Shelton, 45, had sent Grande, 28, an OK Magazine article headlined, “Producers at ‘The Voice’ may replace Blake Shelton after Ariana Grande brings fresh energy.”
“Thanks a lot, Ari… Thanks a f–king lot…” Shelton wrote in his text message exchange with Grande.
Grande reacted to Shelton’s message with a heart.
The “Thank U, Next” singer joined the coach cast of “The Voice” for season 21, replacing Nick Jonas.
Shelton reacted to the news by saying he was looking forward to a challenge after beating Jonas as a voice coach.
“The easiest defeat of my career was Nick Jonas,” Shelton said at the time, according to People magazine. “So I’m looking for a challenge. I think Ariana could be a challenge. I’m looking forward to beating her though.”
The country music star has had seven wins as a coach of the show.
Grande said she was “honored” to join the cast of “The Voice.”
“Surprise !!! i am beyond thrilled, honored, excited to be joining @kellyclarkson @johnlegend @blakeshelton next season ~ season 21 of @nbcthevoice ! [White heart emoji] @nickjonas we will miss you,” the pop star tweeted at the time.