Big Sean says his split from Ariana Grande was a ‘lesson’

Rapper Big Sean may have only been dating Ariana Grande for a mere nine months before they cut ties back in April, but he says he learnt a lot from their time together.

Unlike Ariana, who took to Twitter earlier this month to rant about how she hated being objectified and referred to as "Sean's ex", the rapper himself has been reflecting quite positively about their short relationship.

"There are no mistakes in life… there's only lessons," he told Entertainment Tonight reporters at the BET Awards on Sunday night.

When it comes to moving on, Sean says he's happy to take things slowly. "Man, you know, I don't plan relationships," the 27-year-old explained. "They just happen. That's all it is. I'm just…I'm just living it…You know, we just out here doing what we doin'. Feelin' it out."

Ariana and Sean were first rumoured to be dating in August of last year, just a month after the rapper's ex-fiancée, Glee's Naya Rivera, wed another man on the date she and Sean had planned for their own wedding.

Given the messy end to that relationship, it's understandable that Sean and Ariana did not confirm they were actually dating until February of this year, two months before calling it off.

Unusually for a young celebrity couple, the pair made an official statement to the media after their split, with their reps stating that the former couple "both deeply care for each other and remain close friends."

While Big Sean has no set plans for his future relationships, 22-year-old Ariana seems to be going through a pretty steep learning curve at the moment.

Following her message on Twitter about hating being thought of as anyone's "possession," the Problem singer added, "I'm saying this after literally 8 years of feeling like I constantly had to have a boy by my side… After being on my own now for a few months I am realizing that that's just not the case… I have never felt more present, grounded, and satisfied. I've never laughed harder or had more fun or enjoyed my life more."