Ariana Grande on Pete Davidson: ‘He ticks every box, it gets better every day’

Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson made their red carpet debut together at the VMIs on Monday. I was surprised at how Pete came across, like an arrogant douche. His social media persona involves being devoted to Ariana, but on camera he seems like one of those sh-tty starter boyfriends you don’t realize is the worst until after he breaks your heart and you’re well rid of him. Ariana is crazy about Pete though and she’ll tell us about it. She’s promoting her new album, Sweetener, and she and Pete wore matching shirts with shots from the cover art on them when they went out for a Target run on Tuesday. (You can see those photos here.) Yesterday Ariana was on Good Morning America, where she talked about how much she adores Pete and when they’re getting married. She wasn’t specific about that, except to say that it’s next year.

How did you know Pete was the one for you?
It’s just like a feeling, you know? That’s so cheesy.

What makes him your soulmate?
I just feel it. He ticks every box and it gets better every day. I’m very grateful for him. Life is beautiful. I made a song with his name on it… just to send to him as a nice little sentiment, like as a love letter.

It’s fun to watch
We’re so annoying, huh? It must be the worst. I’m just grateful, enjoying every minute because life is too short.

When are you getting married?
We’re going to like take our time to plan it. We’ve been like planning, my friends and I. My mom and everybody have been like brainstorming, sharing ideas. I work so much I’ve never spent this much time or energy planning something personal. [She gets choked up.] It’s not soon soon it’s going to be like, next year.

Ariana is also going on tour next year, she said she’s “aiming to start in February” so her potential wedding would have to be planned around that. I assume it’s going to be huge given how demonstrative she and Pete are and how much she said she’s planning. There are rumors that they’re married already, based on the fact that Pete wore a bracelet with the initials “AGD” to the VMIs. Ariana has said that she be Ariana Grande-Davidson when they get married, but I don’t think Pete’s bracelet means they’re married. He’s just crazy about her. They both have multiple tattoos for each other, a bracelet isn’t that big of a deal.

Scroll through the photos in the slideshow below to see Pete with Ariana’s nonna/grandma. On The Tonight Show Ariana said that Pete is sweet to her grandma and that they get along well.

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Here’s Ariana’s interview



photos credit: WENN and Backgrid

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  1. Mrs. Peel says:

    Even with 5″ heels, she looks about 4’10″ standing next to him.

    • Zip says:

      I am 4’10” and can say: It does not matter if you wear heels or not. As a short person you will always look short compared to others. Ariana is tiny, so she has the same problem.

      I gave up on heels. People tell me I’m short while I’m killing my feet so I might as well just be short & comfy in sneakers.

  2. lorianna says:

    Infatuation is a beautiful thang

  3. Mo' Comments Mo' Problems says:

    I’m here for a ponytail-less look. :)

    With darker hair, Pete looks goofy. With this hair color, he looks strung out. :evil:

    • whatWHAT? says:

      yeah, I didn’t want to make any accusations, but…

      he has looked strung out to me for a while now. and seeing him sucking on a ring pop (or whatever that is in the People photos of them at Target) makes me think he’s been rolling.

      also, there is a blind item someone mentioned on today’s Jolie thread that I think might be about Grande. something about “the break up was allegedly due to his substance abuse but no one is talking about hers”. blind items, I know, I know…but she supposedly broke up with her previous bf due to his drug use, and BOTH of these two look like they’re using frequently.

      • Missy says:

        The hair colour is doing him no favours, he’s a pale person anyway so it makes him look even more pale. He’s admitted to smoking a lot of weed, and even Ariana says he’s high a lot. I don’t think he’s strung out.

        I’m guilty of smoking weed every day, have for many years (it’s going to be legal here in Canada soon) And I’m thirty and had a ring pop last week, love candy. I’m not strung out, just living the high life lol

      • Missy says:

        Plus anyone would look like a strung out ghost standing next to Ariana with her Oompa Loompa tan

      • whatWHAT? says:

        I too am a green leaf lover, and I in no way meant to imply that “strung out” meant “high on pot”, sorry if I wasn’t clear.

        I HOPE he’s not strung out and I just realized that the lolly may have been an edible. OOPS. ;)

  4. Lynnie says:

    Lol. I think the tour will speed up the downfall of things unless he decides to go on it with with her. Then it’s anyone’s guess what’s going to happen then.

    She needs to retire that stupid ponytail for forever jesus.

    I just don’t understand why they feel the need to make it so public, and attach so many permanent things to this relationship. Like doesn’t it set off one warning bell at all??????

  5. C says:

    Everyone is so hard on him here..I don’t get it. He has yet to actually be or do what everyone says he could potentially be. It’s possible to have mental health issues and still be a good romantic partner. I saw other pictures elsewhere and they looked so cute to me. The pics here are like the most unflattering of the whole bunch. Give the kids a break. Let them enjoy their love.

    • LA says:

      This. Exactly. It’s also possible to be super demonstrative and have it not actually be love bombing, if it’s mutual, which it is with these two. I say let them enjoy what they’ve got. Yea, it may not last, but in the meantime, let them be happy.

      • C says:

        Totally :) It’s not like they have a history of this either. We’ve seen em in the past be totally different with other partners.

        Me and my husband met and got engaged after a month and have been together years and have a new baby and house and all that stuff. We are constantly love bombing haha But there’s just a comfort there I’d never felt with anyone and I love it and love expressing it with him.

        I’m rooting for these kids cause I think love is awesome and it doesn’t always have to be drama like is always displayed.

  6. Winnie Cooper's Mom says:

    This feels like Katy Perry/ Russell Brand 2.0
    If they do marry, it won’t last more than a year and the statement will be something along the lines of, “We respect and love each other, and will remain the closest of friends, but the schedules and stress of our individual careers was too much.”

    • Mo' Comments Mo' Problems says:

      Oh, and then she’ll do a tour documentary, include footage of them and capitalize on the demise of the relationship a la Katy; though Katy was sincere and vulnerable.

  7. Gutterflower says:

    He looks terrible with bleached hair!!

  8. maggi says:

    I am puzzled by the aesthetic mismatch of these two. And it’s not just the luggage under his eyes set-off by that ungodly colour in his hair while she’s all turned out and cute as a button.
    This is a red carpet and he’s dressed for a trip to Target.
    Is this some kind of negging, like yeah babe, you’re gonna have to try harder if you want me out of these sweet sweats…? He can’t begin to measure up so he doesn’t begin to try?

    • Cindy says:

      > This is a red carpet and he’s dressed for a trip to Target.

      I’m not trying to be snarky here, but is this the first time you watch a VMAs red carpet? They aren’t glamorous like movie awards are. The VMAs are aimed at a teen audience, and a lot of the performers dress accordingly.

  9. Erinn says:

    I love that she’s wearing her hair differently. The pony tail looked good sometimes… but it was just SO much. And where she’s just so tiny, it really played up how tiny and YOUNG she looked.

    So – I’ve been married for 4 years now. I have never technically updated anything regarding my name- I’m allowed to ‘assume’ a hyphenate or his name without updating certificates and stuff like that. All of my cards/accounts are in my maiden name. I had hyphenated on facebook because it was my intention to do that everywhere. I’ve been essentially just going by my maiden name though whenever I make a reservation or book appointments or whatever.

    My main issue is… the combined name is 17 characters plus the hyphen. His last name is from a Scottish clan and has a random “qu” in it that nobody guesses. 95% of people can’t spell it or pronounce it because it throws them off. But beyond that … I don’t even know how I’d write my initials. I KNOW. I procrastinated big time with this, and it’s pretty foolish. But how do other hyphenate celebitchies write their initials? If his bracelet says AGD it’s obviously using both names – but I automatically assume it’s First Middle Last when there’s 3?

    Husband just honestly thinks it’s funny at this point. He’s not someone who believes I should just follow and only use his last name. I actually heard him refer to me as Erinn MaidenName the other day when he was switching our insurance companies. I just heard him laugh after and say “No, she never actually changed it” over the phone.

    I just feel like I’ve put myself into a stupid hole here, I guess. If I swap it over on facebook I know some of his snotty family members will be like “OOO she must be leaving him” or something. And I don’t REALLY care what other people think… but I kind of do in a shallow way haha. Alternatively, if I do switch everything over to a hyphenate … man it’s long. It just adds confusion.

    • Sam says:

      Hi Erinn,

      Been married 10 years and never changed my name anywhere besides Facebook. I started graduate school soon after we were married, before I had even received our marriage license in the mail so I could begin the process. In the stress of working full time, doing a practicum placement for my school and being in school full-time it got shuffled back.

      I always fully intended to change my name to his but by the time I finished grad school and we had been married for a few years at that point, it just seemed like less of a priority. The hubby is fine with me retaining my maiden name for professional and business matters (I now have a professional license in my maiden name, I’m not messing around with changing that). Bottom line, as long you’re both ok with it, it doesn’t really matter. It doesn’t make you any less married.

      • Erinn says:

        Sam, thanks for the reply. I had started my career when we got married…And I’m a web developer for a big company. Everything is computer based and I really didn’t want to change it on the system haha. Plus some of our coworkers work in another country and it’d be a pain to let them all know that my username was different. So I’d already planned on keeping it professionally. Honestly it probably just makes the most sense for me to keep on going with what I have now haha.

    • Ms. Blake says:

      Hi Erinn!

      My husband, who is from the UK, has a hyphenated last name composed of two Scottish clans (13 letters in total) so I can totally relate. Rarely is either name correctly pronounced even though two former USA presidents have the same last names (in one case, the spelling was modified from the original Scottish spelling but it’s not that hard to pronounce people).

      I gave up on the idea of adding my last name to his because a triple hyphenate is ridiculous and makes you look like a soap opera character. Plus, how wants to sign that mess on anything?.

      Just make sure that you have anything legal (wills, bank accounts, etc.) in the last name(s) that is recognized by the government of the country you are living in. You’d be surprised how much hassle you may have to go through if you don’t “register” your name.

      • Erinn says:

        Haha, I can’t blame you. That would be awful to fill out on forms. I always wondered what happened when two hyphenats got married, it must get confusing at times. All my documents and ID are in my name still, so I guess as long as I update EVERYTHING if I ever bother I should be okay. My husbands name gets more confusing because even within his extended family people pronounce it different. Some say it more phonetically just because it gets misspelled so much lol. Thanks for the help :)

    • Stefanie says:

      It is puzzling to me why women automatically assume they have to change their name, especially if it is a hassle and has you actually do not want to. Just keep your name. If your husband insists on sharing a name he should take yours. I am married and never considered for a second changing my name.

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  11. Chaine says:

    I have been wracking my brain trying to figure out this couple and all I can think of is, he must be really really really adept at cunnilingus.

    • Holly says:

      Yup. She’s dickmatized. I think it’s cute; let these crazy kids have their moment. They’re gonna cringe at the articles and photos in years to come, when the “we’re having the best sex” spell wears off, but let them have their moment.

  12. Miss Grace Jones says:

    He looks like a junkie and she looks like a 12 year old. What a pair.

  13. mtam says:

    I honestly think it’s the hair (which is for a role) and maybe the dark circles and lazy eye that make him seem like a douche. But from the way they interact it’s clear he adores her just as much.

  14. Smith says:

    I know virtually nothing about him, but he does not look well.

  15. berlin says:

    He needs to find a different shade of lipstick.

  16. Mira belle says:

    I love the gossip, snark, smarts and general goodwill of this site as much as anyone.
    Lots of comments on his perceived/real drug use and mental health on many of their posts. I have anxiety so bad I can’t get out of bed, live on hard-boiled eggs and cereal and lose jobs over it. I can’t even imagine being in the public eye with any mental health issue. I’d probs be using too and sucking on a lolipop.

    • Fleur says:

      Mira belle, I have been there, right where you’re describing, with my own anxiety. I have had long periods where it was a struggle to get out of the bed, out of the house, go for a walk around the block, that kind of feeling. All i can say is I hope and pray you’re able to find tools that help you. I recommend first, talk to your provider about getting on an anti anxiety med. Second, start going to see a talk therapist. Third, start reading books about how to treat and cope with anxiety. Forth, find an activity that you love that feels therapeutic for you. I had to do all three of these in combination, and now, finally, after more than a solid year of torture, I’ve gotten my life back. Recovering from anxiety can be a slow, brutal process, but you can recover and you deserve your recovery. The healing process is going to be uncomfortable and hard, and will challenge you, but it is so worth it once you’re on the other side of it. Sending you good thoughts and prayers.

  17. Yes Doubtful says:

    I hope for both their sake that this will be a long engagement.