On his podcast The Shane Show after his friend’s death, Shane Powers acknowledged how much Grande—who was unfairly accused by merciless online critics of dropping Miller in his time of need when they broke up and he was arrested weeks later for leaving the scene of a suspected DUI crash—tried to help him.
“Ariana and him were together and they were very much in love,” Power recalled. “And I have to say, she was incredible when he was first sobering up. She was a f–king G to him. There could not have been anybody more supportive of him being sober than Ariana. I saw that, I was around it. I took phone calls from her, ‘How do I help? What do I do?’ This little girl was unbelievably involved and helpful to him being healthy. Because whether he’s an addict or not, the way that Mac partied was not healthy.”
But theirs was a relationship that changed both their lives, despite Grande being the only one left to unpack what they had and what it meant.
Miller told Beats 1 host Zane Lowe in an interview a few weeks before his critically acclaimed Swimming came out Aug. 3, 2018, “I was in love with somebody. We were together for two years. We worked through good times, bad times, stress, and everything else. And then it came to an end, and we both moved on. And it’s that simple, you know?”
At the time she was with someone new, and that was “strange,” he admitted, but “I am happy for her and moving forward with her life, just as I’m sure she is with me.”
Grande has been able to move forward, but she has also made sure to honor her time with Miller and his legacy as an artist.