Ariana Grande talks with Women’s Health at Reebok eventRyan2017-10-01
On September 20th, Ariana Grande attended a press event for her partnership with Reebok. She talked to Women’s Health about her collaboration and much more.
As an international pop sensation touring the globe for most of this year, Ariana Grande has built a home-away-from-home on the road with her band, her dancers, her friends, and her fans. But now that her Dangerous Woman Tour has come to a close, the newly-minted Reebok ambassador is preparing to take some time for herself.
We caught up with the superstar in Hong Kong at an event celebrating her new partnership with the athletic brand, just one day before the final show of the tour. Editors were immersed in a “day in the life” of the “Into You” singer, starting bright and early with a workout with her trainer Harley Pasternak, followed by a styling session with her go-to guru Law Roach and a choreography lesson with her dancers and creative directors Brian and Scott Nicholson.
With countless packed days like this one over the past seven months, you’d think Ariana might be kind of over life on the road. But during a Q&A session, she seemed most at home talking about the “really beautiful family” that’s formed among her touring crew. “All we need is each other, and we have all the stress release, all the fun that we need,” she said. “It’s so much fun. I love them so much. I don’t want to go home.”
After a life-changing year on the road, marked by a terrorist attack at her Manchester, England, concert in May, Ariana plans to shift her focus now that her show has officially wrapped. “I think what I’m probably going to do is check in on my health,” she says. “I’m going to see my doctors and get a checkup and do some things that I’ve been pushing off for a while.” She’s also looking forward to quality downtime with her family. “It’s been a while since I’ve been home, since February. It’s been a lot emotionally. It’s been a very challenging journey for all of us involved. So it would be nice to really hold my loved ones close for a little while, stay home for a little bit.”
Even though she won’t be connecting with crowds of fans nightly for the time being, Ariana, who has 114 million dedicated Instagram followers, will still be spreading her message of female empowerment through her new Reebok campaign. “We have a very similar goal, which is to inspire people to be themselves unapologetically and embrace who they are [and] see all the different kinds of beauty that there is,” she says. “I don’t usually do things like this, but I really—we have a lot in common. We believe all the same things, and the idea of bringing that message to my fans on a broader scale is really exciting to me.”
Ariana’s “Arianators” are always at the forefront of her mind, she says. “I love what I do. I think one of my favorite things about it is being able to have an impact on my fans’ lives, and to be there for them, and to know that what I’m creating is helping them in some way,” she says. “Even if it’s just making them feel empowered when they’re getting ready in the morning, or helping them through a heartbreak, or to find something they love about themselves. Just making them dance in the car on the way to school in the morning. I just like being able to have a connection with them, and I care a lot about that. So it’s a really beautiful thing. I think about them with everything I create.”
Fans can expect that commitment to continue even during her time off. “Knowing me, I’m going to be in the studio, probably, at the same time, because I love it, and I want to create,” she says, adding that she plans to take her time perfecting the new music she started working on more than a year ago. “I’ll be rested and ready to go again as soon as possible, because I just love this so much.”