Here Are All The Hidden Messages In Ariana Grande's 'Thank U Next' Video That You Probably Missed
Even the most eagle-eyed fan might've missed some of these Easter eggs. Did you spot them?
Unless you've been living under a rock, you've probably heard Ariana Grande's latest single (and listened to it on loop for days and days, if you're anything like us). After teasing a music video for weeks, Ari finally dropped the epic Thank U Next music video, and it didn't disappoint. A tribute to four iconic chick flicks of the early 2000s, the video is chock-full of delicious nostalgia, and we're here for it.
Anyone who's watched Mean Girls, Bring It On, 13 Going on 30, and Legally Blonde will understand the references in the video, but there are some Easter eggs in the video that even the most die-hard Arianator might miss. Here they are.
In the music video's intro (which was released previously as a teaser on Ariana's social media accounts), several personalities reenact the interviews in Mean Girls. Ariana uses this to address the gossip concerning herself, like the pregnancy rumours while she was dating Pete Davidson, her broken engagement, and the lesbian rumours when people thought she was singing "Cause her name is Aubrey" instead of "Ari".
Featured in the confessionals are Ariana's long-time friend Colleen Ballinger (a.k.a. Miranda Sings), Jonathan Bennet (who played Aaron Samuels in Mean Girls), Stephanie Drummond (also from Mean Girls), Scott Nicholson (Ariana's friend and backup dancer), and Youtuber Gabby DiMartino, whose Ariana makeup tutorial went viral.
Does it refer to a pet name one of her exes used to call her? Or is it a name for an upcoming single or album? We'll just have to wait and find out.
Ariana's "Burn Book" isn't so much a burn book as it is a scrapbook of memories of her exes, filled with kind words.
She calls Ricky a "great dancer", writing "good times man" and "friends forever". Kinda generic, but we love that photo she used.
Her dedication to Big Sean is a lot juicier. Under the innocent "so cute" and "so sweet", she wrote "could still get it". Is this a serious message for her former flame?
As for comedian Pete Davidson, she wrote that she'd "always" love her former fiancé, but what really got our attention are the big letters spelling "HUUUUGE" — which we're 99.99% sure is about what we all think it is.
On Pete's page, she also writes "sorry I dipped," confirming that she left him.
Throughout the video, Ariana is surrounded by old friends. Cady Heron is played by Liz Gillies, who costarred with Ariana on Victorious and the Broadway musical 13. Playing Karen Smith is Alexa Luria, one of Ariana's childhood friends. And playing Gretchen Wieners is Courtney Chipolone, another one of Ariana's BFFs, and one she has referred to as her cousin in several social media posts (whether or not this is actually true isn't clear).
Daniela Monet from Victorious also makes an appearance as one of the TUN (Thank U, Next) cheerleaders.
As for the Clovers, they're all played by professional dancers who have all backed Ari on tour. Most notable are Tayla Parx (on Ari's left), who co-wrote "Thank U, Next", and Victoria Monet McCants (on Ari's right), who also co-wrote the song. You might recognise them from Ariana's "Thank U, Next" performance on Ellen.
To reenact that iconic toothbrushing flirtation scene, Ariana roped in Matt Bennet, another one of her friends from her Victorious days.
And though he didn't really appear in the video, Ariana also makes a shoutout to her brother Frankie through a poster of him figure skating hanging in her room.
It's a blink-and-you'll-miss-it-moment. In that first scene referencing 13 Going on 30, Ariana is seen looking longingly at a wedding party — and the bride looks like herself. This is likely a reference to her broken engagement with Pete Davidson.
Can we take a moment to appreciate the dollhouse?
Each miniature room references one of the video segments. Genius.
In the Legally Blonde segment of the video, Ariana comes driving onto campus in the same Porsche Elle Woods drove in. But take note of her vanity plate: it reads "7 rings", which refers to the friendship rings she gave six of her best friends.
In that nail salon scene, the UPS guy comes to deliver a package to Jennifer Coolidge, who reprises her role as Paulette. Take note of the logo on his shirt. Instead of reading UPS, it reads BDE, or Big Dick Energy — another Pete Davidson reference.
Ariana has been pretty vocal about political issues, and she's not afraid to get political in this music video. Playing Elle Woods, she is seen studying a book entitled Immigration and Refugee Law and Policy. Next to her is another book titled Search and Seizure. We stan a woke queen.