Following the death of her ex-boyfriend Mac Miller, Ariana Grande posted a wordless tribute to the rapper on her Instagram page.
Miller, whose real name was Malcolm McCormick, was found unresponsive in his home on Friday and later pronounced dead of an apparent overdose. He was 26 years old.
Miller and Grande, 25, dated for nearly two years before parting ways in May 2018. On Sunday, Grande posted a black and white photo of Miller on her Instagram page, devoid of a caption and with comments disabled. According to People, some on social media had begun blaming Grande for Miller’s passing, which may have prompted Grande’s decision to turn off the comments on her post.
Miller had long struggled with addiction prior to his death, and was arrested on drunk driving and hit-and-run charges in May, shortly after his breakup with Grande. After a fan on Twitter blamed Grande for Miller’s accident, Grande fired back in response, calling their relationship “toxic” and revealing that his struggle with addiction had taken a toll on the both of them.
“How absurd that you minimize female self-respect and self-worth by saying someone should stay in a toxic relationship because he wrote an album about them, which btw isn’t the case (just Cinderella is ab me),” Grande wrote in response to a fan who claimed that Grande, who had then begun dating her current fiancé Pete Davidson, “dumped [Miller] for another dude” after Miller supposedly wrote an album about her.
“I am not a babysitter or a mother and no woman should feel that they need to be. I have cared for him and tried to support his sobriety & prayed for his balance for years (and always will of course) but shaming/blaming women for a man’s inability to keep his sh-t together is a very major problem,” she continued. “Let’s please stop doing that. Of course I didn’t share about how hard or scary it was while it was happening but it was. I will continue to pray from the bottom of my heart that he figures it all out and that any other woman in this position does as well.”
Anumber of celebrities have publicly paid tribute to the late rapper. During a performance in Boston, Massachusetts on Friday — the day of Miller’s death — Drake took a moment to dedicate the show to Miller. Fellow rapper G-Eazy did the same at a show in Tampa, Florida on Friday, as did J. Cole and numerous other artists.
Some who knew Miller paid their respects via social media.
“I can’t keep losing friends like this...I wish I spent more time with you these past weeks...I’m so sorry... rip MAC...you wrote the soundtrack to my college years and I’m so happy I got to know you...this sucks this really really sucks,” Charlie Puth wrote on Twitter. He added later, “This is not real, I’m waiting for you to call me and say it was just a joke. I texted your phone before I know u got it....”
Post Malone, who’s gone through a string of bad luck lately, reacted to Miller’s passing on Twitter, writing, “God f--king dammit. You were such an incredible person. You changed so many lives. Had so much love in your heart. You inspired me throughout highschool, and I wouldn't be where I was today without you. Never a more kind and sincere and beautiful person. I f--king love you mac.”
“We’ll make that album one day bubba. Miss you so much,” he continued.
[Photo: Mac Miller and Ariana Grande pose backstage during the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards at Madison Square Garden on August 28, 2016 in New York City. By Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagicvia Getty Images]