Mac Miller’s friend Shane Powers spoke about the late Pittsburgh rapper’s relationship with Ariana Grande on a recent episode of The Shane Show podcast.

During the episode, he revealed the pop princess played a pivotal role in supporting Miller’s sobriety.

“They were very much in love,” Powers said. “I have to say she was incredible when he first sobering up. She was a fucking G to him. There could not have been anybody more supportive of him being sober than Ariana. I saw that. I was around it. I took phone calls from her. ‘How do I help? What do I do?’ This little girl was unbelievably involved and helpful in him being healthy.

“Whether he’s an addict or not, the way that Mac partied was not healthy. But I gotta tell you, man, there was no one in his life more ready to go the wall for him when it came to him being sober and she was an unbelievably stabilizing force in his life, and she was deeply helpful and effective in keeping Mac sober and helping him get sober. She was all about him being healthy. Period. In this area of his life.”

Grande has been relatively silent since Miller’s death last week. So far, she’s posted a photo of her late boyfriend on her Instagram account.

Miller passed away on Friday (September 7) of a suspected overdose. As the news circulated, several people blamed Grande for his death, citing their May breakup and her quick engagement to SNL actor Pete Davidson.

In May, Grande suggested Miller’s substance abuse issues played a role in their split.

“How absurd that you minimize female self-respect and self-worth by saying someone should stay in a toxic relationship because he wrote an album about them, which btw isn’t the case (just Cinderella is ab me),” she tweeted. “I am not a babysitter or a mother and no woman should feel that they need to be.

“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.” 

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