Cardi B Deactivated Instagram After Calling Out Her Critics: ‘I’m Sick Of This Shit’

Pour one out for Cardi B‘s Instagram.

Fresh off her historic Grammy win for Best Rap Album — which she sweetly decided to share with Mac Miller — the Invasion of Privacy rapper deactivated her account after receiving an onslaught of backlash. She didn’t disappear quietly, though — in a now-deleted video posted before her IG exit, Cardi ripped into detractors who said she didn’t deserve the prize.

“It’s not my style for people to put other people down to uplift somebody else. That’s not my style and that’s not what I’m with and I don’t support that,” she began, likely referencing the dig BET made at Nicki Minaj after Sunday’s awards show. “However, I’ve been taking a lot of shit today. I’m seeing a lot of bullshit today and I saw a lot of shit last night, and I’m sick of this shit. I worked hard for my motherfucking album.”

She continued, “I remember last year when I didn’t win for ‘Bodak Yellow’ and everybody was like, ‘Cardi got snubbed.’ Now this year’s a fucking problem?! My album went two-time platinum.”

Defending this year’s win, Cardi noted how she “worked her ass off” and spent endless hours in the studio, despite being pregnant with her now-7-month-old daughter, Kulture.

“I locked myself in the studio for three months. Didn’t go to sleep in my bed sometimes for four days straight — pregnant!” she explained, reminding fans that she was also facing backlash from people who told her she was “stupid” for having a baby just as her career was taking off.

This isn’t the first time Cardi has expunged her Instagram, but her choice to do so this time comes as kind of a shock, after such an epic weekend. For now, at least, we still have her reliably entertaining Twitter account, as well as Offset’s IG, which has been doling out fascinating content like footage of Cardi giving birth.

21 Savage Has Finally Been Released From ICE Custody On Bond

21 Savage (born Shéyaa Bin Abraham-Joseph) has finally been released from detainment by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement on bond, reports TMZ. The rapper’s lawyers, Charles H. Kuck, Dina LaPolt, and Alex Spiro released a statement on his behalf. “21 Savage asked us to send a special message to his fans and supporters – he says that while he wasn’t present at the Grammy Awards, he was there in spirit and is grateful for the support from around the world and is more than ever, ready to be with his loved ones and continue making music that brings people together,” it reads.

21 Savage was detained on February 3 by ICE for being in the United States illegally from the United Kingdom. A spokesman for the agency later revealed that the rapper’s visa expired in 2006. His representatives clarified that while the rapper was born in the United Kingdom, he’s been in the United States since seven years old and had applied for a U Visa in 2017.  Fans and public figures noted that 21 Savage’s detainment came soon after his performance of “A Lot” on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon in which he changed some of the song’s lyrics to talk about the immigration situation in the United States (“Been through some things so I can’t imagine my kids stuck at the border/Flint still need water/People was innocent, couldn’t get lawyers”).

Last night on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Metro Boomin, a longtime friend and collaborator of 21 Savage, publicly protested against the rapper’s detainment by wearing a jacket with “FREE 21 SAVAGE” painted on the back during a performance of “Space Cadet” with Gunna. For the length of the performance, and even afterward following Jimmy Fallon’s handshake, Boomin made it a point for the message to remain in the camera frame by keeping his back facing it. This three-minute acknowledgment of the situation is much longer than the recognition that 21 Savage got at the 61st Grammy Awards. Over the course of the three-hour event, only one person (Swedish composer Ludwig Göransson) mentioned the rapper’s detainment.

Everything To Know About K-Pop Group Blackpink (Before They’re In Your Area)

K-pop is a veritable phenomenon, and it’s invading the U.S. as we speak.

And while Korean boy bands have been making a push Stateside for awhile essentially uncontested — save for a few female-centric acts here and there — it’s time for a girl-power takeover. Blackpink is more than ready to settle into position. With a 2019 world tour on the way (including arena stops in the U.S.), members Jisoo, Jennie, Rosé, and Lisa are about to bring their bombastic brand of music to the masses.

Blackpink (sometimes stylized BLΛƆKPIИK) is a South Korean girl group formed by YG Entertainment, and they’re about to take the U.S. by storm, starting at Coachella. Before your world is turned upside down by the phenomenally talented girl group, get to know them a little better and see what all the hype is about. Here’s your guide to all things Blackpink.

What does Blackpink mean?

Blackpink is more than just the juxtaposition of two colors that happen to look awesome together. According to a YG Entertainment rep for the group, it’s an attempt to “contradict” what people normally think about the color pink – like the idea that it’s about being “pretty.”

“Blackpink actually means to say that ‘pretty isn’t everything’,” said the rep. “It also symbolizes that they are a team that encompasses not only beauty, but also great talent.” We’d say this is a pretty killer explanation for the girls, to be honest.

What are their fans called?

Blackpink fans are affectionately known as Blinks, a term confirmed by member Jennie in a birthday message where she thanked fans for their constant love and support. It’s a portmanteau of the words “black” and “pink.” It’s the official fandom name, so if you’re picking up what the girls are putting down, you can call yourself a Blink soon, too! Just don’t forget your hammer.

So, who’s in the group?

There are currently four members in Blackpink, and they’re some of the baddest babes you’ll ever meet. Based in Seoul, they first debuted in 2016, and have been tearing up the charts since getting together. The first girl group to debut under the YG Entertainment label in six years following the massively popular 2NE1, they quickly showed out and made a name for themselves, letting fans get to know each member of the group with some flashy, swagtastic tunes.

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Sure, they’re all bossed up as a group, but you’ve got to get to know each member of Blackpink individually. Don’t worry — we’ve got you covered.

  • Jisoo

    Real name: Kim Ji Soo (nickname: Jichu, Chi Choo)

    Role: Lead Vocalist

    Jisoo is undoubtedly the mood-maker of Blackpink. Her 4D personality gives her a unique demeanor within the group, and her quirkiness makes her a breath of fresh air. The 24-year-old Seoul-born lead vocalist trained for five years before debuting with Blackpink, and was the third member to be revealed. The oldest of the group, Jisoo is trilingual and can speak Korean, Japanese, and Chinese. However, she doesn’t speak English because she’s too shy to do so according to groupmate Jennie, but she can understand it just fine. So if you ever want to tell her how much she slays and you can’t speak Korean, worry not. She loves trying different types of food, balancing things on her head, and being a free spirit.

  • Jennie

    Real name: Kim Jennie (nickname: Jendeukie)

    Role: Main Rapper, Vocalist

    Jennie is Blackpink’s 24-year-old rapper, and she was the first member of the group to be revealed to the public. She can speak Korean, Japanese, and English fluently, and is known as the “YG Princess” — as well as “Human Gucci,” thanks to her expensive taste. She’s so popular that she released a solo track late last year, aptly titled “SOLO.” And while Jisoo loves to eat, Jennie loves to cook, complementing her bandmate nicely. Despite being a fashion icon and a total badass on stage, she’s big on aegyo (or, acting cute) and has a bubbly personality. Oh, and she loves dogs, which basically makes her a saint in our book. She has a white cocker spaniel named Kai and a brown pomeranian named Kuma.

  • Rosé

    Real name: Park Chae Young (nickname: Pasta, Rose, Rosie)

    Role: Main Vocalist, Lead Dancer

    Rosé, 22, is the honey-voiced main vocalist of Blackpink, and she was the final member of the group to be revealed. Born in Auckland, New Zealand, she was a cheerleader before making her debut with Blackpink. She has a unique, delicate voice and can play both piano and guitar. Interestingly, she’s left-handed, and prefers to be called by her real name over any other nicknames or endearing pet titles. She can speak Korean, English, and Japanese — and “Blackpink’s Goddess” can totally nail those high notes. She may be tiny, but her powerhouse vocals will knock you out.

  • Lisa

    Real name: Lalisa/Pranpriya Manoban (nickname: Lalice, Laliz)

    Role: Main Dancer, Lead Rapper, Vocalist

    The maknae (or youngest member) of the group, Lisa was actually born in Bangkok, Thailand and later moved to Korea. She was the second member of the group to be revealed, and speaks Korean, English, Japanese, Thai, and a little Chinese. Like a true maknae, she’s extremely playful and mischievous, and she absolutely loves makeup. She was born Pranpriya Manoban, but her name was changed to Lalisa following a fortune telling session — the rest is history, since we know her as Lisa now. As the group’s main dancer, her stage presence and charisma are unparalleled — and she’s got seriously slick moves. As if she wasn’t talented enough, she can even play ukulele.

What Blackpink songs should I listen to?

You may have already seen it making its rounds online, but the future-trap song “DDU-DU DDU-DU” is straight-up fire. It’s pronounced doo-do doo-do, and it’s the highest-charting Billboard Hot 100 hit ever by an all-female K-pop act. As the lead single from the group’s first EP, Square Up, it’s a great place to start, even if you’re only in it for the music video’s girl-crush aesthetic.

Blackpink made their debut in 2016 with the ridiculously catchy rapid-fire dance track “Boombayah.” The song and dynamic visual also serve the dual purpose of introducing each girl and their unique personality. They’re bad girls (“middle finger up, F U pay me,” Lisa raps), and what about it? Come for the sizzling verses, but stay for the choreography and EDM tinged with shades of house music.

Their first maxi single, Square One, also contained the song “Whistle,” which has a slower, sexier toned-down vibe and a catchy whistle sample built into the beat. Breathy vocals and staccato phrasing make it a certifiable banger.

“As If It’s Your Last” is an urban-flavored odyssey with familiar pop flavor and Blackpink’s signature bad-girl attitude with a chorus that melts into sugary sweet rhythmic bliss. We dare you to listen once and not sing along.

Next up is “Playing With Fire,” and talk about a fiery track. As usual, this song’s accompanying video serves up serious visuals (we might even say scorching) as well as a laid-back groove and rhymes coupled with a chorus you’ll have in your head the rest of the day.

What else can I watch?

Though you can count on all of Blackpink to have their own material soon, Jennie went “SOLO” first. The music video is a pastel-hued accompaniment to the rap-tinged track in which she confidently declares, “I’m goin’ so-lo-lo-lo-lo-lo.”

You won’t want to miss Blackpink’s bilingual track, “Kiss and Make Up,” with Grammy winner Dua Lipa. For their first venture outside of the realm of K-pop, it’s a banger — and indicative of what’s to come for the history-making girl group. (Please add this to the Coachella set!)

Kehlani Hums Elegantly On ‘Butterfly,’ A Heavenly Taste Of Her New Project

Kehlani isn’t letting being pregnant stop her endeavors in the booth. The singer is planning on releasing a new body of work, While We Waiton February 22. Ahead of the project’s release, she’s shared a heavenly number called “Butterfly.” Check it out below.

“Butterfly” is a whispering success, featuring Kehlani’s teensy vocals and breathless runs. Her specialty is her ability to pack meaning and emotion into fewer words than her peers, often saying no more than 16 words in an entire verse, yet resonating equally, if not more, than similar artists. The song goes in depth about a partner’s unwillingness to give their all to the relationship. Kehlani’s pleading is soothing and makes for a captivating, peaceful listen.

While We Wait, according to a tweet from Kehlani, was recorded in only a month. It will also feature “Night’s Like This,” her January collaboration with Ty Dolla $ign. Musiq Soulchild, Dom Kennedy, and 6LACK round out the project’s list of features. Her last project, SweetSexySavage, came out in 2017.

Inside Sir Babygirl’s Neon World Of Offbeat Pop And Devoted Fans

By Dani Blum

There’s a neon knot of hair flopped over a guitar on the Rough Trade NYC stage. Like a follow-along dot in a children’s musical TV show, it shakes to the sounds of shredding. In three hours, the room will be packed with teenagers in muscle tees and slim men with single earrings, but right now, it’s just Brooklyn-based pop songwriter Sir Babygirl, her glowing green hair, and the guy running soundcheck. This is the ninth stop on her tour supporting the band Petal, a run which includes a missed flight in Pittsburgh where she was hospitalized for food poisoning. Though Sir Babygirl has only released four tracks of frenetic, bubblegum pop, she has amassed what she calls “an extremely sticky, tiny, cult-like following” — like the teenagers who came from Syracuse, New York, to see her in Philadelphia, or the fans who linger at her shows and cry when they see her. Her debut album, Crush On Me, comes out this week on indie label Father/Daughter. She sells CDs of it at her shows to fans who don’t even own CD players.

“I don’t want to hurt people’s ears,” she shouts to the sound guy when the amp screeches. “But, like, I want to be heard.”

Sir Babygirl, born Kelsie Hogue, has an evil plan. It starts with memes: Her Instagram is a mood board of early 2000s nostalgia and bisexuality – a grinning Yzma from The Emperor’s New Groove joking about period blood, Reese Witherspoon from Legally Blonde reading a textbook labeled “Flirting W/ Girls: 101.” “I was like, I’m going to get a following that way, and then it will cross over to my music,” she says. “I’m very calculated.”

Her sound attracted the attention of Chloë Grace Moretz, who tweeted a link to Sir Babygirl’s debut single, “Heels,” in October. Her streaming numbers have stayed steady and modest since the song came out in August; right now, it has 117,000 listens on Spotify. The song is technically perfect: a pulsing pop song with lyrics about leaving a lover and coming home. The track builds into a clear, high shout: “You don’t know me anymore / I changed my hair, I changed my hair, I changed my hair.”

In the light, Sir Babygirl’s hair has shoots of pink peeking out beneath the green. We’re in the front area of Rough Trade, which doubles as Williamsburg’s staple records store, next to rows of vinyl and a DIY synth kit labeled, “TECHNOLOGY WILL SAVE US.” Her lip ring glints under string lights. Sir Babygirl is a character, she’s explaining, an absurdist version of a self. Behind the music is Hogue herself, a 26-year-old bisexual who identifies as non-binary. These identities are centered in her songs, but they’re not the only appeal.

“I’m not a better artist because I’m queer, and it’s not worthwhile music because it’s queer,” she says. “It’s worthwhile because it’s fucking good music.”

As a project, Sir Babygirl has existed for a few years. Hogue thought of the name because she’s “obsessed with the extremes,” she says. “So what’s the most absurd, colonial male term? Sir. And then babygirl, the most infantilized.”

She was torn between singing and comedy. She studied theater at Boston University, where she was “the fucking weirdo, the ostracized gay” and then moved to Chicago to try stand-up. In one set, she dumped LaCroix on herself and shrieked; she called that bit “My Morning Routine.” She paid rent by hosting at a spy–themed restaurant, asking tourists for the password in a thick European accent. The room where she sat and waited for them wasn’t heated in the winter; she complained to her boss that it was a workers’ rights violations. She was asked to leave the restaurant. Soon after, she left Chicago, moved back into her childhood bedroom in New Hampshire, and forced herself to write an album within the year.

“People think ‘Heels’ is about heartbreak,” she says. “No. I wrote it because I got fired from my fucking spy-themed restaurant job.”

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When Sir Babygirl talks about her production style, she talks about songs that “sound like ballerinas fucking.” When she talks about bi visibility, she clears her throat and throws her voice a pitch lower – “I want to be one of many bi artists, not like, hem hem, hello, I’m THE bi.” And when she talks about her burgeoning success, she knows this isn’t supposed to happen – to have a cross-country tour before you put you first album out, to find the perfect production partner by posting a call for non-cis engineers on Facebook. Her A&R rep at Father/Daughter discovered her after one of his coworkers at a smaller label in Florida played “Heels” out loud in her office, curious after following Sir Babygirl’s memes.

“Nothing I’ve gotten has been off a daddy connection,” she says. “It’s been people just literally fucking with my music.”

Tonight her eyes are coated in orange eyeshadow she’s put on herself; she learned the basics of makeup from a friend who’s a legally blind makeup artist, then watched YouTube tutorials while depressed and burrowed in her apartment in Chicago. “I don’t have a pop-star budget. If I want pop-star hair or pop-star makeup, I have to do it myself,” she says. She dyes her hair every few months, but has to keep the green and pink for a while – they’re her album release campaign colors, ones she picked herself. “That’s how obsessive I am,” she says. “Nobody asked me to do that.”

Ten minutes before Sir Babygirl’s set to go on stage, she sneaks into the audience. The other band she’s touring with, Cave People, is playing something sleek and crooning on stage, and she leans near a row of backpacks against the wall, trying to go unnoticed. It’s not working. “It’s her,” a cluster of backpacks and hairspray whispers behind me. They shove forward when she comes on stage.

Sir Babygirl twitches when she sings. She wants the vibrations in her songs to hit your body a certain way, and they do, synths burbling up from the floor and into your pulse, shoulders swishing automatically. “I really want to make it a 3-D experience,” she says. Crush on Me is her love letter to Robyn’s “Dancing On My Own” – crying-in-the-club music. “I wanted it to be catharsis, as opposed to inundation of trauma,” she says. “There’s motion. I want there to consistently be a driving force through it. Like there’s all this trauma, and we’re moving through it, and we acknowledge it. But we’re going to keep moving.” For all its sparkling synths and buzzy beats, Sir Babygirl’s music is flecked with pain. Screams and shrieks stab through songs. There are two reprises in the tight, nine-track album, and they both build to a hyperactive breaking point and then end abruptly. The effect is pristine chaos.

“It’s like this positive nihilism where it’s like we all understand we’re in an apocalypse,” she said. “The world’s ending. We know what’s going on. But we also deserve to escape. That’s part of the healing process.”

The last song of her set is “Heels,” and it’s the one the crowd’s been waiting for. “You can come up here,” she says to them, “really,” and there’s a pause while everyone waits to see if she’s serious. She is. Someone rustles past me, and then another, scooting themselves onto the stage while Sir Babygirl strips off a floor-length dress to reveal a millennial pink harness. She slaps her own ass. The stage clogs with twisting arms, heads jumping; a girl grabs Hogue’s hand, and they twirl. They leap so hard their eyes disappear. All I can see is hair.

Normani And 6lack Are Star-Crossed Lovers On The Moon In ‘Waves’ Video

Normani has shared the video for “Waves” her debut solo single featuring 6LACK. It mixes sexy with sci-fi in ways that seem impossible, enabling both artists to play off of each other’s strengths – Normani’s dominating seductiveness and 6LACK’s reserved smoothness. Normani’s confidence alone makes the video a winner. Check it out below.

Here’s a fun fact that you probably already know: the gravitational pull of the sun and moon on our Earth causes tidal waves. In a clever bit of creative direction, Normani and 6LACK’s new video for “Waves” takes place mostly on the moon, instead of in water. Normani begins the video by waking up lost on a beach, but over time she transitions from the deep blues of clean sea water to the star-peppered skies over the moon. Lunar rocks crowd the ground beneath her and 6LACK as they embrace while singing to each other.

“Waves” isn’t the only steamy video in Normani’s recent catalog. A few weeks ago, she released the sexy, futuristic video for “Dancing With a Stranger,” her collaboration with Sam Smith. Normani’s currently prepping her debut studio album to drop this year. She’ll have to finish it up while on the Sweetener World Tour with Ariana Grande when it kicks off in March.

Chance The Rapper’s New Album Comes Out In July – Prepare Accordingly

It seems like whenever Chance the Rapper makes news lately, it’s never for the music. He starred in Slice last year and proved that he could make it away from music if he really put his mind to it. He’s a master of philanthropic efforts for the millennial age. His last full-length body of work was 2016’s Coloring BookSince then, fans have asked the rapper endlessly when something new would be available. Yesterday, the long-awaited announcement finally came. Chance the Rapper is dropping a new album in July.

Last night, the rapper got a little theatrical with his announcement of the upcoming LP by giving a cryptic reveal on Twitter. He tweeted “July,” followed by his manager, Pat Corcoran, actually announcing that a full body of work would be coming. Chance then retweeted this to help quell the growing sea of questions growing in his mentions. After calming the tide on Twitter, Chance turned to Instagram and, while in the midst of a shopping spree at Barneys, told the world that he’s been working on music for a while now and has heard all of the requests. He ends the video saying that fans will receive the music when he’s ready to put it out. It then cuts to him saying “July” with a large smile on his face.

In 2018, Chance gave fans a couple of appetizers with the release of the songs, “The Man Who Has Everything,” “My Own Thing,” and “Work Out.” As to what we should expect on the new LP, that’s anyone’s guess. We have one thing to go off of; last August, Kanye West told reporters that he was in Chicago working on Chance’s album.

Metro Boomin and Gunna Shoutout 21 Savage In ‘Space Cadet’ Performance On ‘Fallon’

The presence of 21 Savage may have been absent from the 61st Grammy Awards, save for the sole shoutout by Swedish producer Ludwig Göransson, but it was felt on primetime television on last night’s The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Metro Boomin, a longtime collaborator with the rapper who’s currently being detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and Gunna performed “Space Cadet,” from the producer’s October album Not All Heroes Wear Capes. Metro, wearing a jacket with “FREE 21 SAVAGE” painted on the back, drew attention to the rapper’s plight on a national level. Take a look at the performance below.

A “space cadet” is, by definition, a trainee astronaut. So for the live performance of the record of the same name, it features, well, astronauts. There’s a merry band of violinists wearing space helmets like stunt doubles for Daft Punk. Leading the sound is Metro, who plays the part of the band director, similarly clad in white, sans the helmet. Because of his jacket’s “FREE 21 Savage” message, Metro Boomin remains with his back facing the audience, drilling the words into the brains of viewers over the course of the three-minute performance. Gunna, inexplicably wearing ski glasses, performs the song’s vocals, taking great care to give Metro Boomin his camera time. The message is immediately clear; Gunna’s live recital of the lyrics is cool, but it’s the powerful message on the producer’s back that deserves the brunt of the screen time.

In January, 21 Savage gave an intimate performance of “A Lot” on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and added new, politically-charged lyrics at the end. “Been through some things, but I can’t imagine my kids stuck at the border/Flint still needs water/People was innocent, couldn’t get lawyers,” he rapped. Five days after the performance, he was detained by ICE for being in the United States illegally. The rapper’s team later revealed that he was originally born in the United Kingdom and applied for a U Visa in 2017.

Blackpink’s Electric U.S. TV Debut Was Everything Blinks Could Ask For

K-pop girl group Blackpink took to American television for the first time in the early morning hours of February 12, much to the delight of Blinks around the world.

The girls — Jisoo, Jennie, Rosé, and Lisa — appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, where they performed their smash hit “Ddu-Du Ddu-Du.” The song, the group’s first single off their 2018 Square Up EP, quickly became their first track to chart on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart, debuting at No. 55. And the music video also became the fastest K-pop group music video to surpass 600 million views on YouTube — and now they’re well on their way to 700 million.

Watching them perform live, you can see why.

Throughout the night, the official Twitter profile for The Late Show jokingly referred to itself as a “Blackpink stan account” and engaged with excited fans all over the world as “#BLACKPINKonLSSC” started to trend worldwide. Blinks everywhere were understandably shook.

Blackpink is only the second K-pop girl group to make an appearance on a U.S.-based late night talk show. Back in 2012, The Late Show (hosted by David Letterman) invited Girls’ Generation to perform their English track “The Boys.”

But Blackpink’s appearance on The Late Show was only the start of this week’s veritable K-pop takeover. The girls followed that appearance with an explosive morning-show debut on Good Morning America on Tuesday (February 12), where they performed “Ddu-Du Ddu-Du” live from the Times Square studio.

It’s set to be a big year for Blackpink, as they dropped the first set of live dates for the North American leg of their Blackpink In Your Area 2019 world tour. They’ll take their bombastic show to Los Angeles beginning on April 17, descend upon Coachella, and will then hit the Chicago, Newark, and Atlanta areas.

It looks like 2019 is our year, Blinks! Are you ready for Blackpink in your area?

Ariana Grande Made An Alternate Version Of ‘Thank U, Next’ In Case She And Pete Got Back Together

If Ariana Grande name-dropping her exes on “thank u, next” completely stunned and stupefied you, rest assured the singer knew exactly what she was doing.

“I was very nervous to share it because I knew that as soon as people heard the names they were going to be like, ‘run that back one more time, what the fuck is she doing?'” Grande admitted in an exhaustive new interview with the Zach Sang Show, which covers everything thank u, next.

Making the song was so “scary,” in fact, that Grande ended up recording three iterations of the eventual No. 1 smash, in case the original was too “insane.” On one of those versions, the first verse had no names at all and instead addressed media speculation of Grande’s relationships, with lyrics like, “Say I’m too young” and “I’ve had too many boyfriends.”

“It still was like, OK, I’m embracing my mistakes and what I’ve done… but it was just less direct,” she said. “And everyone, including me, was kind of like, ‘this is not the version.’ But I was also trying to be protective, you know?”

Not only that, but at the time, Grande wasn’t sure if she and former fiancé Pete Davidson were going to get back together, so she recorded alternate lyrics just to be safe. She explained, “In my relationship at the time, things were up and down and on and off, and so I didn’t know what was gonna 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 version.”

She held back tears while continuing, “I just wanted to cover all the bases. It was a big risk and a very scary thing to do because it is my life. … And I spent a lot of time with each of those people — like, learning and shit — so it was scary to put into song.”

Even so, Grande said her exes Big Sean and Ricky Alvarez were super into the song: “Everyone that I am still in touch with has been very supportive of it,” she said.

As for what else Grande and Co. left on the cutting room floor, her co-writer Victoria Monet revealed that they recorded another version of “7 Rings” that features an incredible Ari impersonation. In the singer’s own words, it’s “three minutes of drunkenly rambling as Julie Andrews.” Now that, I think we can all agree, is something the world needs to hear.

Check out Grande’s interview with Sang above — their discussion about the alternate versions of “thank u, next” begins around the 12:20 mark.