Ariana Grande may have been the victim of some unwanted flirting by Justin Bieber. Through the comment sections of social media, Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, and her boyfriend, Ricky Alvarez, engaged in some not so nice messages that may hint at some undercurrents in their friendships.
Ariana Grande has been dating Ricky Alvarez since the summer of 2015 when he was a backup dancer on her tour. As Hollywood Life reports, the two were quick to show their intimate side on stage, going so far as to kiss during a dance routine.
As for how Justin Bieber fits into the equation, he has been friends with Ariana Grande since they toured together on Justin Bieber’s 2013 Believe Tour. There’s also a mutual acquaintance between Justin Bieber and Ricky Alvarez. They are both friends with music video director Alfredo Flores.
So what exactly happened between these young stars, who given their shared past, should all be friendly?
It started with a playful video that Ariana Grande posted to her Instagram account. In the short clip, Ariana Grande is in fully made up and decides to pucker for the camera. She gives the camera a giant kiss and then added in a bubble and a popping noise.
Most of the comments for the video commented on how good she looked, and apparently Justin Bieber thought the same thing. Justin Bieber took to the comments section to write, “D*** Ariana, u look so good.”
Whether this comment was meant in the vein of friendship, or wanting more is unclear. But whatever the case Ariana Grande’s boyfriend wasn’t taking any chances. Ricky Alvarez quickly responded to Justin Bieber saying “keep looking player… I already told you she does.”
The comment from Ricky Alvarez was clearly a message to Justin Bieber, but its brevity left many wondering what the full meaning was.
To add to the situation was a similarly cryptic comment from Ariana, this time on her Twitter account. On the same day, Ariana tweeted, “Not today satan!!!!!! gtg finish this music & live my cute, drama free life!!”
In this instance it seems like Satan is Justin Bieber; harsh words to write about a friend.
Since these posts happened, there has been no response from Justin Bieber.
Ariana Grande has had Ricky Alvarez by her side for some time, including in September 2015 when the pop singer launched her own fragrance entitled Ari by Ariana Grande. According to the Daily Mail, Ariana Grande describes her eau de toilette as an almost edible treat.
“It’s really sweet, there’s a little bit of marshmallow and a little bit of raspberry.”
The album overall is also a step in a new direction for Ariana Grande, calling it “the most personal music I’ve ever written.”
Ariana Grande may indeed have no time for a life of drama. Her new album, which has been in the works for quite some time, was originally supposed to be titled Moonlight. However, as Billboard reports, the album might have a new name. Ariana Grande was on Jimmy Kimmel Live last week and said as much.
“A really long time ago I was convinced that it was going to be called Moonlight because it’s one of my favorite songs that we did for the album. And now, as we’re wrapping things up, of course I’ve been writing and singing, we’re at the final stretch…now there’s this other song that has thrown me for a whirlwind and I love it so much, it’s changed everything,”
As Ariana Grande readies to release her third album, it looks like she’s doing her best to ignore any distractions, even from Justin Bieber.
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