Ariana Grande On Music, Manchester, & Politics: ‘I’m Going To Be… An Ally And Use My Privilege To Help Educate People’

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Ariana Grande, after taking the entertainment world by storm over the past month with her surprise engagement to Pete Davidson, is the subject of Elle‘s August cover story, focusing on her intense, passionate fans, her femininity, and her feminism.

And as you might expect — as these feature-length pieces often do — Grande shares her views on a LOT of different topics, from love, to her fandom, to the Earth’s place in the solar system and our current political climate…

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Without further ado… some highlights!

For one, Ariana is down for political conversation far away from and beyond the liberal/conservative dichotomy, telling people (below):

“Everyone has to have uncomfortable conversations with their relatives. Instead of unfriending people on Facebook who share different political views, comment! Have a conversation! Try to spread the fucking light.”


As you might imagine, Ariana still doesn’t really talk about her experience in Manchester, U.K. a year ago when a terror attack at one of her concerts killed 22 people and injured 500 more.

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But the singer will talk around it, and notes that she worked hard with Pharrell Williams to create Get Well Soon, the final track on her album Sweetener, as a way to cope with the aftermath of the attack (below):

“When I got home from tour [after Manchester], I had really wild dizzy spells, this feeling like I couldn’t breathe. I would be in a good mood, fine and happy, and they would hit me out of nowhere. I’ve always had anxiety, but it had never been physical before. There were a couple of months straight where I felt so upside down … [Get Well Soon] is all the voices in my head talking to one another. ‘They say my system is overloaded,’ and then the background vocals say, ‘Girl, what’s wrong with you? Come back down.'”

And she continued (below):

“You hear about these things. You see it on the news, you tweet the hashtag. It’s happened before, and it’ll happen again. It makes you sad, you think about it for a little, and then people move on. But experiencing something like that firsthand, you think of everything differently. Everything is different.”

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And after the Elle writer takes a SERIOUS shot at Taylor Swift for remaining neutral in such a stark political climate nowadays, Ariana reveals that she believes it’s her duty to be openly political, and anti-Donald Trump, no matter the backlash she may be getting from a certain segment of the population (below):

“There’s a lot of noise when you say anything about anything. But if I’m not going to say it, what’s the fucking point of being here? Not everyone is going to agree with you, but that doesn’t mean I’m just going to shut up and sing my songs. I’m also going to be a human being who cares about other human beings; to be an ally and use my privilege to help educate people.”

Yes, girl!!!

Now that’s the way to do it!!!!

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You can read the full article by clicking HERE — though, to be warned, there really isn’t much about her and Davidson as the interview was conducted right after the Met Gala in May.

Let us know your opinions in the comments (below)…

[Image via ELLE.]

Jul 11, 2018 12:15pm PDT

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