Ariana Grande Left an Ex Out of ‘Thank U, Next’: Nathan Sykes Speaks on Relationship

Ariana Grande released a surprise, kind breakup anthem on Sunday, which mentioned four of her ex-boyfriends by name. Nathan Sykes, however, was not one of them.

Sykes, the singer from band The Wanted, told TMZ he hasn’t yet heard the song, lightheartedly adding he was relieved to not be mentioned.

“That’s good,” he said of his name not appearing in the lyrics. “No, that’s good. No, that’s nice. But I hear [the song is] amazing, so that’s fantastic.”

The track, titled “Thank U, Next,” explores what Grande learned from her past relationships. Some things she noted in the lyrics are love, patience and pain. The media outlet asked Sykes what he taught her in the relationship. He made no claim.

“I don’t tell anyone what they can learn from me,” Sykes said. As for if he learned anything from Grande, the musician wasn’t sure. “Well, it was a long time ago. I suppose you just grow as a person, don’t you? --- Very, very young. I wouldn’t know, mate. It’s been a long time.”

GettyImages-966582050 Ariana Grande performs onstage during the 2018 iHeartRadio Wango Tango by AT&T at Banc of California Stadium on June 2, 2018, in Los Angeles, California. Grande released a breakup single, "Thank U, Next" on Sunday. Rich Polk/Getty Images for iHeartMedia

The outlet also reminded Sykes his ex was now single. He quickly shut down the idea that he could try to win her over again. “No, like I said, it was a long time ago.”

Grande and Sykes confirmed their relationship in September 2013 and broke up sometime in January 2014, according to Bustle. The pair claimed to remain friends, and later collaborated when Sykes featured Grande on a track titled “Over and Over Again.”

Sykes was not the only boyfriend Grande left out of the track. It also did not mention Jai Brooks, who Grande dated for two years beginning in 2012, In Style reported.

The song focused on a handful of Grande’s other relationships including Big Sean, Ricky Alvarez, her recent ex-fiance Pete Davidson and the now-deceased rapper Mac Miller. Grande focuses on the idea of marriage in the bridge of the song, stating she only wants to be married once. She and Davidson broke their engagement in October, though neither has given a specific reason for the split.

The song also notes Grande is now focusing on herself, and is happy without a relationship. Grande released her fourth album, Sweetner in August, and announced a fifth album, titled Thank U, Next, will be released possibly before the end of 2018. She also claimed her Sweetener tour will incorporate two eras via Twitter in October.

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