The Saturday Night Live comedian recently shared a photo of his fiancée wearing a necklace with the pendant. As you can see below, the ornament is engraved with “8418,” the badge number Davidson’s father, Scott, wore when he was killed in the Sept. 11 terrorist attack. Grande and Davidson have the badge number tattooed on their foot and forearm, respectively.
Though many fans thought Davidson’s gift was heartfelt, one particular Instagram user wasn’t too thrilled about the gesture: “No girl should ever wear your dad's chain. So disrespectful,” the person wrote in a comment.
Davidson replied to the criticism by defending Grande:
“For ur information that’s not just some girl, that’s my fiancé,” Davidson he wrote. “She’s the greatest person I know. I gave it to her because she has my heart and that is the most precious thing I own. My dad would be so happy and love her so much.”
Grande is now gearing up to release her fourth studio album, Sweetner, next month. Pharrell, the album's co-producer, spoke about the effort in a recent story by The Fader, explaining it was heavily influenced by the 2017 terrorist attack on Grande's Manchester concert.
“In all honesty, I feel like [after Manchester] was when different people from the record company actually started to understand what we were trying to do,” he said. “It’s unfortunate that that situation is what gave it context, but they were able to really see [what we were going for] then.”
Sweetner is expected to drop Aug. 17.