After a few listens, fans have taken to Twitter to point out that the last track of the album, “Get Well Soon,” has 40 seconds of silence at the end to bring the total run time to 5:22.
Grande has confirmed that song is about her struggles with anxiety after the Manchester bombing, which took place on May 22, or 5/22, 2017. The song’s length and period of silence is thought to be an acknowledgment of the attack.
Billboard has reached out to Ariana’s rep to confirm.
Check out some of the fan tweets and listen to “Get Well Soon” below.
Remember when Ariana Grande said she’d never forget the victims of the Manchester concert attack?
The attack happened on May 22 (that’s 5:22).
— Muhammad Lila (@MuhammadLila) August 17, 2018
The fact that ariana added 40 seconds in “Get Well Soon” as a moment of silence until it was 5 minutes 22 seconds long, due to the date of the attack was on 5/22. I don’t think she could do anything any better to show her respect for the angels ? ? @ArianaGrande #Sweetener
— Chloe? (@ChloeJABell) August 17, 2018
the fact ariana honoured the Manchester victims in get well soon allowing a moment of silence until it was 5 minutes 22 seconds long, I just don’t have the words right now. she has my entire heart. @ArianaGrande you’re an angel ? #Sweetener
— chelsea (@Chelseaxphelps) August 17, 2018
I was confused at first, but I learned that the last 40 sec of silence on “Get Well Soon” are to honor the victims of the Manchester bombing… —
we’re not supposed to have any tears left to cry but… here I am#Sweetener pic.twitter.com/mowI7WZb7A
— Kaleena– (@KaleenaThanYou) August 17, 2018
— Payton Hoover (@P_Hoov) August 17, 2018
— Javi García (@Jaavigaaarcia) August 17, 2018
the length of get well soon being 5:22 must have been ariana’s own little tribute to our 22 angels. they may not be here to experience it in person but they were remembered and honoured on possibly the most special song on ariana’s most personal album. my heart –?–
— mia (@onelovesbutera) August 17, 2018