A picture really is worth a thousand words.
Ariana Grande has broken her silence following the death of her ex-boyfriend, Mac Miller. One day after his passing, she shared a poignant photo of the late rapper on her Instagram page — a black and white snapshot presumably taken while they were still together. There was nary a caption in sight, because sometimes, there's no need for an elaborate essay to show how much you care.
Almost immediately after reports of Miller's sudden and tragic death, Grande faced severe harassment on social media. Fans blamed the singer for Miller's death, and before long, she disabled her comments section.
Twitter has also been unforgiving. The "God Is a Woman" singer has been on the receiving end of an avalanche of offensive tweets. Some people have even claimed that she "killed" Mac.
For some people, it's easier to blame the unfortunate incident on Grande rather than face the fact that Miller's death was the product of a broader, systemic issue. He was the victim of a widespread opioid crisis.
Grande and Miller dated for two years before separating in May, but their split was amicable, as evidenced by her Instagram story.
"This is one of my best friends in the whole world and favorite people on the planet Malcolm McCormick," she wrote at the time. "I respect and adore him endlessly and am grateful to have him in my life in any form, at all times regardless of how our relationship changes or what the universe holds for each of us! Unconditional love is not selfish. It is wanting the best for that person even if at the moment, it's not you. I can't wait to know and support you forever and I'm so proud of you!!"
This is not the first time Grande has been held responsible for Miller's actions. When he was involved in a DUI after their breakup, fans were quick to place the blame on Grande. She was forced to defend herself and clarify she'd always been supportive of his recovery.
"I am not a babysitter or a mother and no woman should feel that they need to be," she said. "I have cared for him and tried to support his sobriety & prayed for his balance for years (and always will of course) but shaming / blaming women for a man's inability to keep his shit together is a very major problem."
It's high time we stop blaming women for the actions of men. Drugs are what killed Mac Miller, not Ariana Grande.
Instead of spewing hate, we should honor Miller by educating ourselves on substance abuse and supporting sufferers.
RIP Mac Miller.