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Fans think Ariana Grande threw 'shade' at ex Pete Davidson in her new song 'Positions'

Fans think Ariana Grande threw “shade” at ex-fiancé Pete Davidson in her new song “Positions,” which was released on Friday.
Libby Torres
Oct 24, 2020, 2:38 AM
  • Ariana Grande released her new song “Positions” on Friday, and fans think she called out ex Pete Davidson in the lyrics.
  • In the first verse of the song, Grande sings, “Heaven sent you to me, I’m just hoping I don’t repeat history.”
  • But she pauses in between “re-” and “-peat,” emphasising the “-peat” part of the word, which fans took as a clear reference to Davidson.
  • “im just hopin i don’t re-pete history” if this isn’t the biggest shade-” one fan wrote, while another said, “you ain’t swift with the wordplay Ariana.”
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Fans think Ariana Grande threw “shade” at ex-fiancé Pete Davidson in her new song “Positions,” which was released on Friday.

“Heaven sent you to me, I’m just hoping that I don’t repeat history,” Grande sings in the first verse of the song, pausing between the first and second syllables of “repeat.”

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While her delivery might have been a purely stylistic choice, fans on social media were quick to point out that by separating the syllables of “repeat,” Grande emphasised the “-peat” part of the word — seemingly making a reference to Davidson’s first name.

“im just hopin i don’t re-pete history” if this isn’t the biggest shade-

— ig; tweetsarib (@arichieves) October 23, 2020

“I don’t want to re-Pete the same mistakes” you ain’t swift with the wordplay Ariana

— ???? scruggs: the final chapter ???? (@tylerscruggs) October 23, 2020

ariana said she didn't wanna re-pete history i know that's right pic.twitter.com/Z2hwyWa1CU

— vic (@kianaszouai) October 23, 2020

WAIT DID YALL CATCH THAT?? i’m just hoping i don’t re-PETE history ???????????????????????? maybe… i’m leaping pic.twitter.com/TEPjn8F3uY

— jordan ❦ (@thelightsari) October 23, 2020

y’all.. so ari said “heaven sent u to me” which is similar to “fell from the sky and into my lap” from pete davidson … but then she goes “im just hoping i don’t re-PETE my history” YALL SHES A LYRICAL GENIUS

— ms. tina // ia ???? (@SOLEYJOON) October 23, 2020

“heaven sent u to mehoping i don’t re-PETE history” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ – ariana shakespeare pic.twitter.com/5mQ1ABFQjf

— lincsé (@pacificseoul) October 23, 2020

omg yall she said “i’m just hoping i don’t re-PETE history” and took a break in between re PETE pic.twitter.com/Nd31b57NPj

— i'm a fkn meatball ❀ (@arianasb00bies) October 23, 2020

Please tell me I’m mot the only one who laughed at the pause on “re-pete (davidson) history” lmao I love her @ArianaGrande #POSITIONS

— Marta Ferrer (@martafergu) October 23, 2020

This isn’t the first time Grande has seemingly spoken out about her short-lived relationship with Davidson.

In 2019, the “God Is a Woman” singer told Vogue that their relationship was “frivolous.”

“My friends were like, ‘Come! We’re gonna have a fun summer,'” she said to the magazine. “And then I met Pete, and it was an amazing distraction. It was frivolous and fun and insane and highly unrealistic, and I loved him, and I didn’t know him.”

Grande and Davidson famously got engaged in June 2018 after less than a month of dating. They broke things off in October of that same year.

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