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Ariana Grande Pays Tribute to Her ‘The Way’ Single With Mac Miller on the 6th Anniversary of Its Release

Ariana Grande Pays Tribute to Her ‘The Way’ Single With Mac Miller on the Sixth Anniversary of Its Release
Mac Miller and Ariana Grande at The 2016 MTV Video Music Awards at Madison Square Garden on August 28, 2016 in New York City.Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic

A bittersweet anniversary. Ariana Grande’s first charting single, “The Way,” was released on March 25, 2013, but her late collaborator and ex-boyfriend, Mac Miller, isn’t here to share in her celebration.

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The “Break Up With Your Girlfriend, I’m Bored” singer, 25, paid tribute to their tune via her Instagram Stories on Monday, March 25.

“Six years,” she captioned an all-black screen with a white heart at the bottom.

Ariana Grande Pays Tribute to Her ‘The Way’ Single With Mac Miller on the Sixth Anniversary of Its Release
Courtesy Ariana Grande/Instagram

The track, which was the first of two songs the former pair collaborated on together, reached No. 9 on the Billboard Hot 100. (The duo also worked together on the rapper’s “My Favorite Part” song from his 2016 album, The Divine Feminine.)

Grande and Miller split in May 2018 after nearly two years of dating. Later that month, the Victorious alum moved on with Saturday Night Live star Pete Davidson, to whom she became engaged in June.

The couple’s relationship was rocked, however, when the “Self Care” singer passed away on September 7 of mixed drug toxicity, according to an autopsy report obtained by Us Weekly. The musician had fentanyl, cocaine and alcohol in his system at the time of his death.

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“[Ariana and Pete’s] relationship was really complicated with the passing of Mac Miller,” a source told Us that same month. “It put a tremendous amount of strain on their relationship.”

The SNL star, who is now dating Kate Beckinsale, split from Grande shortly after in October.

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The Nickelodeon alum, who had a tattoo of the late singer’s dog Myron inked onto her foot, frequently posts about Miller.

One week after his death, she shared a heartbreaking message to him on Instagram. “I adored you from the day i met you when i was nineteen and i always will,” she wrote. “I can’t believe you aren’t here anymore. i really can’t wrap my head around it. We talked about this. so many times. i’m so mad, i’m so sad i don’t know what to do. you were my dearest friend. for so long. above anything else. i’m so sorry i couldn’t fix or take your pain away. i really wanted to. the kindest, sweetest soul with demons he never deserved. i hope you’re okay now. rest.”

Grande also remembered him on what would have been his 27th birthday: “Miss you,” she tweeted on January 19.

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