Pete Davidson and Ariana Grande broke up, and judging by the internet’s reaction, this news is about as shocking as rubbing your socks on the carpet and touching a wet sponge. The reason for said anti-shock, one could argue, is based on the couple's brief but fiery history. They started dating in May, got engaged in June and have been extremely public about their relationship and affection for each other on social media.
Let’s start with tragedy, which has unfairly followed Ariana Grande over the past year. After the suicide bombing that left over 22 people dead at one of her concerts in Manchester, Grande suffered from PTSD and depression. This horrific event and its psychological aftermath was followed a year later by her breakup with rapper and then-boyfriend of two years Mac Miller.
Fans of Ariana Grande, whose appeal stretches far into the mainstream, made it clear they were offended by Davidson’s macabre sense of humor, the majority of them not knowing who he even was before he started dating their favorite musician. The shadow of Grande’s past relationship with Mac Miller also baffled fans. How could the "Side to Side" star go from dating one of the biggest rap stars in the world to—and we're quoting one of the less-vitriolic tweets about Davidson—a “C-list, offensive comedian"? It was celebrity classism, with the public appalled that the princess was engaged to the town jester.
The two could have split because they couldn’t agree on whether Venom was a good movie or not. And honestly, it’d make me feel better knowing that was the reason.
I’m not saying there weren’t some in support of the relationship, but a large majority had reached a consensus, or rather, a demand: End it. Then, not more than a few months after Davidson and Grande announced their engagement, Mac Miller dies at the age of 26. It was a tragic end for a young talent whose demons got the best of him, causing a massive shock to the entertainment industry and the public, with Grande opening up about her grief as well. Having so much tragedy suffocate you in such a short amount of time would likely put a strain on even the strongest relationship, but add on being constantly and unjustifiably harassed on social media for actually being the cause of your ex’s death, and you get the first sentence of this article.
It’s a shame that tragedy and public disapproval quickly extinguished this swelling fire, but then again, this is all conjecture, and the two could have split because they couldn’t agree on whether Venom was a good movie or not. And honestly, it’d make me feel better knowing that was the reason, and that they weren't affected by a timeless, deeply rooted flaw in our society in regards to celebrity. One can only hope.