It’s hard to believe that it’s been seven months since Ariana Grande’s ex Mac Miller tragically passed away at age 26 from a drug overdose. Now, the pop star admitted that it’s not always easy to move on. “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.”

Earlier that same day, the Florida native, 25, gushed about how supportive her fans are in a series of Instagram Stories. “You make everything better. Thank you for your energy. Truly,” she said. “I love y’all, so much. You have no idea how much y’all help me. How happy you make me. Sharing a state. This life with y’all is so beautiful. Thank you so much for being here. And for reminding me why I am too!”

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The Victorious alum dated the “Come Back to Earth” crooner for two years before they broke up in May 2018. On September 7, 2018, Mac was found dead in his Los Angeles home. The Pittsburgh native’s toxicology report claimed that he died from a combination of several drugs — fentanyl, cocaine and ethanol.

The “Monopoly” songstress honored her former beau one week after his death on social media. “I adored you from the day I met you when I was 19, and I always will,” she wrote in a heartfelt note. “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. To the kindest, sweetest soul with demons he never deserved. I hope you’re OK now. Rest.”

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Since then, Mac has clearly been on the forefront of Ari’s mind ever since she kicked off her Sweetener tour on March 18 in Albany, New York, where she played some of his music before she performed. “Mhmm my mind is all over the place and v emotional,” she wrote on Twitter on March 19 and gave a shout-out to her Arianators for always being there for her. “Thank u. I don’t know what I’m posting rn TBH. At all. I’ll hit u tomorrow bc … tonight was too much. Thank you, thank you, thank you. I love you. And I yeah. I love this song @pharrell. I love you @alfredoflores.”

Stay strong, Ari!

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