Here's the reported reason why Ariana Grande has been hanging out with her exes recently
Hanging out with your ex - once the dust has settled and your hearts have both healed - can be a pretty enlightening experience, if you let it. After all, if you look at relationships as a metric for self-improvement, then going through your rogues' gallery is a great way of understanding how far you've come as a person.
Over the past couple of years, not many people will have gone through more relationship stress than Ariana Grande. Shortly after her breakup with Mac Miller (exacerbated by the rapper's tragic death), Ariana Grande went through a whirlwind relationship with SNL comedian Pete Davidson, which left them on the brink of marriage before the whole thing was called off.
Given that, you could forgive her for wanting to swear off men for the foreseeable future, but the 25-year-old singer has reportedly been spending time with a few of her exes, and there's a pretty good reason for that.
Grande, of course, is embarking on her Sweetener tour, the first leg of which kicked off in Albany, New York earlier this week. After the success of thank u, next, Grande's huge release toward the end of last year, you get the feeling that the songstress is on the cusp of something really special, and it seems as though Ariana realises that she's about to take on the next phase of life.
"After Thank U, Next came out, Ariana was really living her single life and being with her friends, learning about herself," explains a source close to Grande, speaking to Us Weekly about the musician. "But after a couple weeks, she was trying to figure out what went wrong with her past relationships."
So when Ariana Grande met up with Big Sean (who she dated from August 2014 to April 2015) and Ricky Alvarez (who was with Ariana from July 2015 to July 2016), it was more from a place of introspection than any attempts to get back together - Grande even name-checked the pair in the song Thank U, Next.
The source goes further in explaining Grande's logic, and you can't really argue with it, can you?
"She didn’t want any bad blood holding her back from the next phase of her life. She has reached out to her exes to have a positive place in her life right now and for peace of mind, so she can focus on herself and this tour, which is the only thing on her mind right now."
Ariana paid tribute to Mac Miller (who died last September of an overdose, four months after he and Grande broke up) in the first leg of her Sweetener tour, reportedly playing the song Dang! just before she hit the stage.
It's been a difficult couple of years for Ariana Grande, but if her latest album and her actions over the last couple of months have been any indication, she's ready for the next stage of her life.