Ariana Grande Skips Emmys to “Heal & Mend” Following Death of Mac Miller

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There’s a lot that can be said about last night’s Emmy Awards. The fashion was jaw-dropping, the winners were well-deserved, the acceptance speeches were on-point (plus, did you see that proposal???)… And, yet, despite a night filled with happy occasions and positive thoughts, we can’t help but feel for Ariana Grande this morning.

Apparently, the 25-year-old “God is a Woman” singer was expected to attend the 2018 Emmys with her comedian fiancé, 24-year-old Pete Davidson. After all, basically the entire cast of Saturday Night Live was there, so he probably would’ve graced the stage at least once. There was even a reported seating chart with the stars’ names and faces included:

But, if you were paying attention throughout the night, you’d have noticed that neither showed up to the festivities. According to the singer’s reps (via People), in a statement published during the show, “Contrary to reports, Ariana will not be attending the Emmys tonight. Pete has also opted to not attend to be with her in New York.”

“Given the events of the past couple of years, Ariana is going to take some much needed time to heal and mend,” her team added. “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.”

Said events include the bombing at Ariana’s concert in Manchester on May 22, 2017 that left 22 dead (including nine teenagers and one child), as well as the far more recent death of her ex-boyfriend, Mac Miller. He died from an apparent overdose on September 7, 2018.

The Nickelodeon alum broke her silence about the rapper’s tragic passing a week after learning of the horrific event. “i adored you from the day i met you when i was nineteen and i always will,” she wrote. “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 i don’t know what to do,” she continued. “you were my dearest friend. for so long. above anything else. i’m so sorry i couldn’t fix or take your pain away. i really wanted to. the kindest, sweetest soul with demons he never deserved. i hope you’re okay now. rest.”