Ariana Grande Recorded Different Versions of 'Thank U, Next' in Case She Married Pete Davidson
by Kristine Sage
A month ago
“Thank U, Next” easily became the anthem of the year when Ariana Grande released it, making it her first Number One on the Billboard Hot 100. The track proved her ultimate talent in songwriting and rap-singing. In the song, Grande included real names of her exes, and inspired her to experiment with different lyrics.
She wrote three different versions, but Grande figured she needed to try different approaches. She was careful not to mention Pete Davidson’s name, because it alluded to a potential marriage that affected 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. 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 f**king,” Ariana said, “It was scary to put it in a song.”