Mac Miller's Friend Says Ariana Grande Was "Incredible" In Supporting His Sobriety
"She was an unbelievably stabilising force in his life and she was deeply helpful and effective in keeping Mac sober."
In light of rapper Mac Miller’s shock death and the barrage of abuse his ex-girlfriend Ariana Grande has received as a result, Miller’s close friend Shane Powers has come out defending the singer during his podcast, The Shane Show.
Speaking to viewers on Monday’s episode, he revealed that the “God Is A Woman” songstress was a huge factor in helping the late rapper with continuing his sobriety.
"There could not have been anybody more supportive of him being sober than Ariana," he said. "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 to him being healthy."
He continued: "There was no one in his life more ready to go to the wall for him when it came to him being sober, and she was an unbelievably stabilising force in his life and she was deeply helpful and effective in keeping Mac sober and helping him get sober and she was all about him being healthy, period, in this area of this life."
Powers added that following the demise of her relationship with the 26-year-old, Ari maintained regular contact with him about Miller's health.
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Following news of Miller’s tragic overdose, friends close to Grande reportedly revealed that she was “distraught.”
“She completely broke down after she found out about Mac,” the source told PEOPLE. “She can’t believe he isn’t here anymore. He was such a special person to her. She is very, very sad. … This is a nightmare for her.”
Grande and Miller -- who collaborated on her 2013 track “The Way” -- dated from September 2016 until they splitting earlier this year.
Miller had never shied away from his struggles with addiction, telling Rolling Stone in 2016:
"This planet has a certain gravity, man -- it rises in the morning, it sets at night, and I never really followed that,” he said in regards to being sober. “But now I go to sleep at night and wake up in the day, and that’s been a beautiful balance in my life. Along with not feeling like shit.”
Mac was found dead on Friday in his California home from an apparent overdose, though an official cause of death is yet to be determined pending toxicology results.