Ariana Grande addresses Ricky Alvarez dating rumours on Instagram

11 December 2018, 11:52

By Sam Prance

Fans have been speculating that the two stars are back together ever since 'thank u, next' came out...

No pop star has dominated the charts as much as Ariana Grande in 2018. After returning to music with 'no tears left to cry' in April, Ariana impressed critics with her fourth studio album Sweetener and took over the radio with its follow-up singles 'God is a woman' and 'breathin'. Not to mention, she also blessed us with brand new collaborations with Nicki Minaj ('Bed' and Troye Sivan ('Dance to This').

QUIZ: Are you love, patience or pain in 'thank u, next'?

It was her surprise single 'thank u, next' that's really changed the game though. Not only was it her first US Number 1 single, it's also broken streaming records on Spotify and YouTube. People cannot get enough of the positive spin that it puts on break-ups and the fact that it references her exes. After the single's release and subsequent video, fans have begun speculating that Ariana is back with Ricky Alvarez who she name-checks in the song.

Are Ariana Grande and Ricky Alvarez back together?

Ariana Grande sets the Ricky Alvarez dating rumours straight
Ariana Grande sets the Ricky Alvarez dating rumours straight. Picture: Sipa USA/SIPA USA/PA Images // John Shearer/Getty Images for Kitty Purry, Inc.

The rumours have gotten so big that Ariana has now shut them down on Instagram. Ariana commented under one of Ricky's recent Instagram photos writing "these colours are sick". and shortly afterwards a fan wrote: "WHATS ABOUT YOU AND ARIANA???? WE ALL WANT TO KNOW". Ariana then replied: "we're friends everyone take a big ol breather". What a legend. Exes can be friends.

Check out the iconic response here.

Ariana and Ricky dated between 2015 and 2016 after Ricky worked as Ariana's back up dancer on tour and, since then, both of them have been candid about the fact that they are still on good terms. When she released 'thank u, next'', Ricky posted a hilarious response to the "I wrote some songs about Ricky, now I listen and laugh" line and Ariana revealed that she sent the song to him in advance.

We stan these two so much.

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What's more if you check out Ricky's comments in Ariana's 'thank u, next' positive version of the Mean Girls burn book, the Ricky page reads: "Great dancer", "good times man" and "friends forever." In other words, they care for each other but it's all platonic. So no Ariana and Ricky are not dating again but they are still great friends. Our hearts.