Ariana Grande's much anticipated fifth album, titled Thank u, Next, following the release of the hit song of the same name, dropped on Feb. 8. Since the album came out, fans are speculating nonstop about what (or rather--who) the inspirations are for each track.
"In My Head" is no exception. The song is believed by many to be geared towards Grande's ex, Pete Davidson, of Saturday Night Live fame. And the song certainly doesn't show Davidson in a positive light.
For starters, the introduction to the song was recorded by Doug Middlebrook, one of Ariana's closest friends. He opens the track by recalling what he said to the star seemingly after her breakup with Davidson:
"Here's the thing: you’re in love with a version of a person that you've created in your head, that you are trying to but cannot fix. Uh, the only thing you can fix is yourself. I love you, this has gone on way too long. Enough is enough. I'm two blocks away; I’m coming over."
As the song continues, Ariana laments about the way she imagined a person--presumably Davidson--in her head, and how this view wasn't consistent with him in reality. At one point, she addresses this by saying, "My imagination's too creative, they see demon, I see angel, angel, angel," and repeatedly references it in the chorus: "I thought you were the one, but it was all in my head, it was all in my head."
The biggest line in particular which seems to be a direct shot at Davidson is when Grande sings, "Yeah, look at you, boy, I invented you/Your Gucci tennis shoes, runnin' from your issues." Fans have searched for photos and have found this might be explicitly about Pete.
look at you, boy, I invented you— soph (@whybetteroff) February 8, 2019
Your Gucci tennis shoes pic.twitter.com/s37JkdqAMm
Overall, fans have mixed reactions to the track, but one thing is certain--almost everyone can agree it's about Pete.
While there was some talk about the track being about Grande's late ex Mac Miller, most fans came to the conclusion there were too many parallels for the track to not be about Davidson.
The media really trying to make In my Head about Mac when it’s clearly about Pete are y’all dumb #thankunext— ???? Ⓥ ?✨ (@xovalee08) February 8, 2019
Fans love the album, and it's clear that they support Grande through every relationship--and are here for the songs that come out of them.