How Does Ariana Grande Cope with Her Anxiety While on Tour?
Since experiencing that traumatic Manchester attack, the singer has been battling anxiety and depression, which have been taking a toll on her while on tour.
With Grande continuing to battle with her mental health struggles, how is she still able to perform in front of millions of fans night after night?
Grande has been dealing with anxiety and depression for a while
For the past few months, Ariana Grande has been hard at work giving fans an experience of a lifetime during her Sweetener World Tour.
While Grande is full of energy as she sings her chart-topping hits onstage, she is suffering mentally behind the scenes.
Since 2017, the singer has been candid about her battle with anxiety and PTSD following the bombing at a Manchester, U.K. concert venue while she was performing.
Although she tries to push through and perform on her worse days, Grande’s mental health has gotten the best of her on more than one occasion.
Just last month, the hitmaker canceled a meet and greet in Antwerp, Belgium, telling fans that her anxiety and depression have been at “an all-time high lately.”
“Hi my loves,” Grande wrote on her Instagram Stories. “Time for some honesty. My depression and anxiety have been at an all-time high lately. I have been giving you all I’ve got and trying to push through as hard as I can and mask it.”
“Today has been an extra rough one,” she continued. “After a handful of panic attacks, I feel like the wisest decision would be to not do soundcheck party or m&g today and preserve my energy for the show.”
Grande concluded her post by confessing that though she can’t control her mental health struggles and she just has to let them run their course every now and again.
“I wish I had control over these attacks but as anybody with anxiety or depression understands, sometimes you can only operate on its terms and not your own,” she said. “I like spending actual time with you and I won’t be able to be present or give you the best of me today.”
She recently flew her dogs out to help calm her nerves
Although Grande’s anxiety is something that continues to take a toll on her, she recently found a way to cope with it while on tour.
According to Capital FM, the singer had two of her dogs flown out to Glasgow to help her feel relaxed and calm her nerves.
Her trusty companions Toulouse and Myron were chartered on a plane a few hours before she was set to perform and really helped her feel at home.
“She jetted the dogs out from Birmingham, and they got there three hours before she arrived,” a source shared with the outlet. “Ariana wanted to make sure she felt right at home and after she cancelled a number of meet-and- greets due to anxiety, they help her with that. They help to calm her nerves.”
Even though Grande doesn’t have a ton of downtime while on tour, just being able to have her dogs with her makes all the difference.
Despite the singer not having a ton of time with her pooches before having to get ready for her show, she made sure her dogs were well taken care of while she was performing.
“The dogs, who have been assigned their own room at the two-bedroom apartment, were well looked after by a minder during their stay,” the source explained. “As well as being offered personalized bone shaped dog biscuits and furry bedding they even got given tartan dog collars.”
Grande continues to suffer from anxiety and depression to this day but she is looking to finish out the leg of her world tour strong.