The author of a new Mac Miller book has offered his take on the late rapper’s relationship with pop singer Ariana Grande.
Paul Cantor’s book, Most dope: The Extraordinary Life of Mac Millerwas released today (January 18), a day before Miller turns 30.
Cantor, an early fan of Miller’s music, spoke to a number of his friends about the project, while drawing inspiration from his own encounters with Miller before the 26-year-old artist died. an accidental overdose in 2018.
The book reportedly avoided any salacious details regarding Miller’s relationship with Grande, but states that she was “a rock” to Miller through her struggles with drug addiction.
Miller went into rehab for about three weeks in 2016, with Grande making multiple visits to see him during his treatment.
Grande apparently became increasingly concerned for Miller’s safety during their relationship, often calling his friends to find out where he was when he disappeared.
The book also details how Miller supported Grande after the Manchester Arena bombing at her 2017 concert, performing their duet “The Way” with her at a benefit concert.
The couple broke up in early 2018, sparking a media frenzy, especially after Grande started dating Saturday Night Live star Pete Davidson. Grande was later accused by fans of pushing Miller over the edge, prompting her to say their relationship had become “toxic” despite her attempts to support him.
Cantor suggested that the media and the public projected how they assumed Miller felt about Grande and Davidson, without knowing the facts.
“I think the moment they were together there was definitely something real,” he told the Daily beast. “You can see by the actions explored in the book that it was real. That’s why I don’t think, to his credit, that he ever said anything about it at all, other than that it was real. was a relationship that was good while it lasted. He wanted to give her the dignity he deserved.
He continued: “There was a story that was being put out about his relationship that maybe wasn’t 100% accurate. He was becoming a bit of a tabloid version of himself, and that wasn’t what he was talking about. it was. He’s a very deep human, and he put a lot of his life into his work. What’s that line, ‘It’s easy to write, just open a vein and to bleed?’ I mean, he was bleeding, it’s all over his music.
Grande paid a lengthy and moving tribute to Miller after his death in 2018, calling him her “dearest friend.”
The most doped caused controversy due to the refusal of Miller’s family, who refused to be interviewed about it and went so far as to ask their fans to avoid it.
“This book is not authorized or endorsed by Malcolm’s family and was written by a writer with whom Malcolm had no relationship,” said a statement released last year.
“Furthermore, the writer had no meaningful access to those who were closest to Malcolm – friends, family, collaborators, etc. In fact, the author of this book was informed early on in the process of writing this book that Malcolm’s family and friends were not comfortable with him authoring this biography, but he chose to pursue our polite insistence not to harm the Malcolm’s legacy by writing a book without legitimate primary sources.
Cantor said he actually received “a lot of support” for the book, “contrary to what was published”.
“I had a lot of support from people around [Miller],” he said. “Their support, in fact, is one of the reasons I even sued him. If they hadn’t been supportive from day one, I probably wouldn’t have done it. But they were, and that motivated me.
Miller’s posthumous album, Circles, was released in 2020 to critical acclaim.
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