In an interview that Ariana gave yesterday, she shared that her and her team actually made three iterations of the hit, all with different versions of the first verse which yes, is the one where Ariana name-drops all of her exes.
Ariana shares that in one version the first verse included no names at all, and was “just talking about what people say about me,” while the other two were based on her relationship with Pete. She says, “There’s a version where I was getting married, there’s a version where I’m not getting married.”
At the time, Ari wasn’t sure if her and Pete were going to get back together, so she recorded alternate lyrics just to be safe. “In my relationship at the time things were like up and down and on and off,” she says, “and so I didn’t know what was going to happen and then we got back together, so I had to make a different version of it, and then we broke up again, so we ended up going with that verse.”
She also adds that calling out her exes in the song was “a big risk.” Ari explains, “at the end of the day, these are people and relationships. It’s real shit to me. It is real life and I spent a lot of time with each of those people…it was scary to put in a song.”
Very interesting! And even though I’m all for Single Ari 2019, it would be crazy to hear the version of “thank u, next” where she marries Pete, right? Ari—can you please leak it??
Watch the full interview here: