Last week, we reported on rumors that Ariana Grande is pregnant with her first child.
The singer has been dating Mac Miller for about 18 months and both parties are said to be overjoyed by the news of Ariana's pregnancy.
But thus far, Ari and Mac are keeping mum for reasons that aren't entirely clear.
Grande has been absent from social media for the entirety of 2018, which has led many fans to the conclusion that she's "pulling a Kylie" and stepping away from the spotlight in order to keep her pregnancy out of the headlines.
At first, that seemed like quite a leap, but in the past week, multiple sources have emerged with what they claim is insider knowledge of Ariana's pregnancy. One such tipster spoke to The Hollywood Gossip exclusively, saying:
"She is 2 months pregnant and is very excited.
"She is waiting until at LEAST the 20-week mark to announce it. She was very inspired by Kylie after Facetiming her in October."
But others who claim to know Ariana best say there's no truth to the pregnancy rumors, and Grande has simply decided to take an extended break from social media for the sake of her mental health.
“Ariana’s break from social media has not been because she is hiding a pregnancy with her boyfriend the way Kylie did,” one such source tells Hollywood Life.
“She just wants a healthy break from social media. When her new album and tour is ready to be announced, she will return with regular updates on her Twitter and Instagram.”
The insider explicitly stated that Ariana “is not secretly having Mac Miller’s baby,” adding, “That’s not what’s going on.”
“Ariana loves Mac and things are great between them,” the source says. “They are still young and are focusing on work right now.” So why all the time away from Instagram?
According to the insider, the decision has to do with trauma that Ariana suffered as a result of the bombing at her concert in Manchester last year.
“The incident has been difficult for her to overcome,” says the source. The insider claims that Ariana has been planning to take some time away from social media ever since the bombing, but felt it was her duty to provide support to grieving and frightened fans.
Now that it's been nearly a year since the tragedy that claimed 22 lives, she reportedly feels the time is right for her to step away from center stage.
Needless to say, there are some wildly conflicting reports out there with regard to why Ari has chosen to lay low for a while.
But whether she's pregnant or taking some much-needed time for herself for other reasons, we're sure the singer will continue to have the full support of her loyal legion of fans.