Early in 2015, Ariana Grande and Big Sean were one of the “it” couples in showbiz. Together, they helped propel their careers to new heights, with Big Sean making cameo appearances at every Ariana Grande concert as she toured behind her successful sophomore album, My Everything.
But much to the fans chagrin, the couple broke up last spring, as reported by Perez Hilton, and things haven’t been the same since. Big Sean has gone on to release critically and commercially successful music, but his star has taken a bit a of hit since the duo parted ways.
And Ariana Grande went through one of the biggest, most talked about PR nightmares when she angered the entire country behind her donut-licking, anti-America rant last year. The couple, it seemed, worked better when they were, you know, a couple.
So what are the odds Ariana Grande and Big Sean might make amends and get back together in 2016? Unfortunately for Arinators everywhere, not too good. And here are the reasons why.
First, both Big Sean and Ariana Grande have taken several, post-breakup shots at each other. And while that may be common immediately following a break-up, the shade keeps getting thrown even today. According to Direct Lyrics, Big Sean’s latest radio song, “What A Year,” takes a subtle dig at his ex.
“To whom it may concern: 2015 was the best year of my life, we counted a lot more wins than losses … and to me, that’s worth more than d**n near anything – SEAN”, the 27-year-old rapper wrote on the official cover art for his new song. Unbeknownst to the rest of the world of course, is whether Sean considers breaking up with Ariana a “win” or a “loss,” though in this case, it seems he thinks it was a win. This is backed up by the verse in “What A Year” where Big Sean mentions that he likes “young girls, but not girls young-minded.” It’s hard not to put the pieces together that he’s talking about Grande.
And speaking of Ariana, she too has made mention that breaking up with Big Sean wasn’t too difficult. In an interview with V Magazine, Scream Queens creator Ryan Murphy, where Grande appeared in Season 1, answered questions about the breakup with Big Sean.
“I’m good at making the best out of something. It also wasn’t that hard for me, because we were friends. So it’s chill.”
She also takes what might be considered the biggest shot at Sean when she describes the type of music she’s making on her new album, Moonlight. As opposed to Big Sean, who seemingly went out of his way to include a dig at Ariana in “What A Year,” it’s the exclusion of any lyrics related to the breakup that speaks volumes.
“You know, people found out quite a while after it actually happened. By the time I was writing the new album, I had kind of moved on. It’s not going to be captured on the album too much. I’m in a happy place. There aren’t any breakup anthems because I had moved on.”
When pressed further, Ariana didn’t hesitate to go into more detail.
I’ve been feeling a lot more empowered, and grown up, and independent. I think that’s part of the reason I didn’t want to make a pissed-off break-up song. I was not focused on that. Everything is nice and great right now … why would I write about some bulls**t? I’d rather write about some really lovely things that are going on.”
And for Ariana Grande, that does not include reconciling with Big Sean any time soon.
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