The musician has a very understandable reason for bowing out of the 2018 Emmy Awards.
Ariana Grande fans had hoped that they would see her standing alongside Pete Davidson on the red carpet at the 2018 Emmy Awards last night – particularly as Saturday Night Live had been nominated for several awards.
And, in the hours before the star-studded event, Grande’s attendance seemed all but confirmed as photographs of her and Pete Davidson’s seat cards began circulating on Twitter.
However, it was later confirmed that Grande had decided to bow out of the event.
“Contrary to reports, Ariana will not be attending the Emmys tonight,” her team shared with People. “Pete has also opted to not attend to be with her in New York.”
Their statement continued: “Given the events of the past couple of years, Ariana is going to take some much needed time to heal and mend. She will be staying close to home and using this period to spend time with her loved ones and work on new music without deadline.
“She thanks her fans for their understanding.”
It has been less than two weeks since Grande’s ex-boyfriend, Mac Miller, died of a suspected drug overdose. He was 26 years old.
In a poignant tribute to Miller, which she posted to her Instagram earlier this week, Grande said: “I adored you from the day I met you when I was nineteen and I always will. I can’t believe you aren’t here anymore. I really can’t wrap my head around it.
“We talked about this, so many times. I’m so mad, I’m so sad, and I don’t know what to do. You were my dearest friend, for so long.
“Above anything else, I’m so sorry I couldn’t fix or take your pain away, [because] I really wanted to.”
The singer finished: “[You were] the kindest, sweetest soul with demons he never deserved. I hope you’re OK now. Rest.”
As well as coming to terms with Miller’s death, Grande continues to struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and anxiety after a man walked into the Manchester Arena on 22 May 2017 and detonated a bomb at her concert, killing 22 of her fans and injuring more than 500 others.
“I think a lot of people have anxiety, especially right now,” she said earlier this year. “My anxiety has anxiety … I’ve always had anxiety. I’ve never really spoken about it because I thought everyone had it, but when I got home from tour [in September 2017] it was the most severe I think it’s ever been.”