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The Complete Timeline Of Ariana Grande’s Never-Ending Dramas

Darren August 11, 2023

Most people know Ariana Grande as simply one of the most successful pop stars on the planet. Songs like ‘Thank U, Next’ and ‘God is a Woman’ generated hundreds of millions of downloads. But Grande herself is a polarizing figure and isn’t always a good person. She’s no stranger to cheating and is involved in never-ending dramas.

Some people criticize her because she can act like a diva. Others don’t like the way she treats her boyfriends because there are multiple allegations of infidelity and cheating. Grande may seem like an inspiration to many young girls, but her many dramas will shock her fans. Check out her dramatic relationship history and misdeeds right here.


Graham Phillips – 2011

Phillips was Grande’s first famous boyfriend when the pair dated way back in 2011. They met when they worked together on the Broadway production, 13, and enjoyed a young romance. Remember, they were up-and-comers at the time and Grande was about 18 at the time. However, it still attracted headlines because everybody knew that she was going to go far.


There’s no official reason behind their break-up but the pair remained on good terms. They even met again for dinner in 2019 and raised their fans’ eyebrows. However, they insist that they’re just friends now and have nothing to hide. But that hasn’t stopped Grande from creating sordid drama before (via Capital FM).

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Jai Brooks – 2012

Brooks and Grande had an on-off relationship for a couple of years. She quickly developed a connection to the Australian YouTuber but it didn’t end well. Initially, it felt like Grande was the victim and Brooks didn’t care about her. But there are more reasons why they called it quits and we’ll look at these later.


One source told E News: “When her grandfather was dying, everyone was there for her. People flew to Florida to be with her, but Jai didn’t. Ariana just felt he wasn’t there like he should have been.” If this was true, it’s a bad situation for Grande and her ex. But another drama also helped to collapse this relationship.


You Stole My World – 2013

However, it emerged that there was another reason why Brooks and Grande’s relationship came to an acrimonious end. Allegedly, she cheated on him with Nathan Sykes. Ariana passionately denied this but where there’s smoke there’s a fire. Surprisingly, Sykes felt Brooks’ wrath instead of his cheating girlfriend.

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Brooks wrote the following message: “Nathan may be a top bloke or a sweet person, but what he did was just completely wrong. He interfered with my life and did not respect my relationship, his actions caused me to not be able to sleep at night and not see the world as a beautiful place (via Stylecaster)”

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Ariana and Nathan

One of the most interesting things that we can say about Sykes is that Grande didn’t sing about him in Thank U, Next. The British singer was a member of the popular boyband The Wanted. They met on the red carpet and she realized that she liked him when she saw him perform. Then they allegedly snuck around behind the scenes while Grande was still officially with Brooks.


However, the relationship didn’t go anywhere meaningful because of their schedules. They don’t hold any grudges because they were going in different directions. But they provoked several dramas because of how they began their relationship. Remember, Grande sings like an angel but she isn’t one (via Seventeen).

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The Mac and Nomi Break-Up (2013)

Mac Miller and Grande experienced more drama than a Broadway theater. The pair had one of the most tumultuous celebrity relationships in history and it came to a tragic end. But it reportedly began when they met for the first time in 2013. Allegedly, Miller’s then-girlfriend, Nomi Leasure broke up with him after he cheated on her.

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Once again, Ariana showed that she doesn’t mind being a homewrecker. They didn’t start dating properly and Nomi took Miller back for a few years before the same thing happened. There’s something about Grande that entrances men and makes them do dumb things. But she doesn’t care about anybody else’s feelings as long as she gets what she wants (via Us Magazine).

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Big Sean and Ariana – 2014

Grande and Big Sean began dating in 2014 and had another on-off relationship. She has a type and the rapper ticked all of the boxes. However, their time together was short and sweet as they broke up after less than a year. They had a strong attraction but went in different directions because of their careers.

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Ariana gushed about Big Sean when she confirmed that they started dating (via Entertainment Tonight). She said: “He is one of the most amazing men in the whole world, and that includes my grandfather and my brother. I think the world of him, and he’s an amazing person. That’s kind of all there is to it.”


Ricky Alvarez -2015

Grande and Alvarez dated for a year without major drama. However, he inspired her enough for her to write a pair of songs about their bond. Ariana said that she was taking time to focus on herself after a stream of relationships. He was also with her when she committed the infamous donut-licking scandal that damaged her reputation.


Alvarez has a romantic soul and reportedly took Grande on a nighttime hot-air balloon tour above the L.A. desert. She also constantly referred to him as a gentleman. But perhaps this bored her slightly because she has a history of being with bad boys. In the end, it wasn’t a shock that they split (via People).

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The Donut Licking Scandal – 2015

Ariana had a very strange controversy in 2015 when she went to Wolfee Donuts in California. She licked a batch when an employee wasn’t looking. Then she went on a bizarre Anti-American rant after the server brought a fresh tray. It was a weird drama and she later released a statement (via Us Magazine).


She wrote: “I’m EXTREMELY proud to be an American and I’ve always made it clear that I love my country. As an advocate for healthy eating, food is very important to me and I sometimes get upset by how freely we as Americans eat and consume things without giving any thought to the consequences that it has on our health and society as a whole.”


‘Smariana Schmande’ (2016)

We already talked about Grande and Big Sean’s relationship but a scandal emerged in 2016. Naya Rivera released her biography and divulged some tasty gossip. Fans learned that Grande was a homewrecker again after Rivera found her with Big Sean in their home. It’s a shocking detail and shows that the pop princess doesn’t care about creating dramas (via Hip Hop).

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Rivera wrote: “I walk in, go downstairs, and guess what little girl is sitting cross-legged on the couch listening to music?… It rhymes with ‘Smariana Schmande.” Allegedly, Big Sean gave Grande a key to his house and the pair snuck around behind Rivera’s back. It’s immoral and it would be shocking if a man did this to a woman. But Grande somehow gets a free pass.

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The Manchester Arena Bombing (2017)

This is the most tragic drama on this list and Grande was an innocent bystander. She was playing in the UK in Manchester Arena when a terrorist detonated several bombs outside. 23 people died including the bomber and this haunted Grande. But she responded brilliantly and held a charity concert for the victims.

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Grande went back to Mac Miller after this because she craved comfort. It’s not shocking because this was a traumatic experience for anybody to go through. Nobody knows what they’d do if such an extreme, shocking ordeal confronted them. But she did the best she can and deserves immense credit (via Sky News).

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Mac Miller… Again (2018)

Miller and Ariana reignited their relationship but it didn’t go well. He had serious drug problems and regularly went missing. There are several reports that Grande called their mutual friends as she desperately searched for her boyfriend. This drama didn’t help her mental health but she stuck by him until they finally broke up.

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Some critics also alleged that she pushed him past the brink and that’s why he overdosed. This is unbelievably cruel because there is no evidence to suggest this. There was another theory that we’ll talk about in a moment that paints her in a poorer light. Finally, he broke up with her before checking into rehab (via Billboard).


Ariana Cheats On Mac (2018)

Mac Miller discovered that Grande will cheat on anybody when he became the victim. He broke up with her on May 9 but by May 12 she was dating Pete Davidson. Immediately, the alarm bells began ringing and critical fans accused her of being unfaithful again. Grande passionately defended herself but couldn’t stop the drama from spilling over.


She tweeted (via Vogue): “He is one of my best friends in the whole world and my favorite person on the planet. 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!”


Mac’s Tragedy – 2018

Miller and Grande had many dramas over the years but it meant nothing in 2018. That’s because the rapper suffered a tragic fentanyl overdose and died at the tender age of 26. Yes, he had problems but this doesn’t mean that he was a bad person. It also had a profound impact on Grande who always loved him.

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She tweeted (via NME): “I can’t believe you aren’t here anymore, I really can’t wrap my head around it. We talked about this. So many times. I’m so mad; I’m so sad I don’t know what to do. You were my dearest friend. For so long, above anything else. I’m so sorry I couldn’t fix or take your pain away…I hope you’re okay now. Rest.”


Pete Davidson – 2018

Remarkably, Davidson has dated some of the most beautiful, powerful, and successful women on the planet. He’s on this list because of Ariana but he’s also had relationships with Kim Kardashian and Bridgerton star Phoebe Dynover. Rumors suggested that Grande snuck around with him before she officially broke up with Mac Miller.


Their whirlwind romance led to a quick engagement after mere weeks of dating. But they realized that this would be a terrible idea and split after another few months. This didn’t stop Grande from writing song lyrics about him and the world’s media from following their every move. Their relationship created plenty of drama (via People).

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Mikey Foster – 2019

Foster and Grande courted attention when they walked around Disneyland with linked arms. They collaborated on the song ‘Boyfriend’ and showed a lot of on-stage familiarity. This started some drama as fans predicted that they were dating. The biggest sign was the way they kissed like long-lost lovers in the music video.

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But while they share a mutual attraction they allegedly never dated properly. They held hands in public several times and enjoyed each other’s company but there were no expectations. Finally, after eight months, the reports stopped and it became evident that they weren’t together (via Harper’s Bazaar).

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Cultural Appropriation

Grande has received several complaints about cultural appropriation throughout her career. Some critics accused her of ‘Asian fishing’ in 2021 because of her lidded make-up and new long black hair. This was similar to South Korean models while she also had Japanese kanji tattoos on her fingers.


Her detractors mocked her for the latter because the symbols didn’t make sense. Earlier in her career, people called her out for ‘black-fishing’ because of her style. Grande insists that she pays tribute to different cultures and deleted Instagram photos after an online backlash. Maybe it’s unfair but the Internet is a harsh place (via The Pace Place).

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Thank U, Next (2019)

Big Sean and Grande ignited several dramas in 2019 when pictures emerged of them together again. Fans instantly theorized that they had reignited their relationship. They argued after Big Sean wrote some explicit lyrics about Grande that embarrassed her. But they repaired their damaged connection.

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However, Grande’s camp squashed the rumors and dramas. A source told StyleCaster: “She still thinks he is sweet, cute, and sexy, but she is not getting back in a relationship with him, she’s busy working, touring and after the rough year she had, she is focusing on herself and her career.”

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Dalton the Dog (2023)

After less than two years of marriage, it was clear that there was trouble in paradise. Rumors swirled that Dalton Gomez was acting single and traveling to London to meet female Tiktokkers. Allegedly, he was cheating on Grande because they no longer wanted to be together after a change in their relationship.


This threw cold water on their marriage and some people theorized it’s why she began sneaking around with Ethan Slater. But the drama captivated her fans who couldn’t believe that things fell apart so badly. Gomez and Grande kept their relationship very private until it couldn’t stay that way any longer (via Talent Recap).

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Double-Dates – 2023

Ethan Slater and Grande raised eyebrows in 2023 when rumors broke that they were dating. However, Slater appeared to be in a happy relationship but we know Grande’s history. She doesn’t care about being a homewrecker because she’s an inherently selfish person. Maybe she doesn’t think that she’s doing anything wrong but it hurts the other people.

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Reportedly, they demonstrated public displays of affection when they worked together on Wicked. “Ariana and Ethan weren’t careful,” a source said (via Mercury News). “They’d hold hands on set in between takes.” But they acted as if nothing was happening until they finally confirmed that they were official.

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The Other Woman – 2023

It didn’t matter that Ethan Slater had a wife and a newborn baby. Grande decided that the Wicked actor was the man that she wanted. Slater deserves immense criticism here too because he showed that he’s a terrible person. Grande wrecks homes like a demolition ball.


Finally, in 2023, the pair confirmed that they were officially in a relationship. One source explained: “Ariana and Ethan have only recently begun seeing each other but they have a lot of fun together and are enjoying each other’s company (via Cosmopolitan). Many people think that karma will catch up to them.