When we first heard Ariana Grande and Big Sean were working together, it was when the Detroit rapper was featured on her 2013 single “Right There.” But it looks like they’ve moved past the friendship and collaboration stage into something a little more… intimate. During the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards, they were caught on camera holding hands backstage, sparking rampant speculation that that they’re a couple. Check out a timeline of Ariana and Big Sean’s relationship.
“Right There” Collaboration
In August 2013, Ariana debuted the single “Right There” from her debut album Yours Truly, featuring Big Sean. Of course, they weren’t together at the time, but it sure sounds like a bit of forecasting, doesn’t it? “Boy, you make me feel so lucky/ Finally the stars align,” she croons. “Cause you listen and you care/ You’re so different, no one compares.”
Sean’s lines, though they’re not meant literally, are pretty funny considering that he was there to pick up Ariana after she took a fall backstage at the 2014 VMAs. “If it all fell through, would you catch me before the pavement?” he raps. “If my Benz turned back to public transportation, would you still be at home for me with the candles waiting?”
On Stage Chemistry
In September 2013, Ariana and Sean hit the Nokia Theater stage in Los Angeles to perform “Right There” as part of The Listening Sessions Tour. The vibes were good, and this was only the beginning. Just three months later, they were together again to perform the song during Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve Party with Ryan Seacrest in New York. In April, shortly after Sean called off his engagement to Naya Rivera, he and Ariana also performed together at the White House for The 2014 Easter Egg Roll.
Their First Music Video
It’s not real until you put it in a music video. In October, 2013, Ariana debuted her visuals for “Right There,” and she went with the elaborate Shakespearean story line. Unfortunately, Sean didn’t play the Romeo to her Juliet at that point, but just look how quickly things changed! (He was only the “priest,” FYI).
On Screen Again
In late May, Ms. Grande dropped the video for her hit single “Problem,” featuring Iggy Azalea, and although Sean is only featured on the track briefly (that’s him whispering) he also made a cameo in the video. Because, you know, friends support each other on video shoots.
We’ll let you read into the title of this song as much as you want. After teasing her latest collaboration with Big Sean in July, Ariana unleashed the full single in August, just a few weeks before the debut of his second album My Everything. For this song, they slowed things down a bit, and we find Ariana singing about an on-again, off-again relationship. “Break up / Make up / Total waste of time / Can we please make up our minds / And stop acting like we’re fine,” she sings. Perhaps she was signaling that she’s cutting ties with an old ex once and for all before solidifying a relationship with Sean.
Holding Hands At The VMAs
For weeks now, there have been rumors that Ariana and Sean are officially dating — date nights to see “The Purge,” for example — but we only got solid proof thanks to the backstage cameras at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards. After performing and accepting her award for Best Pop Video, the 21-year-old star runs backstage and she’s greeted by Sean. When she trips and stumbles in her excitement, he’s there to pick her up and hold hands.