Unsurprisingly, Grande's fans went into meltdown and quickly demanded answers from the US songstress.
"We're friends, everybody take a big ol' breather", Grande eventually responded to an Instagram fan account.
Ariana and Ricky dated in 2015 for less than a year.
Ariana may be laying off the dating scene after a tumultuous 2018.
In May of last year, Grande ended her relationship with the rapper Mac Miller after two years together.
Shortly after the pair split, Grande and Saturday Night Live star Pete Davidson began dating. They were engaged less than two months later.
A few months later, Miller was found dead at age 26 in September after an accidental overdose. As Grande mourned the death of her ex, her romance with Davidson also ended, with the pair calling off their engagement in October.
“I want to say that I find it interesting that this has been one of the best years of my career and the worst of my life,” she said while accepting Billboard's Woman Of The Year award.
“I’m not saying that for sympathy, I’m just saying that because I think a lot of people would look at someone in my position right now…and think, 'She’s really got her sh*t together,' Ya know? Like, 'She’s really on it.' Like, ‘She’s got it all'."