6 Things We Learned From Ariana Grande’s V Magazine Interview
Ariana Grande sat down for an extensive interview with Scream Queens co-creator Ryan Murphy for V magazine that saw them touch on a host of topics: From just how easy it was to get over her breakup with ex-boyfriend Big Sean, to details on her upcoming album Moonlight, to her relationship with Madonna and more.
Here are six things we took away from the interview.
1) Moonlight is Ariana's most personal work yet.
"Moonlight is very honest and very special to me. I feel like this is the most personal music I’ve made, by far. I’m very proud of it and I’m very excited. It’s scary…it’s vulnerable and kind of terrifying."
2) Breaking up with Big Sean wasn't a huge deal, and there won't be any breakup songs about him on Moonlight.
"I’m good at making the best out of something. It also wasn’t that hard for me, because we were friends. So it’s chill."
"You know, people found out quite a while after [the breakup] actually happened. By the time I was writing the new album, I had kind of moved on. It’s not going to be captured on the album too much. I’m in a happy place. There aren’t any breakup anthems because I had moved on. I was like, alright. Well, f---k it."
3) Ariana's ponytail was never meant to be iconic (but it is).
"Honestly, I wasn’t expecting it to become a thing. I wasn’t expecting to ever have a signature look. But it became one. It’s just what I’m comfortable with and what works for me. I had to dye my hair red for a TV show when I was younger, but before that I always had my hair half-up and half-down in a ponytail. It’s how I’ve been comfortable since I was 12 years old."
4) She mostly stays offline, because the media's spin on stories is often overwhelming.
"It’s sort of the media’s job to make things up in order to keep their audience interested. In a way, I kind of understand them. But I don’t really look at the Internet anymore. The only reason I go on is to post things for my fans. I don’t read anything anymore because I came to an understanding that, okay, sometimes these people are going to say nice things, and sometimes they’re going to say fake things because they need to keep their readers curious and interested."
5) Ariana grew up in an LGBTQ-friendly household, and doesn't understand the concept of intolerance.
"I mean, here’s the thing: I wasn’t raised in a household where it was considered abnormal to be gay. So for me to meet people who use the word “f---t” as an insult, with a derogatory meaning, I can’t take it. I don’t understand it. It’s so foreign to me. I was raised in a household where being gay was like, the most normal thing. You know, my brother is gay, all of my best friends are gay. When my brother came out of the closet, it wasn’t a big deal for my family. Even my grandpa, who is like, super old-school, was like, Good for you! It’s outrageous to me when I see people hate on someone because of their sexuality. I hate the intolerance. I hate the judgment. I hate it so much. Most of my favorite people in my life are gay. It’s something I’m super passionate about, because whenever I would see my friends get bullied, or my brother get hurt for his sexuality, I would become a raging lunatic. I would literally become a raging lunatic because I just can’t take it. When you see someone you love hurting, for such a superficial, bullshit reason, it’s like, how small and spiritually unenlightened and dumb as fuck can a person be? How much further can your head get up your ass that you’re actually judging someone as a person based on their sexuality before you even have a conversation with them?"
6) Madonna is maternal and they've discussed Kabbalah together.
"I love Madonna. I met her a few times and she was so overwhelmingly kind and sweet, and down to earth, and motherly. She’s very, very maternal. I practice Kabbalah as well, so that was one of the first things she mentioned, because I had my Zohar in my pocket. She may have noticed, maybe not, but she brought it up. And we danced together at her Oscar party. That’s all I can ever ask for. She inspires me endlessly. I’m so inspired by her fearlessness…Like, this is me, and if you don’t like it, go fuck yourself. That’s so cool, you know? So many people are afraid to be themselves and say what they believe in. For a long time, I feel like I was as well. I’m not anymore. But it takes a lot of growing up to really embrace yourself and embrace your voice, and say, Hey, why am I doing this? Am I doing this because I want to stand on stage with a pretty ponytail and sing pretty songs? Or am I doing this because I want to entertain and I want to say something that will help a lot of people? Do I want to use my voice to help as many people as I can? It takes a certain amount of bravery and growth to get there."
You can check out the full interview over at V Magazine.
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