Ariana Grande’s new single, Thank U, Next, from her fifth studio album, brought about a lot of strangled relationship of hers from the past. From the details of her exes, including Big Sean, Ricky Alvarez, Mac Miller and Pete Davidson, there’s a lot more the track has revealed. Along with the four men, Ariana has an astonishing reference to her estranged father, Edward Butera, in the song. At the end of the song, she croons, 

One day I’ll walk down the aisle/Holding hands with my mama/I’ll be thanking my dad/’Cause she grew from the drama. 

Ariana Gande’s Dad

Ariana’s parents, Edward Butera and Joan Grande were married from 1992 to 2003. Prior to Edward, Joan was in a relationship with physician Victor Marchione, with whom she shares a son, Frankie Grande. Joan moved from New York to Florida with Edward, when she was pregnant with Ariana. However, they parted ways when Ariana was 8. Since then, Edward’s relationship with Ariana has been alienated.

The 25 years old singer publicly talked about her relationship with her father in an interview with Seventeen in 2014.  She shared,

Falling out of touch with my dad. It’s private, but it happened last year. It took me so long to be okay with it. The thing that got me there was embracing the fact that that I am made up of half my dad, and a lot of my traits come from him. So much of me comes from my father, and for so long, I didn’t like that about myself. I had to accept that it’s okay not to get along with somebody and still love them.

Edward is a 1981 graduate of New York Institute of Technology. The Florida-based graphic designer is the founder and creative head of IBI Designs Inc, which was established in 1990. Prior to that, he worked on architectural presentation and design at VP Art Direction from 1981 to 1989. She doesn’t share much about her father but wishes him on Father’s Day every year via social media.