Deciphering Ariana Grande’s ‘Eternal Sunshine’: From Heartache to New Love

Published March 8, 2024

When Ariana Grande unveiled her latest album, Eternal Sunshine, on March 8, 2024, it sent fans scrambling to unravel the messages behind the melodies. The collection of songs seemed to weave a narrative about moving on from betrayal to the comfort of a new relationship, leading to fervent fan theories that link the album's emotive lyrics to Ariana's past relationship with ex-husband, Dalton Gomez, and alluding to her current flame, Ethan Slater.

The Backdrop of Betrayal

Tracks such as the poignant 'Eternal Sunshine' suggest experiences with an unfaithful partner. Fans have speculated that lyrics referring to lies and deceit are in fact about her ex, Dalton, as she belts out lines about dishonesty and the pain of seeing someone else take her place.

Star-Crossed Lovers in Music Videos

The music video for 'We Can't Be Friends' stars Ariana and Evan Peters, and calls to mind the film Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind by exploring the desire to erase painful memories. In the song, Ariana's lyrics express a longing to hold onto a relationship even while acknowledging its end.

Saying Goodbye and Moving Forward

Ariana's song 'Bye' seemingly captures the moment of letting go of a troubled relationship, reflected in her grappling with past fears and recognition of mutual efforts that ultimately proved futile.

Letting Go Without Bitterness

'Wish I Hated You' is a track that carries a tone of parting without animosity, a farewell wishing no harm to the one who left.

New Beginnings with Ethan Slater?

Fan scrutiny has particularly intensified around 'Imperfect for You', as the timing and lyrics coincide with Ariana's budding relationship with Ethan Slater amidst the end of her previous marriage. The song mentions the upheaval and passion of a new love, leaving listeners to ponder if it's a direct reference to her own life.

Reflection and Uncertainty

The album opens with 'Intro (End of the World)' where Ariana reveals her vulnerability and confusion about a relationship, which at the same time excites and inspires her–possibly hinting at the origins of her romance with Ethan.

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