Ariana Grande appears to tackle to death of rapper Mac Miller in her haunting new track, ‘ghostin’.
The song comes from the pop powerhouse’s second album in six months, thank u, next.
Released today, the LP drops alongside the music video for the closing track ‘break up with your girlfriend, i’m bored’.
A devastating ballad of grief and regret, ‘ghostin’ seemingly details the impact of her highly-publicised split with ex-boyfriend Mac Miller, his tragic death and the effect it had on her relationship with former fiance Pete Davidson – check it out below.
The song seems to sample the instrumental of Miller’s Swimming track, ‘2009’.
While Grande hasn’t officially confirmed that the track is about Mac, the heartwrenching lyrics appear to detail her experience: “Though I wish he were here instead, Don’t want that living in your head, He just comes to visit me, When I’m dreaming every now and then … I know that it breaks your heart when I cry again, Over him, mmh, I know that it breaks your heart when I cry again, ‘Stead of ghostin’ him.”
‘ghostin’ has taken Twitter by storm – see fans reactions below.
— squidward tortellini (@saralazuli) February 8, 2019
— ryan ⚡️ (@ryansrep13) February 8, 2019
when i realized ghostin is about mac miller and has a similar instrumental to his song 2009 pic.twitter.com/BebL7pt6mE
— ethan (@mistxxke) February 8, 2019
‘you in my dreams thats why i’m sleeping all the time’ – cinderella.
‘he comes to visit me when i’m dreamin every now n then’ – ghostin.
— mariana (@icyfuls) February 8, 2019
wait is the song “ghostin” about Ariana Grande mourning Mac Miller and apologizing to Pete Davidson for having to see her in that state 👀 pic.twitter.com/b6GCFYlvgV
— Jason Bolaños (@JBinAV) February 8, 2019
Miller was found dead on the 7th of September, 2018 inside his San Fernando Valley home from an accidental overdose at just 26 years old.
Recently, a poignant mural for the late Pittsburgh rapper appeared in Brooklyn, NYC.
The two-toned image of Mac, titled “Filters”, aimed to represent how some may hide their struggled behind a fake exterior.
In the run-up to thank u, next’s release, Grande has voiced that the album as a way of coping with the turbulent events she endured in 2017.
In addition to the grief of Mac’s passing in September 2019, Ariana significant trauma just months before in May, when her Manchester concert was the target of a terrorist attack, killing 22 people.
Photo via Republic Records