Mac Miller’s untimely passing took a serious emotional toll on ex-girlfriend Ariana Grande and sources say it played a big role in her split from fiancé Pete Davidson.
The pop star, 25, and Saturday Night Live actor, 24, started dating in May — the same month it was confirmed she’d ended things with the rapper — and they were engaged by mid-June. On Sept. 7, Miller died at age 26 from an apparent overdose, and this past weekend, Davidson and Grande broke up.
A source close to the “No Tears Left to Cry” singer told PEOPLE that “It’s true that Ariana has been struggling a bit with life in general,” after her ex’s death, adding: “It was devastating and shocking to her. It’s had a huge, negative impact on her life. It made her rethink many things in her life.”One commitment she ended up reassessing was her imminent marriage, the insider continued. “She realized that planning a wedding right now felt very rushed. It’s not what she wants to do right now. She doesn’t want to make any rushed decisions and has decided to take a step back instead.”
Added a source close to Davidson, “They’re dealing with things that people wouldn’t have to deal with in a lifetime — an ex-boyfriend reportedly overdosing and having all of this fame and attention. These followers and living their lives on social media … it’s a different world.”
In the wake of Miller’s shocking death, a source told PEOPLE that Grande“completely broke down after she found out about Mac… She can’t believe he isn’t here anymore. He was such a special person to her. She is very, very sad. … This is a nightmare for her.”
Prior to news of Ariana and Pete’s split, Ariana said she was ready to release new music before the end of the year. We wonder if she’ll directly address her split then.