana wisely said. "Everything i do is genuine and honest. there is no right or wrong during this period."
She then told her followers that she'd be logging off Twitter for a while, and when one of her fans was supportive, she replied with "f-ck. y’all really make me wanna stay. imma go tho for a min. it’s too gnarly on here. i’ll be back tho. love u bye."
Disappointed in You, Humanity
Honestly, it's so sad that she's not getting any compassion from so many people -- she deserves, as do all of Mac's loved ones, as does Mac himself.
You Do You, Ariana
Thankfully, many of us have no real idea what it would be like to be 25 years old and to lose such a close friend, and most of us don't understand the added pressures of dealing with that loss in the spotlight.
Come On Now
So how about we all just let her deal with it however she needs to deal with it, with no snide remarks or negative comments, OK?