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The 22-year-old singer opened up in an interview with Billboard and discussed what she learned about dating in the public eye, especially as a pop star. When asked about her 8-month relationship with her rapper ex-boyfriend, she explains that the split was easy. Rather, it was the tabloid coverage overshadowing her work and talent that made things more difficult.
Without saying any names, Grande projects her feelings by using an example of another female singer whose name continuously coincides with her ex-boyfriend's (it's pretty clear she's referring to Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber).
"I'll never be able to swallow the fact that people feel the need to attach a successful woman to a man when they say her name," says Grande, alluding to the other singer's relationship. "I saw a headline—draw your own conclusions [on the subjects] because it'll be so much drama that I don't want—they called someone another someone's ex, and that pissed me off."