Ariana Grande Reveals Romantic First Date With Ex Nathan Sykes, Says She's an "Old Soul"

Entertainment Dec. 30, 2013 AT 11:10AM
Ariana Grande in Cosmopolitan In the new issue of Cosmopolitan, Ariana Grande dishes on her romantic first date with ex-boyfriend Nathan Sykes of The Wanted Credit: Matt Jones

Ah, the way they were. Nathan Sykes and Ariana Grande -- a.k.a. Nariana -- may have ended their teen-dream romance, but they'll always have the memory of their romantic first date. Appearing on the cover of Cosmopolitan's February issue, the 20-year-old "Baby I" singer dishes about how the Wanted boy bander wooed her with flowers and pastries.

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"We were going back to his hotel to watch a movie, and he had Laduree macarons and sunflowers waiting -- I love Parisian baked goods, and sunflowers are my favorite flower," Grande tells the mag. "He had taken the DVD player out of the bedroom and into the living room, because he said he didn't want to take me into the bedroom on the first date."

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Us Weekly first broke the news that the two were dating back in August, after they released their duet, "Almost Is Never Enough," for the movie The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones. However, sources confirmed to Us shortly before Christmas that they had split.

Don't expect Grande to go wild now that she's single, though. "I think I'm an old soul," she tells Cosmo. "What excites younger people doesn't excite me...I'm kind of a boring, normal girl who likes Harry Potter and to sit in her pajamas and sing."

In the new issue of Cosmopolitan, Ariana Grande dishes on her romantic first date with ex-boyfriend Nathan Sykes of The Wanted
In the new issue of Cosmopolitan, Ariana Grande dishes on her romantic first date with ex-boyfriend Nathan Sykes of The Wanted

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"A lot of my friends are partiers," she adds, "but I've never really clicked with that. I like Barbra Streisand, and when was the last time you saw Babs getting, like, turnt up? That's kind of the road that I, as a lady, would like to go down."

The iCarly actress is certainly off to a promising start. Grande is one of the biggest breakout stars of 2013 -- much to her apparent surprise.

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"I never really expected to be taken seriously as an artist, and it's just been the ultimate, proudest achievement," she confesses. "I've dealt with a lot of people not knowing what to expect from me because of my age and my personality. People often mistake my kindness for weakness, and they didn't expect much from me, because at the end of the day, I'm just a nice Italian girl from Boca."

For more from Ariana Grande, pick up the new issue of Cosmopolitan, on stands Jan. 7.

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