Even HuffPost mentioned Miller’s breakup with Grande in its news alert to readers.
While the former couple, who had been together for roughly two years, broke up in May in what became a very public uncoupling, the only place for Grande in this narrative is in describing Miller’s past relationships. Her name does not belong in the headline or first sentence of any news report about his death.
Miller was an accomplished artist in his own right, independent of Grande’s place in his life. The singer and record producer had just released his fifth studio album, “Swimming,” last month and was about to leave on tour in October.
To feature Grande so prominently in reports of Miller’s death is to imply she was somehow involved in the events surrounding or leading up to it ― even though there’s absolutely no evidence of that. It’s a reductive way to treat both of them.
For Miller, it trivializes his career. For Grande, it suggests she’s a villain because she left Miller and began a relationship with someone else. This is a particularly dangerous thing to do, as it sets a poor example for women who are afraid to remove themselves from toxic relationships because they’re made to feel responsible for a man’s self-destructive behavior.
Others have noted this as well.
Every outlet and person who is dragging that young lady, who buried 22 fans that were murdered at her concert a freaking year ago, into this tragedy AS IT BREAKS should be ashamed of themselves.
— Jamilah Lemieux (@JamilahLemieux) September 7, 2018
sad. but that is unacceptable to put that burden on Ariana. I obviously have no details about their personal relationship, but to say his overdose was due to depression because of their split is way out of line. & If things were that bad then reach out & seek help 😓 #macmiller
— Ava Allan (@AvaAvaAllan) September 7, 2018
Sad it even has to be said, but no:
Mac Miller’s tragic death has nothing to do with Ariana Grande.
Men need to begin addressing their emotions is a substantive and healthy way and quit trying to blame women. pic.twitter.com/LrbpTrNC6g
— jordan (@JordanUhl) September 7, 2018
mac and ariana were on good terms. she is definitely not to blame for this. nobody is. he was a HUGE part of her life and she will be hurting just like his friends and family. my thoughts and prayers are with them all.
— jord (@momentbutera) September 7, 2018
PSA: do NOT be blaming ariana for macs death, this isn’t her fault. just let him rest in peace dude.
— sb🖤 (@shayarayne) September 7, 2018
people are actually making this about ariana now. a person just passed away and the first thing people think to do is go and blame ariana to gain attention. how fucking disrespectful.
— 𝖒𝖆𝖗𝖎𝖆 (@goodnightngc) September 7, 2018
Y’all will NOT use Mac Miller’s death to be misogynistic and blame it on Ariana. Y’all will NOT use his death to joke about addiction. Y’all will NOT use Mac Miller’s death to be absolute trash. RIP Mac Miller.
— ✨ọba™✨🇳🇬 (@sapphicking) September 7, 2018
mac miller was his own person. referring to him as “ariana grande’s ex” in headlines is disrespectful towards him and his craft, making it seem like he was nothing more than her ex boyfriend, AND unfair on her, dragging her name into it suggesting she is in some way to blame.
— ♡ (@onelovesbutera) September 7, 2018
& ya’ll stop blaming Ariana Grande, sh*t is lame! She has nothing to do w/ Mac Miller’s choices. I know it’s sad but ya’ll can’t just find anyone to blame.
— Khalil Underwood (@RealKhalilU) September 7, 2018
why are people trying to find someone to blame in a situation that was out of everyone’s hands?? addiction/mental health isn’t a choice and mac struggled for so long. ariana always supported him until it was toxic. send your love and condolences or shut the fuck up.
— miss kissy! (@cigarettehands) September 7, 2018
So, do the world a favor: Mourn Mac Miller without bringing Ariana Grande into it.