This summer the wildest celebrity romance was Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson, whose love burned fast and bright. Its end came on just as suddenly. And both artists commented on the split through their respective media. For Davidson, this meant a self-deprecating joke on Saturday Night Live. For Grande, it meant a new song called “Thank U, Next,” which dropped just a half an hour before the SNL ep.
Slate dug into the lyrics, which sparked the meme “One taught me love/ One taught me patience/ And one taught me pain.” Far from the diss track you might expect following such a high-profile break-up, Grande offered an anthem about gratitude that treated break-ups as a stepping stone for personal growth. And that theme is cleverly reflected in her performance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, which she teased last night on Twitter.
The First Wives Club famously starred Goldie Hawn, Bette Midler, and Diane Keaton as three friends struggling with sense of self after their respective divorces. But through their friendship, these divas overcome the rough patch and finish the film in a musical moment of female empowerment and self-love, singing “You Don’t Own Me.”
This iconic moment is re-imagined for Wednesday’s Ellen DeGeneres Show performance of “Thank U, Next.” Here’s a teaser Grande shared ahead of its debut.
And here is the full performance, courtesy of EllenTube.
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