Ariana Grande’s Manager Opens Up About Her “Sh*tty Boyfriend”
Scooter Braun is not holding back… not even a little bit. Ariana Grande’s longtime manager just spilled so much tea about their professional relationship, including the time he and the “No Tears Left to Cry” singer parted ways because of her “sh*tty boyfriend.” The shade is real, you guys.
In a candid new interview with Variety, Scooter discussed their falling out in February 2016 and why he didn’t throw Ariana under the bus as so many other managers in the industry would have done.
“I could have said a lot of stuff, and in fact, my team wanted me to, because they were pissed,” Scooter explained. “But I said ‘We’re not gonna say a word, and this is gonna come back around.’ They were like, ‘Never take her back!’ But I just said, ‘Let’s stay quiet and let our truth be our actions.’”
Scooter then went on to reveal how he and Ariana started working together again, hinting that it was immediately after an old boyfriend was out of the picture. “And when sh*tty boyfriends leave…” he continued, “She starts to see the light on some stuff, and one day I got a phone call. She said, ‘Can I see you tomorrow?’ and I said, ‘No, I’m busy,’ — I actually couldn’t — so I said, ‘I could see you Thursday’ or whatever and I went over there and we had a very honest conversation.”
Though he didn’t name the “sh*tty boyfriend,” Cosmopolitan pointed out that all signs point to Ariana’s ex, Ricky Alvarez. According to her dating timeline, it would make the most sense. She split with Big Sean in April 2015 and went on to date Ricky soon after that. Ariana broke up with him in July 2016 and then just weeks later, she reunited with Scooter. Let us remind you that Ricky is the same guy that Ariana licked donuts with so, um, he’s not exactly the best influence.
But despite everything that went down, Scooter said the incident made his and Ariana’s relationship stronger. It also made him a better manager because she showed him that he was replaceable.
“And that relationship we had, from being fired to getting back together, really gave us the strength for what we never imagined would come that following year,” he added, referring to the Manchester bombing. “It made me and her really tight, because now when we get into those fights and she’s coming at me, I just go, ‘Whoa, do you want to go back to where we were?’ and then it kinda calms down.”
These days, Scooter has been there to support Ariana during some of the most difficult months of her life. Not only did she lose her ex-boyfriend, Mac Miller, to an overdose in September, but she and fiancé Pete Davidson ended their engagement after five months together.
Ariana’s boyfriends may come and go, but Scooter Braun is here to stay!