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Fans almost got an entirely different version of Ariana Grande's hit song "thank u, next."
Grande talked about everything having to do with the single in an interview with the "Zach Sang Show" on Saturday, and the singer dropped some major details about what could have been.
Turns out, there were three versions of her redemptive single, in which she thanks her exes for teaching her about love, pain and patience. Grande, 25, admitted that she had serious nerves about releasing the No. 1 hit.
"I was very nervous to share it because I knew that as soon as people heard the names they were going to be like, 'run that back one more time, what the [expletive] is she doing?' "
On one of the versions of the song, she said she didn't mention any names in the opening verse.
"It still was like, OK, I'm embracing my mistakes and what I've done... but it was just less direct," she said. "And everyone, including me, was kind of like, 'this is not the version.' But I was also trying to be protective, you know?"
The second version of the song, however, was made in a tumultuous time in her relationship with former fiance Pete Davidson.
"In my relationship at the time, things were up and down and on and off, and so I didn't know what was gonna happen," Grande said. "And then we got back together, so I had to make a different version of it, and then we broke up again, so we ended up going with that version."
Of course, the track that fans around the world got to hear is the third version, which Grande said was still a "big risk" to release.
"I just wanted to cover all the bases. It was a big risk and a very scary thing to do because it is my life," she said. "And I spent a lot of time with each of those people – like, learning and [expletive] – so it was scary to put into song."
Even the other exes she name-dropped on the song are cool with it, apparently.
"Everyone that I am still in touch with has been very supportive of it," she said.
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