Ariana Grande spotted with ex-boyfriend Ricky Alvarez despite vowing not to date in 2019
A masked Ariana Grande was spotted wandering around New York City with her ex-boyfriend and former backup dancer Ricky Alvarez on Monday.
After vowing to stay single till the end of the year and possibly beyond, Ariana Grande was spotted wandering around New York City with her ex-boyfriend Ricky Alvarez.
The former couple, who dated for a little over a year back in 2015-16, was spotted walking together on Monday, stopping at times to chat.
A masked Ariana Grande was dressed in a down-filled jacket with a hood.
The duo became close after Ricky joined Ariana's tour as a backup dancer in 2014, and people started buzzing about their relationship when they kissed on stage during the 2015 Pride festival.
Alvarez was also present with Grande during the infamous donut-licking incident - when they were caught licking donuts at a store in Lake Elsinore, CA. The couple, however, broke up in 2016.
Ariana even mentioned Ricky in her latest hit 'Thank You, Next' in the lyrics "Wrote some songs about Ricky/ Now I listen and laugh."
This mention seemed to have rekindled some sort of relationship again, as the duo had a back and forth exchange on Instagram. Ricky posted a video of himself lounging while listening to the song and just as the line plays, the camera zooms into his stoic expression. Ariana later replied to the video, writing: "HAHAHAHHAHAHA IM SORRY U GOT THE WORST LINE @rickyrozay it was meant v lovingly."
It's speculated that Ariana's songs 'Moonlight', 'True Love', and 'Forever Boy' are about their relationship.
While they may have started hanging out together, Ariana doesn't want her fans to assume that they are back together. None of the photos of the couple in NYC show them holding hands or being romantic.
Ariana hinted at the nature of their relationship in early December through a comment on Instagram, "We're friends everyone take a big ol breather."
Just hours after she was pictured with her ex, she took to Twitter to shoot down rumors of dating anyone. She even jokingly said that she will be alone forever. Responding to a fan, who asked: "Who is Ariana dating NOW?!", the 'No Tears Left to Cry' hitmaker replied: "spoiler for the rest of this year / probably my life: it's no one. please refer back to this tweet for future questions."
However, Ricky wasn't the only name mentioned in 'thank u, next'. The brunette beauty also referred to other exes, including 'Saturday Night Live' star Pete Davidson and rapper Big Sean.
Meanwhile, Pete replied to being name-checked on the song while doing stand-up at Boston's Wilbur Theater on December 31. He said, "Here's the thing about the breakup song. Usually breakup songs you know who it's about but you don't really know. That G named all of us. Bam. She named all of us. And then, tells us, 'yeah, he has a big d***.'''