Tate McRae Covers Ariana Grande’s ‘We Can’t Be Friends’ at London Concert: Watch

Tate McRae slowed things down at her recent concert in London for a stripped-back cover of Ariana Grande‘s “We Can’t Be Friends (Wait for Your Love).”

In a clip from the Canadian singer/songwriter’s pair of sold-out shows at the Apollo Theatre on April 22-23, McRae wears a green tracksuit while sitting on a stool, accompanied by a simple electric guitar. “Know that you made me/ I don’t like how you paint me, yet I’m still here hanging,” she sings, her delicate voice bringing out a different side of Grande’s belted track. “Not what you made me/ It’s something like a daydream.”


Released as the second single from Grande’s latest album Eternal Sunshine, “We Can’t Be Friends” debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. The pop star released a music video for the song in March co-starring American Horror Story‘s Evan Peters, aptly inspired by the plot of the 2004 film Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.

At her London shows this week, the “Greedy” singer also performed songs from her 2023 LP Think Later, which peaked at No. 4 on the Billboard 200. In the crowd of thousands during her tenure at the Apollo, McRae’s bestie and fellow pop star Olivia Rodrigo attended, along with the “Vampire” musician’s rumored boyfriend, actor Louis Partridge.

“2 sold out nights in london i luuurrreevveeeeee u guys,” McRae wrote on Instagram afterward, sharing photos from the performances. “with ALL MY HEART THANK U.”

The 20-year-old rising pop star will next take her Think Later Tour to Manchester, followed by Wolverhampton in the U.K. The European leg of her trek will continue through the first week of May, with stops in Germany, Sweden, Norway and more.

Earlier this month, schedules aligned so the “Exes” artist could attend one of The Kid Laroi’s concerts in Dublin. At one point, the “Stay” singer told the crowd as McRae blushed backstage, “I need everybody in here to sing this as loud as they can because my girlfriend’s here tonight, and I don’t want to look lame.”

Watch McRae cover “We Can’t Be Friends” below.

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