Rapper Mac Miller’s death from an apparent drug overdose at the young age of 26 took the internet and his fans by surprise on Friday.
Shortly after the news of his death circulated, some of Mac Miller’s fans took to Twitter and Instagram, horrifically blaming Ariana Grande for her ex’s death.
In 2013, which was years before the couple began dating, Miller told Noisey, “Drugs are not like a new thing. Especially with me, I’ve been doing drugs since I was fifteen.”
And he had been open about his struggles with addiction since.
In an interview with Craig Jenkins from Vulture Magazine, Mac Miller also addressed his mental health and substance abuse issues: “I really don’t want just happiness, and I don’t just want sadness either. I don’t want to be depressed.”
Miller’s death is a tragedy. But, for some reason, it’s so much easier for people to blame a singular, still-living person than it is for them to blame the real evil: addiction.
Let’s get one thing straight: Ariana Grande is not to blame for Mac Miller’s death. Drugs and addiction killed Mac Miller, not Ariana Grande. People die of depression, and they die from addiction, but they do not die because their partners leave them, and believing that they do will only continue to keep people from leaving dangerous and destructive relationships.
Too many people stay in unhealthy relationships due to the belief or fear that letting go of a friend or partner, who, for whatever reason, they feel they can no longer support, will directly lead to the situation spiraling out of control. The horrible treatment that Ariana is receiving may certainly scare others in a similar situation into staying in a toxic relationship when, in reality, they know they should get out of it as quickly as possible.
Ariana is ultimately not responsible for Mac Miller’s choices. She is under no obligation to stick it out through a relationship she was no longer comfortable being in to help him become sober. The idea that there was something Ariana could have done or should have done to prevent Mac Miller from doing drugs – or to prevent his death – is ridiculous.
It’s time to stop playing the blame game and instead, shift focus on getting addicts the support they need.
Rather than making obnoxious claims about Ariana’s role in this tragedy, use it to start a conversation about the risks and the consequences of substance abuse.
Along with Mac Miller’s friends and family, Ariana Grande needs love right now too. Mac Miller was an important part of her life for years and losing someone you were close to is devastating whether or not they are together at the moment.
The world lost a young, talented person due to the heartbreaking tragedy of substance abuse and addiction. Let’s make it about that, please, instead of who is to blame.
If you or someone you know if struggling with drug addiction or mental health issues and is seeking help, a directory of helplines can be found at alcohol.addictionblog.org, or a few options can be found below.
- 1-800-999-9999 National Directory of Drug Hotlines, Narcotics Hotlines, and Crisis Intervention Centers
- 1-800-662-HELP Drug and Alcohol Hotline for Rehab/Treatment Referral Service
- 1-800-273-TALK National Suicide Prevention Lifeline