Ariana Grande posts and deletes Instagram tribute to Mac Miller

Looking back. Ariana Grande paid tribute to her ex-boyfriend Mac Miller on Instagram, but quickly removed the picture.

The “Imagine” singer, 25, posted and deleted a photo of the late rapper on her Instagram Story on Monday, December 31. The snapshot didn’t show Miller’s face and instead focused on his tattoo-covered hands playing a piano.

Earlier in the day, Grande said goodbye to a rough 2018 on social media. She wrote on Instagram, “2018, you f—k. i hope this new year brings you all much laughter, clarity and healing. be gentle with yourselves and each other. if we made it thru this last year, we’ll for sure make it thru this one. thank you for everything.”

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PARIS, FRANCE - SEPTEMBER 08: Mac Miller performs at La Cigale on September 8, 2011 in Paris, France. (Photo by David Wolff - Patrick/Redferns)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - SEPTEMBER 01: Mac Miller performs on stage at Shepherds Bush Empire on September 1, 2011 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by C Brandon/Redferns)
AUSTIN, TX - MARCH 17: Mac Miller poses for a portrait backstage at the Fader Fort by Fiat during the SXSW 2011 on March 17, 2011 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Roger Kisby/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, TN - JUNE 10: Rapper, producer, actor and songwriter Mac Miller performs during the 2012 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival on June 10, 2012 in Manchester, Tennessee. (Photo by Douglas Mason/Getty Images)
WANTAGH, NY - AUGUST 02: Mac Miller performs at Nikon at Jones Beach Theater on August 2, 2012 in Wantagh, New York. (Photo by Janette Pellegrini/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 30: Mac Miller visits at SiriusXM Studios on April 30, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images)
LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 853 -- Pictured: Musical guest Ariana Grande featuring Mac Miller performs on June 14, 2013 -- (Photo by: Lloyd Bishop/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - OCTOBER 03: Mac Miller performs on stage at The Forum on October 3, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by C Brandon/Redferns via Getty Images)
SAN JOSE, CA - DECEMBER 15: Mac Miller performs as part of Wild 94.9's Wild Jam at HP Pavilion on December 15, 2013 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI - OCTOBER 14: Mac Miller performs in support of the GO:OD AM Tour at The Fillmore Detroit on October 14, 2015 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Scott Legato/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - MAY 08: American rapper Mac Miller performs live during a concert at the Astra on May 8, 2016 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Frank Hoensch/Redferns via Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - JULY 29: Mac Miller performs during Lollapalooza 2016 at Grant Park on July 29, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Daniel Boczarski/Redferns)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 28: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Rapper Mac Miller and singer Ariana Grande pose backstage during the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards at Madison Square Garden on August 28, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
QUEENS, NY - OCTOBER 02: Rapper Mac Miller performs onstage during The Meadows Music & Arts Festival Day 2 on October 2, 2016 in Queens, New York. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/Getty Images for The Meadows)
VANCOUVER, BC - NOVEMBER 06: Rapper Mac Miller performs onstage at Vogue Theatre on November 6, 2016 in Vancouver, Canada. (Photo by Andrew Chin/Getty Images)
INDIO, CA - APRIL 14: Musician Mac Miller performs on the Sahara Stage during day 1 of the Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival (Weekend 1) at the Empire Polo Club on April 14, 2017 in Indio, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Coachella)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JUNE 04: NO SALES, free for editorial use. In this handout provided by 'One Love Manchester' benefit concert (L) Mac Miller and Ariana Grande perform on stage on June 4, 2017 in Manchester, England. Donate at www.redcross.org.uk/love (Photo by Getty Images/Dave Hogan for One Love Manchester)
MARTINDALE, TX - JULY 22: Rapper Mac Miller performs onstage during Float Fest at Cool River Ranch on July 22, 2017 in Martindale, Texas. (Photo by Rick Kern/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 25: Mac Miller attends Mac Miller Album Listening at The Electric Room on July 25, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Shareif Ziyadat/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - MARCH 24: The DJ Mac Miller performs live on stage during the second day of Lollapalooza Brazil Festival at Interlagos Racetrack on March 24, 2018 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Mauricio Santana/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 04: Rapper Mac Miller and singer Ariana Grande are seen attending an Oscar party on March 4, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by GC Images)
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The “Self Care” musician accidentally overdosed at his home in the Los Angeles area on September 7. He was 26 years old. A few days after his death, the former Nickelodeon star shared a video of her ex and apologized for not being able to help him overcome his demons.

“I adored you from the day i met you when i was nineteen and i always will,” she wrote on Instagram at the time. “i can’t believe you aren’t here anymore. i really can’t wrap my head around it. we talked about this. so many times. i’m so mad, i’m so sad i don’t know what to do. you were my dearest friend. for so long. above anything else. i’m so sorry i couldn’t fix or take your pain away. i really wanted to. the kindest, sweetest soul with demons he never deserved. i hope you’re okay now. rest.”

Grande and Miller split in May after nearly two years of dating. Hours after the breakup news made headlines, the “Thank U, Next” songstress called the rapper one of her “best friends in the whole world.”

“I respect and adore him endlessly and am grateful to have him in my life in any form, at all times regardless of how our relationship changes or what the universe holds for each of us!” she said on her Instagram Story at the time. “Unconditional love is not selfish. It is wanting the best for that person even if at the moment, it’s not you.”

Grande was later engaged to Saturday Night Live star Pete Davidson from June to October.

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MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JUNE 04: Mac Miller and Ariana Grande on stage during the One Love Manchester Benefit Concert at Old Trafford on June 4, 2017 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/One Love Manchester/Getty Images for One Love Manchester)
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LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 04: Rapper Mac Miller and singer Ariana Grande are seen attending an Oscar party on March 4, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by GC Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JUNE 04: Mac Miller (L) and Ariana Grande perform on stage during the One Love Manchester Benefit Concert at Old Trafford Cricket Ground on June 4, 2017 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/One Love Manchester/Getty Images for One Love Manchester)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 28: Rapper Mac Miller (L) and singer Ariana Grande attend the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards Republic Records After Party on August 28, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 20: Rapper Mac Miller (L) and singer Ariana Grande enter the Sirius XM Studios on September 20, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Ray Tamarra/GC Images)
LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 853 -- Pictured: Musical guest Ariana Grande featuring Mac Miller performs on June 14, 2013 -- (Photo by: Lloyd Bishop/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
DICK CLARK'S NEW YEAR'S ROCKIN' EVE WITH RYAN SEACREST 2014, PARTS 1 & 2 - Ryan Seacrest counts down to midnight live from Times Square, and then the party continues with some of the year's hottest acts from Los Angeles and New York, on TUESDAY, DECEMBER 31 (Part 1, 11:30 p.m. - 1:09 a.m., ET) (Part 2, January 1, 1:09 - 2:13 a.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Kelsey McNeal/ABC via Getty Images) MAC MILLER, ARIANA GRANDE
QUEENS, NY - OCTOBER 02: Rapper Mac Miller (L) and Singer Ariana Grande attend The Meadows Music & Arts Festival Day 2 on October 2, 2016 in Queens, New York. (Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images for The Meadows)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 04: Rapper Mac Miller and singer Ariana Grande are seen attending an Oscar party on March 4, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by GC Images)
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