Mac, whose real name is Malcolm McCormick, was found dead in his Los Angeles home after suffering an apparent overdose. He was 26. He and Ariana, 25, had dated for at least a year and a half until they broke up earlier this year. After his death, Ariana paid tribute to him on Twitter. She then began a break from the spotlight.
Mac’s death came more than a year after a suicide bomber killed 22 people and injured dozens more at Ariana’s concert in Manchester. While the singer was not physically harmed, she was left with PTSD.
“Given the events of the past couple of years, Ariana is going to take some much needed time to heal and mend,” Grande’s team said in a statement on September 17. “She will be staying close to home and using this period to spend time with her loved ones and work on new music without deadline. She thanks her fans for their understanding.”
A week later, Ariana signaled on social media that she won’t be touring for a long time. She later said she might do a mini tour.