He’s always on her mind. Ariana Grande showed her ex-boyfriend Mac Miller some love by wearing a yellow and black Pittsburgh Steelers jersey — Mac’s hometown team — while she hung out with ‘NSync backstage at The Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival on Sunday, April 14.
On Monday, April 15, Chris Kirpatrick also shared the sweet snap on Instagram, writing, “And the icing on the cake is @arianagrande is a Steelers fan!!” Chris, JC Chasez, Joey Fatone and Lance Bass reunited during the 25-year-old’s performance on Sunday, where they sang a special rendition of “Tearin’ Up My Heart.”
Sadly, Justin Timberlake couldn’t make it since he was on his Man of the Woods tour, but he gave a sweet shout-out to his bandmates and Ari on social media. “You guys killed it last night!” Of course, Chris and JC explained they were sad he wasn’t in attendance in the comments section. “Love you sir! Family for life!” JC said, while Chris wrote, “Was a lot of fun but @jtimberlake was defiantly [sic] missed! Love you, brother.”
This isn’t the first time the “7 Rings” crooner has honored her former beau. Before Ari kicked off her Sweetener tour on March 18 in Albany, New York, she played some of his music beforehand. “Ariana Grande is playing Mac Miller right before her opening song for Sweetener tour right now, and my heart can’t handle it. So many tears,” one Twitter user revealed at the time.
The “Come Back to Earth” rapper was found dead on September 7, 2018, in his Los Angeles home at age 26. The Pittsburgh native’s toxicology report claimed he died from a combination of several drugs — fentanyl, cocaine and ethanol. Ari and Mac dated for two years before they broke up in May 2018.
The Florida native recently revealed that it’s not always easy to move on from tragedy. “Healing is hard work,” she wrote on her Instagram Story on Thursday, April 4. “Accept da ups and downs. Be gentle with yourself and surround yourself with gentle energy. You’re not alone.”
We love that Ari holds a special place in her heart for Mac.