After nearly fives months of romance, Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson have parted ways and called off their engagement.
According to TMZ and People, the pop star and Saturday Night Live comedian — who started dating in May — mutually agreed to the split, indicating that the timing was off for their relationship to develop and that they still deeply care about each other. (Billboard has reached out to representatives for both Grande and Davidson.)
Grande was scheduled to appear at a F–k Cancer benefit on Saturday (Oct. 14) but canceled her performance at the fundraiser for Barbara Berlanti Heroes Gala. Scooter Braun, her manager, alluded to the difficult time Grande is going through in a speech he delivered at the event according to E! News. (In addition to the end of her relationship with Davidson, Grande was deeply affected by the sudden death of her ex-boyfriend, Mac Miller, in September.)
“One of the most amazing things about this organization is that they help people when they’re having the worst moments in their life, and they give sympathy and a calm nature to people in need in those moments,” Braun said. “And you saw your invite, someone I’m very close to was supposed to come sing for you today, and because of things that she’s going through, she couldn’t be here today… my wife, being who she always is, just looked at me and she goes, ‘She needs this time.'”
A Timeline of Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson’s Relationship
Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson have called it quits after five months, TMZ first reported on Sunday (Oct. 14) and Billboard confirmed. The whirlwind relationship involved an engagement, living together in a New York apartment, an adorable teacup piglet named Piggy Smalls and more.
Although the engagement is off, the two remain on good terms, and chalk up the breakup to a timing issue between the two. Below, read the timeline of Grande and Davidson’s relationship.
Grande and Davidson Meet For The First Time on SNL – 2016
Grande hosts Saturday Night Live on this day in March 2016, and meets Davidson for the first time. Notably, after her monologue, Davidson pops up and asks if Grande wants to go “smoke some weed.”
Wait, What’s All This About Clouds? – May 12, 2018
It takes a few years, and a highly publicized breakup on the pop star’s part, but the intrigue truly begins when Grande is photographed at a Saturday Night Live after party with the exact same cloud-shaped phone case as Davidson.
More Cloud-Shaped Hints – May 14, 2018
Grande proceeds to post that same cloud in emoji form on an Instagram photo. Is it a coincidence?
Davidson Gets a Cloud Tattooed on His Knuckles – May 17, 2018
126.3k Likes, 4,184 Comments – Pete Davidson (@petedavidson) on Instagram: “still trash”
The precipitation-based hints keep coming. Davidson posts a selfie with his hand covering his face — and a freshly inked cloud on one of his knuckles. Could it be?
Bossip Reports It’s Official – May 18, 2018
The rumors are true! Specifically, Bossip reports that the two were seeing each other — and liking each other’s posts on Instagram much more often.
Davidson and Grande Get Cozy at Billboard Music Awards – May 20, 2018
— Chelsea —- (@ilovemoonlightt) May 21, 2018
A fan-shot video at the Billboard Music Awards clearly shows Davidson hanging tough with Grande’s camp. Eagle-eyed fans even spot a matching cloud tattoo on Grande’s finger.
A Very Hogwarts Couples Announcement – May 30, 2018
What better way to announce your official couplehood than giving it a Hogwarts twist? Davidson, a Gryffindor, captions this photo “the chamber of secrets is open,” while Grande comments, “You tryna slytherin.”
Davidson Makes it Permanent – June 2, 2018
Davidson gets more ink than just the cloud — an “AG” on his thumb and, as pictured, a new set of bunny ears on his neck.
Davidson and Grande Adorably Compare Their Potter Knowledge – June 7, 2018
The nerd-romance continues with a video in which Davidson defends his Harry Potter knowledge. Does it get cuter?!
Grande Rebrands Her IG as “Pete Davidson Update Account” – June 9, 2018
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Grande really leans into the idea of transforming her Instagram account into a “Pete Davidson update account.” “Stay tuned for more,” she explains. “Pete follows/comments sometimes.”
The Engagement Announcement – June 11, 2018
After an eerie silence over the weekend, the news broke: Ari and Pete are engaged.
Roommates – June 17, 2018
A week after the engagement news goes public, it appears that the two have moved in together into an apartment in Chelsea. Teasing the news via Instagram, Grande sets the Twitterverse ablaze with the big step in the relationship.
Davidson Celebrates Grande’s Birthday With Sweet IG Post – June 26, 2018
Davidson shows his love for his fiancée with not one but two posts on Instagram. “Happy birthday to the most precious angel on earth,” reads the caption, in part. “You’re my favorite person that has ever existed :)” Unfortunately, Davidson has since deleted his IG following the split.
Grande Honors Davidson’s Father With New Tattoo – June 29, 2018
Grande is photographed with a new tattoo of the number “8418” on her foot. Although the new ink sparks rumors of an Aug. 4 wedding date, it is actually a tribute to the badge number worn by Davidson’s father, who died on 9/11. Davidson sports the same number on his arm.
Davidson Debuts a New Blond Look – July 2, 2018
Seemingly for an upcoming role in the film Big Time Adolescence, Davidson bleaches his hair blond. Clearly, Grande is a fan of the look, commenting on his Instagram post, “so sick. i’m so excited for u bye. come to bed.”
Davidson Gifts Grande Gold Pendant With Father’s Badge Number – July 14, 2018
A few weeks after Grande steps out with her tributary foot tattoo, Davidson giftshis fiancée a gold pendant bearing his father’s FDNY badge number.
Davidson Shares the Couple’s Love Story in GQ Interview – August 16, 2018
In an interview with GQ, Davidson talks candidly about the quick-paced nature of his relationship with Grande. “The day I met her, I was like, ‘Hey I’ll marry you tomorrow,’ ” he says. “She was calling my bluff. I sent her a picture [of engagement rings].”
Grande Thanks Davidson For Existing – August 20, 2018
Grande is one of the biggest talking points from the 2018 VMAs: in addition to her Last Supper-esque “God Is a Woman” live performance, she wins best pop video for “No Tears Left to Cry.” During the acceptance speech, she goes through her list of thank yous, notably thanking Davidson for simply existing.
— MTV (@MTV) August 21, 2018
Davidson and Grande Become Co-Parents of a Pet Pig – September 16, 2018
Pictures first surface of Grande with an adorable little pet pig that quickly becomes a social media darling. Named Piggy Smalls — an obvious tribute to The Notorious B.I.G.’s nickname, Biggie Smalls — the snout-nosed friend stars in an unofficial music video for “breathin.”
Grande Sparks Concern With Vague Tweets – September 27, 2018
After a string of stressed tweets, Grande’s fans begin to worry about the songstress. “can i pls have one okay day. just one. pls,” she writes on Twitter. Another reads, “i’m so fucking tired.” She concludes the thread with, “just wake me up when i’m supposed to sing or whatever. peace.”
Davidson Talks About the Relationship on SNL – September 29, 2018
In a Season 44 SNL premiere that will best be remembered for a lengthy and unplanned Kanye rant after the cameras stopped rolling, Davidson appears on the Weekend Update segment to talk about Grande. During the conversation, he discusses pre-nuptial agreements, royalty payments and even how he received death threats due to the relationship.
A Tattoo Cover-Up and More Concerns – October 8, 2018
Davidson is photographed at Yankee Stadium with a new heart tattoo on his neck. While to the uneducated eye this may just look like new ink, it concerns some because it covers up the bunny ears tattoo he got as a tribute to Grande’s Dangerous Woman.
The End of the Relationship – October 14, 2018
Grande and Davidson part ways nearly five months after the start of their relationship, with sources telling TMZ and People that the split was mutual and that they both felt the timing wasn’t right.