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Ariana Grande's Ex-Boyfriend Ricky Alvarez Responds to 'Thank U, Next'

Ariana Grande‘s ex Ricky Alvarez has something to say about his mention in her new song “thank u, next!”

The 25-year-old singer gave a shout-out to her former tour dancer with the lyrics, “Wrote some songs about Ricky/ Now I listen and laugh.”

Ricky – who knew about the line before the song was released – took to his Instagram Stories to post a video of himself listening to the song and zooming in when his name was dropped.

“HAHAHAHAHHAHAHAH IM SORRY U GOT THE WORST LINE,” Ariana replied. “It was meant v lovingly.”

“Nothing but gratitude,” Ricky shared. “Thank u, next. … (those songs are fire tho… you’re welcome).”

See the screenshots in our gallery below!

Ariana was first linked to Ricky in the summer of 2015. Their split was confirmed a year later in 2016.

If you missed it, be sure to check out the breakdown of every name-check on Ariana‘s new song.

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Ariana Grande Splits With Boyfriend Ricky Alvarez

Ariana Grande and her backup dancer boyfriend Ricky Alvarez have called it quits, according to ET.

The 23-year-old singer met Ricky when he became a dancer on her tour and they have been linked since last summer, when he was spotted with her during their infamous donut-licking incident.

Ariana has hinted at the split on social media, deleting photos of the couple together on Instagram.

“life is wild and change is f**king fantastic,” Ariana wrote on her Twitter.

She later added, “why do y’all always gotta be right about everything. I love you. ty for loving me and caring and having my best interest at heart. I love u.”

Ariana Grande & Boyfriend Ricky Alvarez Travel to Japan Together

Ariana Grande and her boyfriend Ricky Alvarez arrive at Haneda Airport on Monday (April 11) in Tokyo, Japan.

Earlier in the weekend, the 22-year-old entertainer performed on the 2016 MTV Movie Awards! Be sure to watch her jazzy performance of “Dangerous Woman,” accompanied on the piano by composer Jason Robert Brown.

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Ariana Grande

“ăŸăŸ にほゔに ă„ăăŸă™! みゔăȘに あえるぼが ăŸăĄăă‚ŒăȘい ♡ ✈ see you soon,” Ariana tweeted to her fans.

Ariana is in town to promote her third album Dangerous Woman, which will be released in the country on May 20.

FYI: Ariana is carrying a Henri Bendel backpack.

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Ariana Grande & Boyfriend Ricky Alvarez Hold Hands While Grocery Shopping

Ariana Grande wears her hair in two buns while going grocery shopping at Whole Foods on Thursday afternoon (March 17) in Studio City, Calif.

The 22-year-old singer was joined by her boyfriend Ricky Alvarez and they were seen holding hands during the outing.

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Ariana Grande

Earlier in the week, Ariana posted a photo of herself and Ricky on her Snapchat account and wrote “my heart” over the image. So cute!

FYI: Ariana is wearing a Henri Bendel backpack.

45+ pictures inside of Ariana Grande and Ricky Alvarez shopping for groceries… More Here! »

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Ariana Grande & Dancer Ricky Alvarez Spotted Kissing! (Video)

Ariana Grande kisses her backup dancer Ricky Alvarez in this new video!

The 22-year-old entertainer was spotted smooching him during a trip to Wolfee Donuts with friends on Saturday (July 4) in Lake Elsinore, Calif.

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Ariana Grande

The couple seemingly started smelling and/or licking donuts in the display before sharing a few kisses.

Back in April, Ariana broke up with her boyfriend of eight months, Big Sean.

Watch the TMZ video of Ariana and Ricky kissing below!

10+ pictures inside of Ariana Grande and Ricky Alvarez kissing in a donut shop…More Here! »

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