For the past few months, Ariana Grande has been making her way around the country on the Sweetener world tour, and by all accounts, she’s been giving it her all. Along with the tour’s high notes, there have been a lot of emotional moments, too. The “7 Rings” singer has found ways to honor her late ex, Mac Miller, who passed away in September 2018, and on occasion, she has cried on stage while singing about him. Grande’s latest tour stop was in Miller’s hometown of Pittsburgh, and performing there appeared to be especially difficult for her.
According to TMZ, Grande performed in Pittsburgh on June 12th, and during “Thank U, Next,” she got choked up while singing the line about Miller. When it came time to sing, “Wish I could say ‘thank you’ to Malcolm,” she stopped just before saying her ex’s name, but fans encouraged her with cheers. She ultimately recovered and was able to continue. Grande also opened the show with “Raindrops (An Angel Cried),” and began crying so hard that she was unable to finish the song.
It’s easy to understand why these songs would be painful for her to sing, especially in Pittsburgh, and fans shared their love and support for her on Twitter.
if @arianagrande crying during & not being able to finish raindrops at her #SWTPittsburgh show doesn’t break your heart i don’t know what will. we all miss you @macmiller 🥺💔💙 pic.twitter.com/fVr8piNsxI— ♔Alexa Rae (@lexadee22) June 13, 2019
love how the whole crowd cheered when she said mac’s name🥺 tonight’s show was very hard for her and the fact that she went on that stage and gave her absolute everything is amazing, she’s so fucken strong ♡ #ArianaGrande #SWTPittsburgh pic.twitter.com/lJCipWADl3— EM ❥ (@_ericam5) June 13, 2019
Pittsburgh loves you so so much. super grateful I was able to be here for this moment. Mac is always with us and shining over you every night💜— Ky ♡ (@promisememarais) June 13, 2019
We love you so so much @ArianaGrande xx #swtpittsburgh pic.twitter.com/mGQmzE7gTf
Since Miller’s passing, Grande has shared tributes to him on social media and played his music before some of her shows. Her music also seems to contain several references to him. Some fans believe that the song “Ghostin,” from Thank U, Next, is about Grande’s experience being in a relationship with Pete Davidson while mourning Miller.
Visiting Pittsburgh after Miller’s death is undoubtedly hard for Grande, and we’re sending her so much love and support over the next few days.