Ariana Grande's manager Scooter Braun gave a particularly revealing look into their relationship—and how one of Grande's 'shitty' boyfriends almost permanently ruined it—in an interview with . Braun opened up about how being fired by Grande in 2016 changed him—and why he chose to keep his opinions about Grande and who she was dating to himself right after she dismissed him:
'I watched this other manager get fired, and I saw him defend himself instantly and put out a lot of truths,' Braun started. 'And I watched the artist see those truths, not want to deal with it, and then forever hate that manager. And with Ariana, I could have said a lot of stuff, and in fact my team wanted me to, because they were pissed. But I said "We’re not gonna say a word, and this is gonna come back around." They were like, "Never take her back!," but I just said "Let’s stay quiet and let our truth be our actions."'
'And when sh*tty boyfriends leave,' Braun said with a laugh, 'She starts to see the light on some stuff, and one day I got a phone call. She said, "Can I see you tomorrow?" and I said, "No, I’m busy,"— I actually couldn’t, so I said "I could see you Thursday" or whatever and I went over there and we had a very honest conversation.'
The whole incident improved his relationship with Grande ultimately: 'It made me and her really tight, because now when we get into those fights and she’s coming at me, I just go, "Whoa, do you want to go back to where we were?," and then it kinda calms down.'
As for what 'shitty' boyfriend Braun is talking about, it's not Mac Miller. According to , Braun and Grande's professional split was in February 2016, and they got back together in September 2016. Grande started dating Miller in August 2016. pointed out that Grande was dating Ricky Alvarez, who she was with for a year before breaking up with him in July 2016, according to . Alvarez was the guy with her.