If you’re going into 2019 as a single person, don’t worry—you’re in great company. This week, Queer Eye star Jonathan Van Ness announced that he and boyfriend Wilco Froneman have called it quits after more than three months of dating, but he’s remaining pretty positive about the whole thing…and we have a feeling that Ariana Grande would be proud.
On Sunday, December 30th, Van Ness took to Instagram to share a shirtless selfie and the breakup news using lyrics to Grande’s hit single “Thank U, Next.”
“She taught me love, she taught me patience, how she handles pain, that shits amazing. I’ve loved and I’ve lost but that’s not what I see because look what I found ain’t no need for searching, rounding out my 2018 with a very gorg THANK U NEXT,” Van Ness wrote, adding in a rainbow flag emoji and the hashtag “#selflove.”
Knowing how beloved Van Ness is, it’s no surprise that some of his fans wanted to come to his defense following the breakup, which may explain why he turned off comments on the post and added a disclaimer about Froneman: “Please don’t go in on Wilco, he doesn’t need the anger & I don’t want to see him suffer so just know I’m all good & sometimes people break up — Love you all so much,” he wrote.
Van Ness went further into detail on his Instagram story, admitting that he may have been too hasty sharing so much sass so fast on the subject.
“I should’ve sat with myself a bit longer before I posted my most recent post,” he admitted. “Wilco is a good person & sometimes things don’t work out. Please don’t attack him on his page. Just let us move on, heal, and enjoy your gorgeous New Year’s celebration! Your girl Jonathan is just fine.”
Froneman shared a thoughtful message too, writing, “Not only did Jonathan van Ness give me the best moments of 2018, but undoubtedly the best moments of my life. I will always love him and cherish every moment we shared. I encourage everyone to continue to send him love, no one deserves anything less.”
Whatever happened between the two, it’s good to see that Van Ness and Froneman are taking such a positive approach toward this breakup. It sounds like they still respect each other, which is awesome, and that Van Ness recognizes that his new singledom is truly the best thing for him. It’s also pretty great to hear that Grande’s single has impacted him just as much as it’s impacted the rest of us, because is anyone tired of that song yet?
And really, if you think about it, we are all about to say a huge “thank u, next” to 2018. Might as well take a page out of Van Ness’s book and start off the New Year with nothing but positivity—single or not.