Ariana Grande is absolutely devastated at her ex-boyfriend Mac Miller’s shock death from an apparent overdose, friends have claimed.
The Sweetener singer, who split from Mac in May after two years together, had been rooting from him to give up drugs and is said to be "very upset" in the wake of him dying.
The 26-year-old rapper was found dead at his LA home around noon on Friday and the news broke last night.
Ariana has been holed up at home in the New York apartment she shares with fiance Pete Davidson and is being comforted by her long-term manager Scooter Braun.
An insider told Entertainment Tonight: "Although the two ended their relationship, Ariana always shared a deep connection with Mac and wanted nothing but the best for him. Ariana is very upset."
And another source revealed "Despite their split, Ariana had always been supportive of his sobriety."
Mac Miller RIP
Mac – real name Malcolm James McCormick – was open about his drug use and said in a 2016 documentary that he "hates being sober" and could never turn down substances that were offered to him.
He and Ariana dated for nearly two years, and she once described him as "one of my best friends in the whole world".
When they split, she wrote: "I respect and adore him endlessly and am grateful to have him in my life in any form, at all times regardless of how our relationship changes or what the universe holds for each of us."
"Unconditional love is not selfish," she went on.
"It is wanting the best for that person even if at the moment, it’s not you. I can’t wait to know and support you forever and I’m so proud of you!!"
But just two weeks later, after Mac received a DUI for wrecking his car in a drunken crash, Ariana revealed the grim truth behind their breakup as she admitted she could no longer go on "babysitting" her drug-obsessed ex.
She ranted in response to a fan, who tweeted her saying: "Mac Miller totaling his G wagon and getting a DUI after Ariana Grande dumped him for another dude after he poured his heart out on a ten song album to her called the divine feminine is just the most heartbreaking thing happening in Hollywood."
Ariana replied: "How absurd that you minimise 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 about me).
"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 and prayed for his balance for years (and always will of course)."
She continued: "But shaming / blaming women for a man’s inability to keep his s*** together is a very major problem. 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."
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