Ariana Grande Gives a Brutally Honest Reply to Her Critics

Ariana Grande is one of the biggest stars in the world, regularly selling out massive stadiums as she belts out her signature pop ballads. Her fans are among the most devoted in the world, and follow her every move on social media, supporting her and calling out those who don’t. Still, there are some who don’t love Grande and have taken issue with her image and the example that she represents for young women. Recently, Grande spoke out about her critics and how she handles the negative feedback.

How did Ariana Grande become famous?

Ariana Grande
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Born in 1993, Grande developed an interest in performing when she was very young. After starring in a Broadway musical called 13, Grande was cast in a Nickelodeon show called Victorious. Grande became immensely popular on the show and went on to star in a spinoff titled Sam & Cat. Her musical abilities rose to prominence after she recorded some of the soundtrack songs for the show: People were so impressed by her soaring voice that she went on to score a record deal.

Her debut album, Yours Truly, was a huge success and kicked off a string of successful albums, each one more popular than the previous one. Grande soon became a certified superstar, and fans everywhere responded to her emotional lyrics and her vocal mastery. She has continued to break records and grow her fan base even as she has gotten more involved in social justice causes.

Grande has also survived several major tragedies in her life, including the untimely death of her ex-boyfriend Mac Miller, and the Manchester bombing, a venue where she had just performed only minutes prior to the attack. Still, in spite of all the love she has received and continues to get on a daily basis from her fans, she still has her critics. And many of them vehemently opposed to Grande’s message.

What criticism has Ariana Grande received?

Although Grande’s talent is undeniable, critics point out her attitude as a problem. Some websites claim her “diva” behavior means that she is not a good role model for fans. It is true that Grande has weathered several scandals, including the infamous “donut-licking” incident, where Grande was seen on camera licking a donut and putting it back in the pastry case. Even though Grande did apologize for the incident, the damage had been done, and many people were outraged.

Others critics take issue with the way she dresses and the often-suggestive dance moves. They claim the scanty outfits that Grande wears make her not a good role model for young girls. Grande seems to take the criticism in stride, although a recent interview that she did gave some unique insight into how she sees the haters and whether she places any stock in what they say.

What does Ariana Grande have to say to her critics?

Grande’s recent sitdown with Vogue revealed that the pop icon relies on the exaggerated version of herself to feel safe on stage, including the thigh-high boots and minidresses. “I like having my funny character that I play,” Grande admitted. “It protects me.”

She also said that she likes to “disrupt” that character from time to time, just to let fans know that there’s a real person inside the character. 

Whatever the method to her madness is, it’s clearly working. Grande has more fans than ever before and the online hate is definitely outweighed by those that love and defend her. With a new album to promote and the world at her feet, Grande obviously isn’t stressing about those who don’t get her or her music.