Ariana Grande has paid her respects to American rapper and ex-boyfriend, Mac Miller, who died on Friday at the age of 26.
The singer posted a black and white picture of Miller on her Instagram. The picture, which did not include a caption shows the late rapper looking up at the camera while sitting on the grass, below what is presumed to be Ariana Grande herself..
Miller, real name Malcolm McCormick, died from suspected drug overdose in his Studio City home. According to the 911 call, he was found unresponsive and a friend called for an “immediate dispatch” for a patient in cardiac arrest, but he was later pronounced dead at the scene when paramedics arrived.
Ariana Grande dated the rapper for two years, but ended the relationship back in May. Three weeks later, she got engaged to actor and comedian Pete Davidson, from Saturday Night Live.
It was reported that Mac Miller supported Grande through the aftermath of the Manchester terror attack last year, as well as appearing with her on stage a month later at her One Love benefit concert.
Despite this, the pop star described her relationship with Miller as “toxic” because of his drug abuse. Just weeks after their relationship ended, Miller was arrested for driving under the influence, prompting Miller to blame the singer for the incident.
Not long after Mac Miller’s death was confirmed, Ariana Grande was forced to disable comments from her Instagram after a number of people left abusive messages, blaming her for his death.
“I am not a babysitter or a mother and no woman should feel that they need to be” Grande released a public message. “I have cared for him and tried to support his sobriety and prayed for his balance for years (and always will of course) but shaming/blaming women for a man’s inability to keep his s**t together is a very major problem.”
What you guys aren’t gonna do is blame Ariana Grande for his addiction when he was struggling with it BEFORE they even started dating. Addiction is a horrible illness & hard to beat so instead of trying judge/blame everyone for it try to help/understand people struggling with it pic.twitter.com/akKiOMkBoW
— aja🧚🏾♀️ (@trappednerves) September 7, 2018
Fortunately, Grande had the back up from her fans, as well as certain news articles, such as The Independent, that wrote that it wasn’t Ariana Grande’s job to save Miller, and that the real blame should be put down to addiction.
Following Mac Miller’s death, his family made a statement, reading: “Malcolm McCormick, known and adored by fans as Mac Miller, has tragically passed away at the age of 26.”
“He was a bright light in this world for his family, friends and fans. Thank you for your prayers. Please respect our privacy. There are no further details as to the cause of his death at this time”
It’s easy to point the finger at someone after another’s death, but the truth is, as mentioned above, it was not Ariana’s responsibility to always look after her ex. Addictions and bad habits can be extremely hard to break, and there’s only so much a person can do to help.
However, many believe Ariana Grande’s relationship with Pete Davidson, and the recent news of their engagement, is what may have pushed Mac Miller over the edge, provoking his overdose due to his addictions. Our condolences go to Mac Miller and his family.
Story by Emily Clark
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