On Thursday, Ariana Grande stepped into the Kanye West/Drake clash and encouraged people to turn their attention away from the feud to focus on “beautiful, new songs” she and Miley Cyrus had dropped. “Guys, i know there are grown men arguing online rn but miley and i dropping our beautiful, new songs tonight so if y’all could please jus behave for just like a few hours so the girls can shine that’d be so sick thank u,” she tweeted.
Apparently that didn’t make West very happy. On Saturday, the rapper fired off a few tweets aimed at Grande, letting her know that “all of this foolishness weighed on my mental health” and directing her not to “use me or this moment to promote a song.”
It was a pointed accusation, but Grande wasn’t going to let that one sit. She clapped back in the nicest way possible: In her own tweet, she said that she was sorry she had offended him, but made it crystal clear she doesn’t need him to promote her music.
“With all due respect,” she wrote, “I don’t need to use anyone to promote anything. period. I was making a comment ab what men were doing at the time vs. women. It was a joke which i understand now was probably insensitive. I apologize if i was in any way triggering and hope u feel well today.”
Grande’s comments seemed to read more about the public focusing on “grown men arguing” than attacking West, and she seemed to be getting at how oftentimes women’s accomplishments are overshadowed by men in the media. Still, she did her part to try to smooth things over.
The singer had made the joke about the Kanye-Drake showdown just before releasing her newest song, “Imagine,” which many people think is about her relationship with Mac Miller, who passed away this year. Although she hasn’t revealed who inspired the track, she did share that it’s about “pretending” a relationship “never ended.”