Ariana Grande s Horseshoe has been a pop culture power, with its own agency and power, as long as Ariana Grande, the pop singer, has. Grande has very, very rarely deviated from the hairstyle during her career, which was why she was seen as such a shock when she turned to the cover to British Vogue earlier this year sans horse sweat.
But a fatal Instagram can indicate that we have reached a turning point in Grande Evolution. The singer posted a picture without image on Thursday where she is seen with shorter hair, worn down (filtered to look like a rabbit, natch). While we have not seen her again and again after the post, it seems possible to-tell us now-horse sweat has raised it. As USA today and other points of sale pointed out, it's hard to know if she just removed her hair extensions, or if she actually shaves her hair shorter. (A little confusing, she has then posted an Instagram photo where the horse tail is centered and completely on screen, although it seems that it may be a shot from a previous shot.)
Of course, the media has locked the story that the hair cut is related to her latest breakup with Saturday Night Live's Pete Davidson. Elle, Us Weekly, and others call it a "breakaway" – as, technically, it's a haircut (or seems to be the least) and it occurred about a month after an eruption. BuzzFeed notes that her fans are "freaking out" about the shift, with some of them wondering if the new look can be a sign that she will experiment with a new aesthetic for her upcoming album, rumored to have the title thank you next (The single, with the same title, just hit No. 1 on Billboard Hot 100, Grande the first time to achieve that achievement.)
If something draws attention to the hair clipping today, it means that Grande has reached the top of the tabloid pop-interest vortex, where there is basically nothing she can do that does not get full blown, "let's break this all the time."