‘I hear she’s a lesbian now’: Ariana Grande teases ‘Thank U, Next’ video
Ariana Grande has responded to fan speculation that she’s a “lesbian now” in a teaser for her upcoming “thank u, next” music video.
Grande made a Mean Girls send-up as a teaser for the video, bringing in a host of famous friends alongside former Mean Girls stars to spread rumours about her.
“Bloom” singer Troye Sivan makes an appearance in the clip, saying: “I heard she’s a lesbian now and dating some chick called Aubrey. It’s f**king sick.”
Ariana Grande lesbian rumours began to fly after “thank u, next”
The gag is a reference to fan confusion over a line in “thank u, next” which gave rise to Ariana Grande lesbian rumours.
In the track, Grande gives shoutouts to her ex-boyfriends before singing: “I know they say I move on too fast / But this one gon’ last / ‘Cause her name is Ari / And I’m so good with that.”
Although “Ari” was a reference to herself, some fans misheard the line as “Aubrey” and speculated that Grande was now dating a woman.
— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) November 27, 2018
One Twitter user posted: “Did..did Ariana Grande just tell her ex fiancée that she’s a lesbian now? In a song??”
Another fan posted: “omg I just was googling Ariana lesbian rumors like WHO IS AUBREY lmao.”
Adding to confusion, Apple Music initially mis-transcribed the lyric as “Aubrey.”
Grande herself had sought to clarify the line after “Aubrey” started trending on Twitter, tweeting: “@AppleMusic i said Ari fam ”
The teaser also stars YouTube star Colleen Ballinger as a pregnant teen, who jokes: “One time on Twitter I heard Ariana was pregnant, so I got pregnant so we could be pregnant at the same time… turns out it was just a rumour.”
Mean Girls star Jonathan Bennett, who played Aaron Samuels, references a line from the Lindsay Lohan classic, adding: “One time, Ariana Grande told me my hair looks sexy pushed back. She’s not wrong.”
Ariana Grande has a big LGBT+ following
In April, queer fans lauded her track “No Tears Left to Cry” as a gay anthem.
The song was her first musical release since her concert in Manchester was targeted by a terrorist bombing last year.
Grande has spoken out about the impact of the terrorist attack on her mental health, and revealed she is suffering from PTSD since the bombing.
Grande’s brother, Frankie Grande, who is gay, recently revealed he is in a relationship with a married gay couple.