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- Ariana Grande released a new song called “Imagine” on Thursday night.
- Although it doesn’t explicitly name any of her exes like “Thank U, Next,” many fans believe that “Imagine” was written about Mac Miller.
- Grande described the inspiration for song as “a simple, beautiful love that is now (and forever) unattainable.”
- Miller, who died in September, had the word “imagine” tattooed on his arm.
- Some have also noticed some similarities between the new song and Grande’s first-ever duet with Miller from 2013, “The Way.”
Ariana Grande released a new song called “Imagine” on Thursday night, which she described as “more vulnerable and unsure” than her previous hit single, “Thank U, Next.”
Although it doesn’t explicitly name any of her exes, many fans believe that “Imagine” was written about Mac Miller, whom Grande dated for two years before their split in May.
imagine 想像 pic.twitter.com/wGR9jBDhX8
— ???????????? (@quitchambie) December 14, 2018
Grande previously told fans that much of her upcoming album (also titled “Thank U, Next”), “mourns failed, yet important beautiful relationships in my life.” She said that if “Thank U, Next” explored “acceptance,” then “Imagine” explores “denial.”
She also described the inspiration for the song as “a simple, beautiful love that is now (and forever) unattainable.”
a simple, beautiful love that is now (and forever) unattainable
— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) November 14, 2018
Largely because Grande described this love as gone “forever,” fans believe that “Imagine” was written about Grande’s reaction to Miller’s death in September.
i feel like even if u cant relate to what ari is speaking about this song is a reminder in its purest form to cherish your loved ones every day and to appreciate them being here with you. life is uncertain and not always fair. make sure you tell the people you love you love them.
— sav ♡ (@grandemeester) December 14, 2018
The revealing, romantic lyrics in “Imagine” see Grande struggling to accept the end of a relationship.
“We go like up ’til I’m ‘sleep on your chest / Love how my face fits so good in your neck,” Grande sings in the chorus. “Why can’t you imagine a world like that?”
“Knew you were perfect after the first kiss,” she sings in the second verse. “Feels like forever, baby, I never thought that it would be you.”
It’s important to note that Miller had the word “imagine” tattooed on his arm.
GUYS MAC MILLER HAD A TATTOO THAT SAID ‘IMAGINE’
PLS GET MY TISSUES???????? pic.twitter.com/zk5lMBsQDJ
— lindsey ♡ (@lufftheway) December 12, 2018
Some fans have also noticed similarities between “Imagine” and Grande’s first-ever single as a solo artist in 2013, a romantic collaboration with Miller called “The Way.”
Grande sings in an extremely high falsetto at the end of “Imagine,” often referred to as “whistle tones,” which she has rarely done since hitting the same notes in “The Way.”
— PrinceSparx (@UchihaMinaj) December 14, 2018
this might be a reach but was ariana referencing ‘the way’ with the whistle tones in ‘imagine’?
— caroline (@bocaslumos) December 14, 2018
it’s amazing how “ the way “ &
“ imagine “ whistle tones sounds so similar.
might be a reach or she could‘ve done it on purpose. the song to ariana is for a beautiful & now unattainable love.
& the way was a collab song w mac.
either way, it’s beautiful #imagine ???? @ArianaGrande pic.twitter.com/ge3Xdwlz8R
— marisa (@protectmeariana) December 14, 2018
“When we made ‘The Way,’ I was like, ‘Oh, wow, I’m onto something here,'” Grande recently told Billboard. “It felt like, ‘I should do this forever.'”
Natalie Weiner, who interviewed Grande for the Billboard cover story, also wrote: “Just before this interview, she was working on a new song, which, when she plays it for me later, I realize is about Miller.”
You can watch the official lyric video for “Imagine” below.
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