Last year, Ariana topped the charts on both sides of the Atlantic with her surprise release Thank U, Next, in which she reflected on the lessons her past boyfriends had taught her, including ex-fiancé Pete and her late ex-boyfriend Mac Miller.
However, she’s now revealed that her romance with the Saturday Night Live comedian was so on-off towards the end of their relationship, she had to record multiple versions of the song with lyrical tweaks in case they ended up back together.
She told The Zach Sang Show: “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 [after Thank U, Next was complete].
“So I had to make a different version of it, and then we broke up again, so we ended up going with [the first version].”
Ariana added: “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.”
Rapper Big Sean and former backing dancer Ricky Alvarez are also mentioned by name in the song, with Ariana claiming they were both happy to be referenced.
Thank U, Next served as the lead single and title track from Ariana’s fifth album, which was released last week.
The album has already gone down a storm with fans, and was her second release in the space of six months, with Sweetener debuting in August last year.
Read our review of Thank U, Next here.