Ariana Grande has released the official, Mean Girls-inspired video for her hit single “thank u, next”.
The video takes its inspiration from a handful of early 2000’s modern cult-classics, such Mean Girls — which starred Lindsey Lohan, Rachel McAdams, Tina Fey, and Amanda Seyfried — 13 Going On 30, Bring It Home, and Legally Blonde.
“thank u, next” — the lead single off of Grande’s upcoming studio album Thank U, Next — was first released on November 3 without any prior promotion from Grande.
The video also includes numerous references to Ariana Grande‘s ex-boyfriends, including Pete Davidson.
You first see Ricky Álvarez’s page. It shows a photo of the two in the middle. On the side it says, “Ricky” in a heart, “great dancer,” “good times, man” and “friends forever.” Clearly, there are no hard feelings over their break up.
Then you quickly get a glimpse at Big Sean’s page. It shows a photo of the two kissing while on the red carpet. On the side of the page it says, “Sean” in a big heart followed by “so cute so sweet.” Underneath in parenthesis she wrote, “could still get it.”
Then afterward you get a view of Pete Davidson’s page. At first, it shows Ariana gluing down the photo of the two. On the side it says “Pete” in a heart and “I love u always.”
Grande didn’t show a page for her late ex-boyfriend Mac Miller. When she sang his lyric she simply just looked up to the ceiling.
At this time, there is no word when the full Thank U, Next album — Ariana’s fifth — will be released. The album is a follow-up to her fourth studio album, 2018’s Sweetener.
However, while there may not be a release date for the album, Grande confirmed that her 2019 Sweetener World Tour would be in support of both Sweetener and Thank U, Next.