Ariana Grande is leaving the challenges of 2023 in the rearview mirror. In a recent Instagram story, the renowned “Thank U, Next” singer reflected on what she described as a “transformative” and “challenging” year, marked by a divorce and swirling cheating rumors.
Sharing her thoughts on the past year, Grande expressed that it was one of the most significant periods of her life, embracing a mix of emotions. She acknowledged the beauty amid polarized feelings and highlighted her sense of fulfillment and presence in her work, savoring each moment.
The highs and lows of the year included the commencement of filming for the movie adaptation of the hit Broadway musical “Wicked” and the end of her two-year marriage to Dalton Gomez. Following her divorce announcement in September, rumors circulated about a possible relationship with her “Wicked” co-star, Ethan Slater, known for his role in “SpongeBob SquarePants: The Broadway Musical.” Sources revealed the couple had been separated earlier in the year, but public attention heightened when Grande was seen without her ring at Wimbledon in July.
Speculation about Grande and Slater’s relationship starting while they were still with their respective partners fueled the media frenzy. Slater filed for divorce from Lilly Jay in July, adding another layer to the unfolding narrative.
In the face of misunderstandings and whispers, Grande expressed her pride, joy, and love, coupled with the challenge of feeling deeply misunderstood. She discerned the importance of genuine support and protection from those who truly understand and love her, committing to channeling energy only toward deserving matters while shielding herself from unnecessary negativity.
Reflecting on the past year, Grande acknowledged the lessons learned not only from media speculation but also from the collaborations with “brilliant, beautiful souls” in the artistic realm. She expressed eternal gratitude for the profound emotions experienced, both challenging and joyous, making her feel more human, deeply connected, softer, and stronger simultaneously.
In closing, Grande extended New Year wishes to her followers, encouraging anyone feeling misunderstood or alone to remember that such feelings are transient and that they are profoundly loved. Alongside Slater, Grande is set to star in “Wicked” alongside Cynthia Erivo, Jonathan Bailey, Michelle Yeoh, and Bowen Yang. The eagerly awaited “Wicked” movie’s first part is scheduled for release in theaters in November 2024.