Ariana Grande & Mac Miller's "The Way" Celebrates 10 Years, Singer Pays Tribute To Late Rapper

The 2013 collaboration remains in our rotation to this day. RIP MM.

BYHayley Hynes
2016 MTV Video Music Awards - Show & Audience

2023 will mark the five-year anniversary of Mac Miller's untimely passing, and much of the music community still hasn't fully processed the rapper's death. Among those chiefly upset by his fatal overdose include ex-girlfriend Ariana Grande, who was on track to marry comedian Pete Davidson at the time. Prior to that relationship, she and the late star were together romantically from 2016 to 2018 after bonding throughout years of friendship.

After Miller's passing, the sweetener songstress and her Staten Island-born beau went their separate ways. He's presently spending time with Bodies Bodies Bodies co-star Chase Sui Wonders, while Grande has moved on to marry Dalton Gomez, a real estate agent whose life is mostly out of the spotlight. Even though she's now with another, the former Nickelodeon star continues to make it obvious that there will always be room in her heart for her fallen former lover.

Revisit Ariana Grande and Mac Miller's Undeniable Chemistry in "The Way" Visual

On Saturday (March 25), the duo's 2013 collaboration, "The Way" celebrated its 10th birthday. Though Miller isn't here to commemorate the special moment himself, Grande did her part to uphold his legacy by posting about their joint effort on her Instagram Story. "I love you," she wrote at the bottom of the screen in tiny white font when sharing the song's accompanying visual this past weekend.

As DailyMail notes, the vocalist did her part to make sure that her strong feelings for Miller were clearly felt online. In the comment section of the same video, she once again wrote, "I love you." Throughout the years, the ponytail princess has often shared subtle but heartfelt tributes to her ex, who has gone on to inspire some of her most popular releases, such as "Thank U, Next." While she continues to remember their love in a positive light, others, such as Kanye West, have tried to ruin that narrative by insisting Pete was sending photos of him and Ariana Grande in bed together to her ex following their split, seemingly resulting in his overdose. Read what the pop star's brother had to say about that here, and check back later for more pop culture news updates.


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Hayley Hynes is the Weekend Managing Editor of HotNewHipHop, and has been since 2021. She began writing for the website that same year, primarily covering content in the Music, Pop Culture, and Streetwear niches after graduating from Vancouver’s Blanche Macdonald Centre with a Fashion Marketing Diploma. She previously reported on Travel, Entertainment, Beauty, and News at Narcity Canada for over three years. Hayley has also contributed articles and interviews within these realms to Folklr Magazine and the Calgary Journal while studying Journalism at Mount Royal University. In her spare time, she freelances for Bandbox Vinyl, having already interviewed hip-hop icons like Atmosphere and explored Syd’s discography. Hayley also uses her expansive pop culture knowledge and passion for astrology/self-enhancement to help others explore their curiosity in an ongoing Instagram video series. Among her favourite hip-hop artists are A$AP Rocky, Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Nicki Minaj, and Mac Miller.