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    Ariana Grande's New Song Is Probably About Mac Miller, So Here Are All The References

    So many emotions.

    Following the theme of dropping bangers from nowhere after "Thank U, Next" last month, today Ariana Grande has released another brand new track, "Imagine," ahead of her upcoming album.

    People immediately flooded Twitter to say how much they loved the track, with many suggesting that the song is about Ariana's late ex-boyfriend Mac Miller, who died from an accidental overdose in September.

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    So, here are all the possible references to Mac in the song.

    First up, the title of the track could be seen as a reference to the huge "Imagine" tattoo that Mac had inked on the inside of his bicep.

    There are also a couple of lines from "Imagine" that perfectly mirror lyrics from Mac's song "Cinderella," which Ariana confirmed was written about her back in May.

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    Firstly, there's this reference to the subject of the song ordering Ariana "pad Thai."

    And in "Cinderella" we have this line about "stir fry."

    There's also a lyric in "Imagine" which suggests that Ariana didn't necessarily see herself with the subject of the song until they were together.

    This echoes the sentiment in "Cinderella" which contains the lyric: "You used to tell me all the time I ain't your type."

    In fact, Mac once admitted that Ariana's first impression of him was that he "looked weird."

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    Speaking in 2013, Mac said: "If you ever interview her she'll tell you an awesome story about her label person telling her she should work with me, and her saying: "He looks weird."

    The reference to "sleeping til noon" in "Imagine" is also interesting.

    Because in "Cinderella," Mac refers to Ariana being "in his dreams" so much so that he "sleeps all the time."

    And, two months after Mac's death — which judging by this interview was around the time "Imagine" was written — Ariana tweeted the lyrics from "Cinderella."

    Ariana also says her "first kiss" with the subject of the song was "perfect." Well, her first kiss with Mac was documented for the world to see.

    In fact, their first kiss actually happened in her video for "The Way," — her 2013 hit which featured Mac. In the behind-the-scenes cut of the shoot, the video's director can be seen telling the pair to "kiss for four seconds." And, while they both appeared a little nervous, they managed to pull the whole thing off perfectly.

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    People have even made the connection between the whistle tones in "Imagine" and "The Way," which occur at around the 2.45 and 3.14 marks respectively.

    realising ariana did whistle tones in the way with mac and in imagine about mac...i’m sad :( how did we get here :(

    ari’s whistle tone in imagine... dont @ me but i swear the last time she used whistle tones on a song of hers was on the way feat. mac miller...

    she did whistle tones in the way.... her first song with mac..... and imagine is supposed to be about mac.......... brb crying

    The pre-chorus describing the clicking of a camera and posting of photos or videos on social media could also be seen as a Mac reference.

    In fact, the first hint that the pair were together after three years of friendship came from this Instagram post which Ariana captioned: "baabyyy."

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    The image and caption were so provocative that even Ryan Seacrest probed Ariana as to whether it was confirmation of their relationship.

    And throughout their relationship, both Mac and Ariana shared countless videos and photos of themselves together on Instagram and Snapchat, something Ariana has continued to to do even after his death.

    But perhaps most tellingly of all, Ariana has also shared a series of social media posts which allude to the song being about Mac. Firstly, she said the song described "being in denial" about the end of a relationship.

    Before adding that this "denial" meant "pretending a [relationship] never ended."

    @GRANDESDEVOTlON kind of like... pretending it never ended. denial. but i look forward to you hearing it and having your own experience with it. you may take away something totally different and specific to your life! love u.

    And in another tweet, Ariana said the song referenced a love that "is now (and forever) unattainable" — the finality of which points to Mac as the subject more than her other exes.

    You can listen to the song in full here.

    View this video on YouTube

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