Ariana Grande’s new song teaches us the joy of ex

In Thank U, Next, Grande eschews slagging off past loves in favour of thanking them. It’s a philosophy to aspire to

To see how far the genre of “ex diss tracks” has come, you only need to listen to Ariana Grande’s new single, Thank U, Next, released just after she broke up with her fiance, Saturday Night Live’s Pete Davidson. In it, Grande thanks all her past loves for the part they played in the creation of the “so amazing” Ariana 2.0: “One taught me love / One taught me patience / And one taught me pain … I’ve loved and I’ve lost / But that’s not what I see / Look what I got / Look what you taught me.”

The music press applauded the single as a welcome new spin on the scorned lovers’ songs of old (Eamon and Frankee, we’re looking at you), with Pitchfork calling it an “eloquent display of inner strength”. On Twitter, its message of self-discovery and forgiveness was quickly embraced as a meme, linking noteworthy exes in popular culture with lessons learned.

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