After "thank u, next", it seemed like Ariana Grande was done with her exes for good, but the "Sweetener" singer has surprised us again. Ariana Grande was spotted reuniting with one of her exes and honestly, we did not see it coming at all. The reunion is especially surprising considering the line he received in "thank u, next" left fans wondering if she had seriously dissed this specific ex-boyfriend.
Ariana Grande started 2019 by hanging out with ex Ricky Alvarez, her former backup dancer. The two were spotted in public hanging out together on New Year's Day. They were seen walking in New York City on Tuesday, January 1st, according to E! Online.
As we said before, Ricky received a shoutout in "thank u, next" and it was probably the closest reference to a diss in the whole track. "Wrote some songs about Ricky, now I look back and laugh," sang Ariana Grande in her now iconic anthem. So pretty much no one was expecting them to reunite.
This hangout comes the very same day that Ariana Grande publically declared 2019 the year of no dating. The "thank u, next" singer posted a tweet yesterday in response to who she was dating and said, "Spoiler: for the rest of this year/probably my life: It's no one".
spoiler for the rest of this year / probably my life: it’s no one. please refer back to this tweet for future questions. 🖤— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) January 1, 2019
Ariana Grande and Ricky Alvarez actually sparked dating rumors just last month. The singer commented on her ex's Instagram photo on December 11th, a move that was completely out of the blue since she usually doesn't interact with him on social media.
This prompted fans to speculate on whether the two were back together. In December, Ariana Grande shut down any rumours that they were dating and commented on the same Instagram post, "We're friends everyone take a big ol breather", according to Bustle. However, that was weeks before she and Ricky were spotted hanging out in public on New Year's Day.
Ariana Grande was spotted with her ex-boyfriend, Ricky Alvarez, yesterday on the streets of New York. pic.twitter.com/jFujaysr7J— Ariana Grande Access (@agaarchives) January 2, 2019
Ariana Grande and Ricky Alvarez got together in 2015. He was the singer's backup dancer. The pair split after a year of dating in July 2016, according to Bustle. The "Sweetener" singer started dating Mac Miller one month after they broke up, in August 2016.
Since the two split, they have not been spotted together again in public and have rarely interacted, which is why her comment on his Instagram picture last month came as a shock to fans.
Ariana Grande and Ricky Alvarez's relationship was not talked much about again after their breakup, until he was mentioned in "thank u, next", according to Bustle. He posted an Instagram story reacting to the song, and Ariana Grande herself even responded to it.
A month later, the singer commented on his Instagram post and sparked widespread speculation; and now, Ari has been spotted hanging out with Ricky just yesterday on New Year's Day. Even though Ariana Grande stated that this was the year of "no dating" we can't help but wonder if she's getting back together with her ex, Ricky Alveraz.