Ariana Grande fans think her new song 'Imagine' is a tribute to Mac Miller
12 December 2018, 12:28 | Updated: 12 December 2018, 13:00
Ariana teased the meaning behind 'Imagine' on Twitter last night and since then fans have linked it to Mac...
It's been Ariana Grande season all year long and we wouldn't have it any other way. In 2018 our fave has not only released a critically acclaimed Number 1 album (Sweetener is everything we dreamed of and more) but four hit singles ('no tears left to cry', 'God is a woman', 'breathin' and 'thank u, next' all slap) and she isn't done yet. Ariana is releasing a new song called 'Imagine' this Friday.
'Imagine' will be the second taste of Ariana's highly anticipated, surprise fifth studio album thank u, next and if it's anywhere near as good as the title track, we are in for a treat. Ariana previously teased 'Imagine' in her 'breathin' video and on Twitter. She's been pretty tight-lipped about the meaning of the song but last night she opened up about it and now fans think it's about Mac Miller.
Is 'Imagine' about Mac Miller?
Taking to Instagram stories just after announcing the release of the song, Ariana wrote: "a lot of this album mourns failed yet, important, beautiful relationships in my life (as well as celebrates growth / exploring new independence). but for those of you asking about imagine: i would say if 'thank u, next' = acceptance... 'imagine' = denial. hope that makes sense." This sounds heartbreaking.
When a fan then assumed "so imagine is like a darker version of “thank u, next”. possibly explaining about what’s next after a breakup and how to get through it", Ari replied "kind of like... pretending it never ended. denial. but i look forward to you hearing it and having your own experience with it. you may take away something totally different and specific to your life! love u."
Ariana also revealed to another fan that the album is "terrifyingly" personal.
Check out the tweets below.
kind of like... pretending it never ended. denial. but i look forward to you hearing it and having your own experience with it. you may take away something totally different and specific to your life! love u.— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) December 12, 2018
terrifyingly so. like i want to take things off. but my friends tell me not to.— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) December 12, 2018
So we're definitely going ✈️ tears.
It gets more emotional though. Fans have sleuthed and it looks like the song could be about Mac Miller. In November a fan asked Ariana what 'Imagine' is about and she said that it's: "a simple, beautiful love that is now (and forever) unattainable". Considering that Mac died this September, four months after Ari and Mac split, it seems likely that it's a tribute to him.
Not only that but Mac had an arm tattoo of the word "Imagine".
Here are the fan theories.
is imagine going to be about mac aww :( pic.twitter.com/r6E3VbG3lh— ♡ (@fuckingreatful) December 12, 2018
GUYS MAC MILLER HAD A TATTOO THAT SAID ‘IMAGINE’— lindsey ♡ (@lufftheway) December 12, 2018
PLS GET MY TISSUES😭😭 pic.twitter.com/zk5lMBsQDJ
ariana said imagine is about "a simple, beautiful love that is now (and forever) unattainable" omg no so we all know this Is maybe about mac and im not mentally ready for this pic.twitter.com/blOUPbb7d5— b (@bkeepbreathin) December 12, 2018
wait is imagine rlly about mac??????? im not ready-— 𝐥𝐚𝐯𝐚 (@liIacari) December 11, 2018
This song is going to ruin us.