Ariana Grande covers the June issue of Billboard Magazine

On May 18th,  Billboard posted their interview with Ariana Grande, as she is covering the June edition of Billboard Magazine! Check out the whole interview below!

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While it boasts five bedrooms, marble floors and a huge window overlooking beautiful Benedict Canyon, the Beverly Hills home Ariana Grande moved into last summer lacks any kind of decor — unless you count the picture frames leaning against a nearby wall, their corners still wrapped in cardboard. On this Monday afternoon in April, Grande sits in a plush white chair at the head of her sprawling dining room table. She’s wearing a plain black top, black stretchy pants and unmarked black sneakers, and her hair hangs over her chest in two loosely braided ropes. A MacBook, iPhone, bottle of water and Starbucks iced coffee sit before her. It’s as if a Hollywood pitch meeting is about to break out — an impression that’s reinforced when she offers a one-sentence summary of Dangerous Woman, her third album, throatily enunciating each syllable: “A 22-year-old girl comes into her own trying to balance growing up, love and a lot of other bullshit along the way.”

But in Ariana Grande’s world, things are always a bit more complex — odder? — than they first seem. After delivering this little coming-of-age log line, for example, she points her big eyes up at the ceiling in search of a kicker and comes out with this: “And she has a black latex Super Bunny within!” (More on that in a moment.) Once Grande — a former Nickelodeon star and gifted comic actress who expertly impersonates other pop stars on Saturday Night Live and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon — warms up, the barely furnished house begins to feel less like a conference center and more like an acting studio. During our talk she dramatically bats her lashes and flashes an exaggerated grin, all with self-aware elan. She also does a perfectly mealy-mouthed impression of rapper Future and breaks into “Complicated” by Avril Lavigne. But the best is her Jurassic Park velociraptor: She curls her fingers into claws, hunches and does a Wookiee-like growl: “Hrrrrlll!”

It’s all very charming — Celine Dion told Grande she “peed” watching her re-create her signature chest pound for Fallon — but Grande’s skill for mimicry doesn’t make it any easier to suss out her true self. Is she an entertainer in the old-school mode, forged in the fire of TV, Broadway and pop-music child stardom? A diva tucking her insecurities behind a lot of razzle-dazzle? Someone who might actually slip into a black-latex bunny costume?

As a matter of fact, Grande appears on the cover of Dangerous Woman in shiny black headgear with long ears. It looks like it was designed for American Horror Story by the cartoonists at Warner Bros. The Super Bunny “is my superhero, or supervillain — whatever I’m feeling on the day,” says Grande. “Whenever I doubt myself or question choices I know in my gut are right — because other people are telling me other things — I’m like, ‘What would that bad bitch Super Bunny do?’ She helps me call the shots.”

Whether owing to her gut, her team or her alter-egos, it has been a grand career for Grande so far. With her March hit “Dangerous Woman” — a sultry R&B track with a self-empowerment message and an arena-annihilating hook — Grande became the first artist in Billboard Hot 100 history to have the lead single of each of her first three albums debut in the top 10. She has sold 1.3 million albums in the United States, according to Nielsen Music; grossed $41.8 million on 2015’s Honeymoon Tour, according to Billboard Boxscore; claims 4 billion YouTube views; clocks in at fourth among all humans on Instagram (with 71.4 million followers) and 18th on Twitter (38.8 million); and will kick off her album release with a performance at the Billboard Music Awards on May 22. And, she says, “I feel like I’m still just getting started — a lot of people forget I’m only three years in.”

Grande’s challenge is with her quote unquote brand. Like all female pop stars entering adulthood these days, she’s under pressure to not only prove herself grown and sexy, but that she’s somehow lifting up herself and other women as she does it. And in her bid to be taken seriously, she has more to overcome than many of her peers. The world first met her as Cat Valentine, the adorably dopey character at the heart of two Nickelodeon teen sitcoms (the second, Sam & Cat, ended in 2014), and she hasn’t quite shaken off that childlike sheen. Her tiny stature (she’s just 5 feet tall), love of Harry Potter (she describes Super Bunny as “my patronus”) and all the animal-themed, Lolita-meets-S&M gear don’t exactly help. Neither did getting caught on a bakery security camera in 2015 licking pastries that weren’t hers while declaring, “I hate America.”

But Grande’s got a not-so-secret weapon in all this: showstopping talent. “She’s a pure singer,” says Macy Gray, 48, who appears on Dangerous Woman’s most soulful cut, “Leave Me Lonely.” “It’s similar to what Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston and Christina Aguilera have — that power thing. But I didn’t realize that. She does all these pop records where you can get a song across without showing your chops.”

And Grande’s talent is not merely as a singer. Her turn as SNL host in March garnered rave reviews. Steven Spielberg was so impressed he texted Lorne Michaels to say so. (“I can’t tell you how surreal and insane that is for me,” gushes Grande. “My second birthday party was Jaws-themed. My brain almost combusted when I heard it from Lorne.”) Her skits were great, but the real win was the monologue, in which Grande spun Doughnutgate into a showcase for her artistry and self-awareness, singing about her need for a proper adult scandal (“Miley’s had them, Bieber’s had them”) to take her career to the next level. “I was just so happy to be able to make fun of myself,” says Grande. “If you think you’re laughing at me, I promise I laughed first.”

When it comes to the delicate art of signaling her feminist awareness, Grande has proved less of a natural. Instagramming pictures of Maya Angelou, Coco Chanel and her journalist aunt Judy Grande with Gloria Steinem in the lead-up to the release of “Dangerous Woman” felt a bit on the nose when the constituents of Taylor Swift’s woke women’s consortium advertise their membership simply by appearing together on red carpets.

Still, Grande’s feminism is clearly no put-on. “Do you want to see something I saved to my phone because it upset me so much?” she asks me. It’s a collection of tweets from a U.K. radio station with a salacious streak — two praise Justin Bieber and Zayn Malikfor showing skin, and two scold Miley Cyrus and Kim Kardashian for the same. “If you’re going to rave about how sexy a male artist looks with his shirt off,” says Grande, “and a woman decides to get in her panties or show her boobies for a photo shoot, she needs to be treated with the same awe and admiration. I will say it until I’m an old-ass lady with my tits out at Whole Foods. I’ll be in the produce aisle, naked at 95, with a sensible ponytail, one strand of hair left on my head and a Chanel bow. Mark my words. See you there with my 95 dogs.”

In June, Grande tweeted a screen grab of an essay she wrote about her budding independence, capped with a 1971 Steinem quote: “Any woman who chooses to behave like a full human being should be warned that the armies of the status quo will treat her as something of a dirty joke. She will need her sisterhood.”

Grande’s sisterhood includes her mother and nonna, managers Stephanie Simon and Jennifer Merlino (Grande parted ways with co-manager Scooter Braun in February), her fans the Arianators and old pals from Florida: Misha Lambert, now a self-published author, and Alexa Luria, who just graduated from the University of Florida and has 560,000 Instagram followers thanks to her BFF status with Grande.

“I have a bunch of really dope friends I’ve known since elementary school,” says Grande. “They think it’s funny that people want to take pictures with me at Starbucks, because it is — it’s weird. They’re going to keep me healthy and humble. I still feel like Ariana from Boca [Raton] who loves musical theater and dogs. I’m just working now.”

But Grande was working then, too. When she was 8 years old, she sang the national anthem at a Florida Panthers game, caught Gloria Estefan’s ear doing karaoke on a cruise ship (Estefan has said she told Grande, “This is what you need to be doing”) and starred in Annie at the local Little Palm Family Theatre. That was about the time her parents split up. Joan Grande is the CEO of Hose-McCann, a communications company with military contracts, and her dad, Edward Butera, owns a graphic design studio in Boca Raton, where Ariana was raised with her older half-brother Frankie (today an actor, TV host and YouTube personality). Back then, she dressed up as Dorothy Gale a lot, and sometimes Jason Voorhees.

“I was a messed-up little kid,” says Grande with glee. “I remember one night my dad came home late from work, and we all had skeleton makeup on our faces. He was like, ‘Is this Halloween?’ Nope, it’s just another Wednesday in our house.”

Grande sang to the soundtracks of The Bodyguard and The Wizard of Oz, played French horn for a few years and made songs using GarageBand and a Boss RC-50 Loop Station like her early hero Imogen Heap. (Our interview is interrupted when her soundman arrives to collect her Mi.Mu Gloves, a Heap invention and Grande concert staple that bundles a sampler, theremin and vocoder.) Broadway came calling first. In 2008, Grande moved to New York with her mother and Frankie after winning a role in the musical 13. Then, in 2009, they relocated to Los Angeles for her Nickelodeon gig on Victorious.

Republic Records chairman/CEO Monte Lipman signed Grande in 2011, when she was 17. “I’m pitching her on the company,” he recalls, “and about 12 minutes in, she shuts me down and goes, ‘Do you want to hear me sing?’ Then she belts a Whitney track and just stops time. The other intriguing thing was she said she pursued acting to set up her music career. Ari is very determined and incredibly resourceful.”

An early bubble gum LP was wisely scrapped — Grande even had the frilly video for “Put Your Hearts Up” scrubbed from Vevo — and in 2013 she relaunched. “One minute I was Cat Valentine,” she recalls, “and the next I was singing R&B and making out with Mac Miller” in the video for “The Way.”

Big Sean, another rapper whom Grande featured on her early songs, became her boyfriend. Their eight-month romance ended in early 2015 because, they maintained, touring would keep them apart most of the year, and Grande says the split wasn’t too hard on her. But tabloid coverage of the type that surrounded her then remains a sore spot now.

“I’ll never be able to swallow the fact that people feel the need to attach a successful woman to a man when they say her name,” says Grande, alluding to another singer’s relationship. “I saw a headline — draw your own conclusions [on the subjects] because it’ll be so much drama that I don’t want — they called someone another someone’s ex, and that pissed me off. This person has had so many great records in the last year, and she hasn’t been dating him forever. Call her by her name!” Her voice echoes off her home’s bare walls. “I hate that. Like, I’m fuming. Sorry. You opened up … I need to take a sip of water and breathe. Don’t get me started on this shit.”

It seems obvious that Grande’s referring to Bieber and Selena Gomez, though it’s unclear if she’s projecting onto Gomez because she has worked too hard to have her own spotlight stolen or she resents having her old romances played for clicks. In a quieter moment, I ask her about the difference between TV fame and pop celebrity. “When you’re playing a zany character on a kids’ show, people don’t want to vilify you as much,” says Grande. “They’re a lot harder on pop artists — they’re unafraid to hurt you.”

Grande says she went through a lot in the last year and a half, but when I press her for specifics, she just refers me to the new album’s lyrics. “I’m much better at making songs than telling people things,” she admits. As for her documented but unconfirmed relationship with her backup dancer (and partner in doughnut crime) Ricky Alvarez, she’s curt: “We’re happy. I’m a very happy girl. I have a healthy life right now, and I think that’s all anyone cares to know. The end.”

Grande doesn’t mention that Alvarez inspired the name of the LP’s doo-wop opener “Moonlight.” “That’s what Ricky called her one night. I think it was after their first kiss,” says Grande’s close friend and co-writer of six years, Victoria Monet, 23. “He waited to kiss her for a long time, and she was really impressed. He’s such a gentleman, and the song is a great little bookmark of the start of their relationship.” Grande sends Monet texts or voice memos when anything song-worthy happens to her, and the two write music during sleepovers in which they wear onesies and play the card game Bullshit. Grande also invited Monet on tour so she could hear a stadium full of fans singing their songs.

Behind the scenes with other folks, it has been rumored that Grande is somewhat difficult — that she is, you know, a diva. “The D-word for Ariana is ‘do-it-yourself,’ ” counters Lipman. “She takes on tremendous responsibility and isn’t afraid to challenge whomever. Some people are intimidated by that, but I encourage it. We’ve argued — we’ll raise our voices — but that’s creative conflict and that’s where the sparks fly. It always starts and ends with Ariana.”

“If I want to walk to Whole Foods and there are a million pictures of me the next day, fine!” says Grande. “Guess what? I go to Whole Foods looking like shit all the time.” Grande wears a Ralph Lauren dress, Tacori rings and Harry Kotlar earrings.

There’s a hint of that stubborn support for the artistic prerogative in Grande’s response to a question about Kanye West and his now-notorious line from “Famous”: “I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex/Why? I made that bitch famous.” Grande squirms when asked about the line, but refuses to cast West out: “I’m conflicted. It’s a serious thing to joke about, but at the same time, a lot of artists use humor in their music. I mean, yes, it’s hard to listen to. But I’m obsessed with Kanye’s album. I’m obsessed with Taylor’s album. There are some cringe-worthy topics on his, but it’s part of Kanye. He’s a fantastic artist.”

Grande’s determined to avoid any kind of controversy. She won’t comment, for example, on Swift’s Twitter scuffle with guest Dangerous Woman rapper Nicki Minajover the latter’s perceived 2015 MTV Video Music Awards snub: “If people are fighting, I stay as far away as possible. I’ve said this a million times: I hate drama. I love women in the industry. I’m a big fan of all my peers, and I try to keep it a hundred. That’s why I don’t look at anything. I’m like, ‘My song’s out!’ Then I run for the hills. ‘Here’s another picture of my dogs! Bye!’ ”

Speaking of her dogs: Grande owns seven (not 95, or at least not yet). A brindle pit rescue named Cinnamon offers me a paw when I arrive, and her Yorkie adoptee Strauss finds her lap halfway through the interview. The cheagle Toulouse, who modeled for Coach in 2015, eventually walks me to the door. Grande offers a hug, but her team, who excused themselves earlier, are flocking back to the big table, so she doesn’t linger. The menagerie awaits its leader.

Source: Billboard.com

Ariana Grande & Ryan Murphy talk SQ, Moonlight, movies + MORE for V Magazine

On September 21st, a very detailed interview of Ryan Murphy & Ariana Grande was published on V Magazine, and they talk about so many things, including Scream Queens, Moonlight, making scary movies together, Big Sean + SO MUCH MORE! There are also HQ photos of her photoshoot with Alfredo Flores posted. Check out the photos and interview below!

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RYAN MURPHY Are you ready for my hard-hitting questions, honey?

ARIANA GRANDE I am very ready.

RM I miss you! Tell me, how has Scream Queens been going? Is it what you thought it was going to be?

AG It’s a lot more fun than I thought it was going to be. Because usually…I like acting, but I don’t like it as much as I love singing. When I showed up for my first week on set, I didn’t even want to leave. It was so much fun! It’s more than I thought it would be and I love it!

RM Well, you’re great in it and I’m glad you’re doing so many episodes. It was so fun to meet you and direct you in that first episode. I always knew you could act, of course, but I was very impressed with your technique. I wouldn’t say you’re a method actress, but you cried instantly really well. You have a great access to your emotional life that I think is quite fantastic. Good for you, lady!

AG Well thank you! I was very nervous and excited to work with you because I’m a really big fan. But everyone’s been very welcoming and has made me feel right at home so it’s nice.

RM On set, you and I were talking about your new album and you were playing me tracks. Tell me about the Moonlight experience.

AG Well, 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.

RM Well, everybody at this point knows that you’ve gone through a high-profile breakup this year. Some of the stuff you’ve been going through in your personal life, have you written songs about it? Any cathartic power anthems?

AG You know, people found out quite a while after it 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, fuck it.

RM From what I remember, it sounds very romantic and adult. It felt like a real leap forward in your artistic life, like you’re becoming more of a woman. Do you feel that about the album?

AG Yeah I actually do feel that way. I’m really glad that’s what you took away from it. I’ve been feeling a lot more empowered, and grown up, and independent. I think that’s part of the reason I didn’t want to make a pissed-off break-up song. I was not focused on that. Everything is nice and great right now…why would I write about some bullshit? I’d rather write about some really lovely things that are going on.

RM Well, that’s one thing I love about you. The first time I met you, you came into my office. It was the fall, it was cold, and you were wearing high heels and a onesy and you sat down. Usually when I meet young people, I feel like a father figure, in a weird way, because of the age difference. But you started talking about spirituality and Kabbalah and really fantastic emotional things, and I felt like you were almost my teacher!

AG Really? That’s the cutest thing ever!

RM Yeah!

AG I’ll be your teacher, Ryan.

RM You also swear like a sailor, and you feel like a really old soul to me.

AG Well thank you! I take that as a compliment. I do feel like I’m an old soul. I don’t know why. My Kabbalah teacher, Ruthie, also tells me I’m a very old soul. So I believe it. I’ve been around the block.

RM I love that you cut through the bullshit. Even when I was directing you, there’s such a shortcut to your emotional life. You don’t need a lot of handholding or a lot of explanation. You tune directly into the truth. You’re not just a singer and a dancer, you’re also an actress. The Barbra Streisand comparison comes up a lot, as somebody who can do a lot of different things. Do you see yourself going in that direction?

AG Barbra Streisand’s career is definitely one that I would like to aim toward, just because she did everything! I want to be able to do everything. I mean, she’s Barbra Streisand!

RM It’s hard to have a “look” that becomes iconic. Very few people do it well. Talk to me about this high ponytail, because it has a life of its own! I did get the honor of feeling the high pony, and it’s heavy. Tell me about that. People are obsessed with it!

AG [laughs.] Is it heavy? That’s hilarious. I have no idea. 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.

RM Did you know that I got death threats from people who wrote me on Twitter that if I dared to make you cut the high pony for your role on Scream Queens that I would be killed?

AG That’s hilarious. You need to wear a high pony one day. We’ll wear matching high ponies.

RM They were kind of vicious. Now, every generation has people that the media label as divas. You are a strong young woman and you sort of handle your own career. Nobody gives you shit or tells you what to do. But the media has translated that into, Oh, Ariana’s a diva. I’m here to say that’s not true. I’ve worked with a lot of actresses and a lot of times they do their scene and flee back to the trailer and they’re treated a certain way. You’re not that way at all.

AG 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.

RM Well, I’m here to tell people you’re not a diva at all. In fact, you are the most down to earth person…your mom was around on set, she’s a ball, I love her. You’re sort of the most cool girl to hang with. I was obsessed with how everybody kept telling me that Ariana would be carried from her trailer to the set by her bodyguard. I’m like…that’s not true! She’s not carried around! Where did that ridiculous thing come from?

AG I posted a picture with my friend Gryphon carrying me after a video shoot because I was doing pointe. At this point I hadn’t done pointe in like, five years. So I was up on my box all day on a 15-hour shoot, and to go from not doing pointe for five years to being on your tippy-toes for a 15-hour shoot day, you’re pretty much fucked at the end of the day. My friend Gryphon was carrying me and I posted a cute picture of it. So of course the media turned it into some evil thing. But hey, Gryphon and I had a good laugh about it.

RM How do you dance in those enormous heels that you wear? Is that a special discipline?

AG My brother Frankie taught me!

RM I love that. I love Frankie. You know, when I was a journalist I had one of the very last interviews with Bette Davis, and she said, “if they don’t imitate you, then you haven’t done your job.” So, hats off to you Ariana, because you really have created an iconic image for yourself.

AG Well thank you! And I love Bette Davis.

RM You are a role model for young people and I love that you’ve been so supportive of the gay community. When the Supreme Court ruled that all gay people can get married in this country, you were one of the first people to send out all that inspiring social media. Tell me about your love of the LGBTQ community.

AG 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 “faggot” 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?

RM You know, you remind me of Madonna in that regard, because Madonna also has a gay brother, and she used her forum to promote [acceptance]. I know you also have a strong feeling about Madonna. You and I have that in common, we talk about her a lot.

AG Yes, I love Madonna and I love our shared love for Madonna as well. We can just talk about her for hours together, while we’re making our scary movies together…coming up!

RM Well, I can’t wait until people find out about the movie stuff you and I have been putting together. That’s going to be announced…

AG I know, me neither! We should make subliminal Madonna references throughout the film. 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.

RM How far would you go to use sexuality in your work? You’re very polite and ladylike in how you conduct yourself in the world. You have great manners. But then everybody knows you swear like a sailor. [Laughs.] It’s hilarious.

AG It depends on the day. Some days I feel more comfortable using sexuality in my work, and then some days I feel like being a little more reserved. I think that’s why I’m in the middle of this whole conversation of, what is she? Is she a good girl or is she a bad girl? I think that I’m both. I don’t need to be either. I don’t need to be a pop princess who is America’s sweetheart or the next rebellious, wild, young thing. I don’t need to pick or choose. I can show skin and swear like a sailor but also be a good role model. I think that I’m a good person. I don’t think cursing makes you a bad person. I don’t think showing skin or kissing boys makes you a bad person. I don’t think that expressing sexuality makes you a bad person at all. I don’t think that’s bad…I think it’s great! We need to encourage each other to do what we want and not let it totally define us. You know? The things that people think define them aren’t valid either. You could see a girl who’s completely covered head-to-toe and who looks like the sweetest little thing in the world, and she could be the most horrendous human being on the planet inside.

RM That’s a very strong message for women, about sexual empowerment without it being gross, or lurid, or vulgar. I think people underestimate the subliminal power in your lyrics. If you listen to the lyrics of a lot of your songs, particularly after they’ve become big hits, they are really sexual and they’re done in a strong, unapologetic way.

AG Well thank you! I’m glad you picked that up.

RM I think most people don’t pick that up about you. They see the cute babydoll look in the videos, but your message and your music really does tell young women that they’re in charge of their own sexuality, and that they’re no man’s fool, and don’t need a man to feel good, in a way.

AG Wow! I love that you’re saying all of these things right now! It makes me feel really, really happy. I wrote something a little while ago, about what it’s like to constantly be attached to a man in the media, and how I’m not Sean’s ex. I would prefer to be referred to as just Ariana. But then some people were being like, what a hypocrite, because now she has a new boyfriend. But they’re still missing the point. It doesn’t matter whether I’m on my own or not. Whatever I decide to do with my body, with my heart, and with my life, I can still be my own person.

RM But no one would say those things if you were a man. So many young women who start off as a success are just beaten down by the double standard that is never applied to men.

AG Oh my god, of course not!

RM When you came to film the first episode of Scream Queens, you had just been through this headline-making breakup. But instead of weeping, and running around crying, you had such a great sense of, This is okay, I learned a lot from it, and I’m moving on and ready to go. You’re all about moving on. Do you think that’s true?

AG 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.

RM What would you tell a young woman of your age, very succinctly, if they go through a breakup, what’s the best thing to do to get over it?

AG I have no breakup advice. Good luck!

RM [Laughs.] I like that you’re a role model but you never for a second pretend to tell people what to do…unlike some people.

AG I’m not going to pretend I have great breakup advice. It’s hard. Good luck. You’ll be fine. You don’t need anyone. It’s nice to have someone that makes you happy, but it’s nice to be happy on your own as well. You don’t need to depend on another person for your happiness. That person can contribute to your happiness, but you’re two whole beings on your own. You can make each other glow, like you just ran through one of those rainbow stars in Mario Brothers, but you’re still completely capable, sufficient, and beautiful, and can be happy on your own. That’s my breakup advice! There you go! I got it!

RM Remember when we were coming up with the most amazing names for your new fragrance? Did you ever settle on one?

AG Yes, it’s called “Ari”…because every other name on earth was taken! [Laughs.] Sorry Ryan! “Dream Wish” or whatever you wanted it to be called was taken. But it worked out because it’s a very personal thing. It’s my first fragrance. I wanted it to be as simple as possible, so I just went with Ari because that’s my nickname everybody calls me.

RM Well the boys on set came up with some great X-rated titles for your fragrances, so one day you and I should reveal what some of those titles were. They were so good and so funny.

AG The dirty perfume names we were coming up with?

RM Yeah! You remember…

AG I don’t think we can reveal those!

RM You’re right…some things are too X-rated.

RYAN MURPHY Are you ready for my hard-hitting questions, honey?

ARIANA GRANDE I am very ready.

RM I miss you! Tell me, how has Scream Queens been going? Is it what you thought it was going to be?

AG It’s a lot more fun than I thought it was going to be. Because usually…I like acting, but I don’t like it as much as I love singing. When I showed up for my first week on set, I didn’t even want to leave. It was so much fun! It’s more than I thought it would be and I love it!

RM Well, you’re great in it and I’m glad you’re doing so many episodes. It was so fun to meet you and direct you in that first episode. I always knew you could act, of course, but I was very impressed with your technique. I wouldn’t say you’re a method actress, but you cried instantly really well. You have a great access to your emotional life that I think is quite fantastic. Good for you, lady!

AG Well thank you! I was very nervous and excited to work with you because I’m a really big fan. But everyone’s been very welcoming and has made me feel right at home so it’s nice.

RM On set, you and I were talking about your new album and you were playing me tracks. Tell me about the Moonlight experience.

AG Well, 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.

RM Well, everybody at this point knows that you’ve gone through a high-profile breakup this year. Some of the stuff you’ve been going through in your personal life, have you written songs about it? Any cathartic power anthems?

AG You know, people found out quite a while after it 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, fuck it.

RM From what I remember, it sounds very romantic and adult. It felt like a real leap forward in your artistic life, like you’re becoming more of a woman. Do you feel that about the album?

AG Yeah I actually do feel that way. I’m really glad that’s what you took away from it. I’ve been feeling a lot more empowered, and grown up, and independent. I think that’s part of the reason I didn’t want to make a pissed-off break-up song. I was not focused on that. Everything is nice and great right now…why would I write about some bullshit? I’d rather write about some really lovely things that are going on.

RM Well, that’s one thing I love about you. The first time I met you, you came into my office. It was the fall, it was cold, and you were wearing high heels and a onesy and you sat down. Usually when I meet young people, I feel like a father figure, in a weird way, because of the age difference. But you started talking about spirituality and Kabbalah and really fantastic emotional things, and I felt like you were almost my teacher!

AG Really? That’s the cutest thing ever!

RM Yeah!

AG I’ll be your teacher, Ryan.

RM You also swear like a sailor, and you feel like a really old soul to me.

AG Well thank you! I take that as a compliment. I do feel like I’m an old soul. I don’t know why. My Kabbalah teacher, Ruthie, also tells me I’m a very old soul. So I believe it. I’ve been around the block.

RM I love that you cut through the bullshit. Even when I was directing you, there’s such a shortcut to your emotional life. You don’t need a lot of handholding or a lot of explanation. You tune directly into the truth. You’re not just a singer and a dancer, you’re also an actress. The Barbra Streisand comparison comes up a lot, as somebody who can do a lot of different things. Do you see yourself going in that direction?

AG Barbra Streisand’s career is definitely one that I would like to aim toward, just because she did everything! I want to be able to do everything. I mean, she’s Barbra Streisand!

RM It’s hard to have a “look” that becomes iconic. Very few people do it well. Talk to me about this high ponytail, because it has a life of its own! I did get the honor of feeling the high pony, and it’s heavy. Tell me about that. People are obsessed with it!

AG [laughs.] Is it heavy? That’s hilarious. I have no idea. 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.

RM Did you know that I got death threats from people who wrote me on Twitter that if I dared to make you cut the high pony for your role on Scream Queens that I would be killed?

AG That’s hilarious. You need to wear a high pony one day. We’ll wear matching high ponies.

RM They were kind of vicious. Now, every generation has people that the media label as divas. You are a strong young woman and you sort of handle your own career. Nobody gives you shit or tells you what to do. But the media has translated that into, Oh, Ariana’s a diva. I’m here to say that’s not true. I’ve worked with a lot of actresses and a lot of times they do their scene and flee back to the trailer and they’re treated a certain way. You’re not that way at all.

AG 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.

RM Well, I’m here to tell people you’re not a diva at all. In fact, you are the most down to earth person…your mom was around on set, she’s a ball, I love her. You’re sort of the most cool girl to hang with. I was obsessed with how everybody kept telling me that Ariana would be carried from her trailer to the set by her bodyguard. I’m like…that’s not true! She’s not carried around! Where did that ridiculous thing come from?

AG I posted a picture with my friend Gryphon carrying me after a video shoot because I was doing pointe. At this point I hadn’t done pointe in like, five years. So I was up on my box all day on a 15-hour shoot, and to go from not doing pointe for five years to being on your tippy-toes for a 15-hour shoot day, you’re pretty much fucked at the end of the day. My friend Gryphon was carrying me and I posted a cute picture of it. So of course the media turned it into some evil thing. But hey, Gryphon and I had a good laugh about it.

RM How do you dance in those enormous heels that you wear? Is that a special discipline?

AG My brother Frankie taught me!

RM I love that. I love Frankie. You know, when I was a journalist I had one of the very last interviews with Bette Davis, and she said, “if they don’t imitate you, then you haven’t done your job.” So, hats off to you Ariana, because you really have created an iconic image for yourself.

AG Well thank you! And I love Bette Davis.

RM You are a role model for young people and I love that you’ve been so supportive of the gay community. When the Supreme Court ruled that all gay people can get married in this country, you were one of the first people to send out all that inspiring social media. Tell me about your love of the LGBTQ community.

AG 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 “faggot” 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?

RM You know, you remind me of Madonna in that regard, because Madonna also has a gay brother, and she used her forum to promote [acceptance]. I know you also have a strong feeling about Madonna. You and I have that in common, we talk about her a lot.

AG Yes, I love Madonna and I love our shared love for Madonna as well. We can just talk about her for hours together, while we’re making our scary movies together…coming up!

RM Well, I can’t wait until people find out about the movie stuff you and I have been putting together. That’s going to be announced…

AG I know, me neither! We should make subliminal Madonna references throughout the film. 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.

RM How far would you go to use sexuality in your work? You’re very polite and ladylike in how you conduct yourself in the world. You have great manners. But then everybody knows you swear like a sailor. [Laughs.] It’s hilarious.

AG It depends on the day. Some days I feel more comfortable using sexuality in my work, and then some days I feel like being a little more reserved. I think that’s why I’m in the middle of this whole conversation of, what is she? Is she a good girl or is she a bad girl? I think that I’m both. I don’t need to be either. I don’t need to be a pop princess who is America’s sweetheart or the next rebellious, wild, young thing. I don’t need to pick or choose. I can show skin and swear like a sailor but also be a good role model. I think that I’m a good person. I don’t think cursing makes you a bad person. I don’t think showing skin or kissing boys makes you a bad person. I don’t think that expressing sexuality makes you a bad person at all. I don’t think that’s bad…I think it’s great! We need to encourage each other to do what we want and not let it totally define us. You know? The things that people think define them aren’t valid either. You could see a girl who’s completely covered head-to-toe and who looks like the sweetest little thing in the world, and she could be the most horrendous human being on the planet inside.

RM That’s a very strong message for women, about sexual empowerment without it being gross, or lurid, or vulgar. I think people underestimate the subliminal power in your lyrics. If you listen to the lyrics of a lot of your songs, particularly after they’ve become big hits, they are really sexual and they’re done in a strong, unapologetic way.

AG Well thank you! I’m glad you picked that up.

RM I think most people don’t pick that up about you. They see the cute babydoll look in the videos, but your message and your music really does tell young women that they’re in charge of their own sexuality, and that they’re no man’s fool, and don’t need a man to feel good, in a way.

AG Wow! I love that you’re saying all of these things right now! It makes me feel really, really happy. I wrote something a little while ago, about what it’s like to constantly be attached to a man in the media, and how I’m not Sean’s ex. I would prefer to be referred to as just Ariana. But then some people were being like, what a hypocrite, because now she has a new boyfriend. But they’re still missing the point. It doesn’t matter whether I’m on my own or not. Whatever I decide to do with my body, with my heart, and with my life, I can still be my own person.

RM But no one would say those things if you were a man. So many young women who start off as a success are just beaten down by the double standard that is never applied to men.

AG Oh my god, of course not!

RM When you came to film the first episode of Scream Queens, you had just been through this headline-making breakup. But instead of weeping, and running around crying, you had such a great sense of, This is okay, I learned a lot from it, and I’m moving on and ready to go. You’re all about moving on. Do you think that’s true?

AG 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.

RM What would you tell a young woman of your age, very succinctly, if they go through a breakup, what’s the best thing to do to get over it?

AG I have no breakup advice. Good luck!

RM [Laughs.] I like that you’re a role model but you never for a second pretend to tell people what to do…unlike some people.

AG I’m not going to pretend I have great breakup advice. It’s hard. Good luck. You’ll be fine. You don’t need anyone. It’s nice to have someone that makes you happy, but it’s nice to be happy on your own as well. You don’t need to depend on another person for your happiness. That person can contribute to your happiness, but you’re two whole beings on your own. You can make each other glow, like you just ran through one of those rainbow stars in Mario Brothers, but you’re still completely capable, sufficient, and beautiful, and can be happy on your own. That’s my breakup advice! There you go! I got it!

RM Remember when we were coming up with the most amazing names for your new fragrance? Did you ever settle on one?

AG Yes, it’s called “Ari”…because every other name on earth was taken! [Laughs.] Sorry Ryan! “Dream Wish” or whatever you wanted it to be called was taken. But it worked out because it’s a very personal thing. It’s my first fragrance. I wanted it to be as simple as possible, so I just went with Ari because that’s my nickname everybody calls me.

RM Well the boys on set came up with some great X-rated titles for your fragrances, so one day you and I should reveal what some of those titles were. They were so good and so funny.

AG The dirty perfume names we were coming up with?

RM Yeah! You remember…

AG I don’t think we can reveal those!

RM You’re right…some things are too X-rated.

Source: V Magazine

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Ariana Grande’s third album to feature Justin Bieber + songs about Big Sean

On June 1st, we’ve received exclusive news about Ariana Grande’s third album ‘Moonlight’ from The Gossip Table.  Ariana Grande blew up the internet as she secretly revealed to Twitter that the title of her third album is Moonlight. The Gossip Table has information saying that it will include a Justin Bieber feature, as well as songs about her ex-boyfriend, Big Sean.

Ariana Grande and Big Sean broke up around April, and it was very heartbreaking to hear that, and it’s no surprise that Justin Bieber will be featured on the album since last year this photo of Justin Bieber and Ariana Grande was posted about their duet that has never been released.

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Watch the video where The Gossip Table spills the tea:

Ariana Grande & Big Sean’s relationship ends — why?

Big Sean and Ariana Grande have broken up, a rep for the rapper confirms.

Reps from both artists have issued a joint statement saying “They both deeply care for each other and remain close friends. We kindly ask that the media respect their wish for privacy regarding this personal matter at the time.”

A source tells US Weekly tells that the two artists – who have been dating for eight months – decided to amicably part ways a “few weeks ago” due to upcoming “inflicting touring schedules” within the next year.

LISTEN: Ariana & Big Sean – Research

A couple of weeks ago, Big Sean released the tracklist for his new album “Dark Sky Paradise” and Ariana Grande is featured on it for the song “Research”. Today, the album has been leaked and Research spread around on the internet. Listen to the song below!

Ariana Grande performs at 102.7 KIIS Jingle Ball 2014

Ariana Grande appeared yesterday on December 5th at the 2014 Jingle Ball festival organized by the radio station KIIS-FM. The event took place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles – California, and featured performances by numerous artists, including Ariana Grande.

The singer performed “Problem”, “Santa Tell Me”, “Bang Bang,” “Love Me Harder” and “Best Mistake” (Jessie J, The Weeknd, and Big Sean were guest performers). Check out photos and videos of the event below:

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Ariana Grande performs at A Very GRAMMY Christmas

Ariana Grande’s performance aired on CBS for A Very GRAMMY Christmas. She has performed songs like Best Mistake with her boyfriend Big Sean, and she premiered her Christmas song Santa Tell Me! Note that this was pre-taped and it aired on Dec. 5 at 9 PM EST. Check out the videos + photos below!

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Ariana Grande talks Big Sean & Miley Cyrus with Telegraph

Ariana Grande sat with Telegraph and gave a great interview.

It’s hard to keep up – or, catch up – with Ariana Grande. Our interview was scheduled for one date in New York. Then it was rescheduled for a new date in Los Angeles. It was re-rescheduled back to New York on a third date. Then, once I was in New York, the interview was cancelled a couple of hours before the appointed hour. Sincere apologies followed – I even received a call from Grande’s manager, Scott ‘Scooter’ Braun (who piloted Justin Bieber’s ascent to stardom) – and we finally met three days later, in LA.

What goes on? One of the fastest-rising careers in music, that’s what. The 21-year-old singer from Florida is the brightest new international star of 2014. Grande was an adolescent musical-theatre stalwart who moved into children’s television before turning, in her late teens, to the business of applying her multi-octave ‘Baby Mariah’ vocal range to commercially sure-fire pop. The Swedish producer and songwriter Max Martin – responsible for every other song you have heard on Radio 1 in the past 20 years – has entrusted Grande with a few can’t-miss hits, while she has maintained an edge of credibility courtesy of interesting collaborators such as the cult Canadian R&B producer The Weeknd, the US hip-hop artist Big Sean, and the German electronica DJ Zedd (she has also worked with Harry Styles of One Direction).

One Martin co-contribution, Problem, topped the UK charts in July this year. By August, Grande’s work made up 30 per cent of the US Billboard top 10: Problem, its follow-up, Break Free, and Bang Bang, another UK number one by Jessie J on which Grande is a featured vocalist alongside Nicki Minaj. The only other female artist who has matched that triple feat is Adele.

Grande, then, is in considerable demand. Our final New York appointment was nixed after she had been up much of the previous night, first performing on the opening episode of the 40th season of Saturday Night Live, then singing at the gay nightclub BPM until after 3am. She subsequently lost her voice and developed a heavy cold. But it seems even her management don’t see her that often – and they are a short drive from her Beverly Hills home.

Before we start talking, Grande puts in a round of warm hellos to her team, and collects an award she has been given in absentia. It’s the Sexiest Vegetarian Celebrity 2014 honour from peta2, the youth wing of People for the Ethical Treat­ment of Animals. She may have won MTV’s Best Pop Video ‘Moonman’ for Problem in the summer, but it’s a fair bet this golden pig-shaped statue will gain more prominent real estate on her mantelpiece: Grande is vegan. ‘I vacillate between being raw and not-raw vegan,’ she says. ‘Do I feel healthier? It’s the way to go, I have to say.’

So how come she has a cold?

‘Well, because I’ve been going non-stop for seven months,’ comes her playful (but with a hint of reproach) reply. ‘I haven’t slept in about seven months. So that’ll probably do it as well.’

Grande came off her prescribed bed rest to shoot a video for her next single, the gothic-R&B ballad Love Me Harder, and didn’t finish until six this morning. None the less her big brown eyes are alert (and heavily made up) and she is dressed in swishy casualwear: clumpy snow-white trainers; skin-tight, stone-washed jeans; vest with cardigan tied around her waist; bountiful hair extensions tied into her signature high ponytail.

Still, perhaps that fatigue is gnawing at her. When we start talking, Grande seems a little cool, her answers concise, her body language bolt upright. But soon, a charming, easygoing nature emerges, albeit hand-in-hand with naked ambition. You certainly wouldn’t trifle with Ariana Grande.

She speaks with the smooth, adjective-heavy confidence of many young stars. Indeed, she graduated from a similar tween finishing school to the Disney alumna Miley Cyrus – two Nickelodeon TV programmes, Victorious and Sam & Cat, ensured the inevitable pop career had a ready-made fan base. Unlike Miley, Grande courts no such wanton controversy. But they do have much in common, not least their age and their hypoglycaemia. Grande didn’t know that Cyrus also has the condition and says that her low blood-sugar levels have improved since she went vegan. Having interviewed Cyrus, I tell her that, in conversation, they share a similarly speedy speaking style and sparky manner.

‘I love her so much,’ Grande beams. ‘She’s a beautiful soul.’

Does she think Cyrus is transitioning well from her teen career to the adult world?

‘Absolutely. She’s so authentic, and so unapologetic,’ she says of Cyrus, who has been open about her love of marijuana and who recently stepped out during New York Fashion Week in little more than nipple pasties. ‘It’s great. She’s so happy. That’s something to be celebrated. People get mad at her for being herself. But she’s happy. And they,’ she adds pointedly, ‘are probably not.’

Grande’s own transition has not been without its bumps. Her Sam & Cat co-star Jennette McCurdy landed a few barely veiled petty shots at the ambitious Grande after the show’s cancellation this summer. Musically, the recording of her debut album, 2013’s Yours Truly, was a drawn-out process as she searched for her sound. She found her groove with this year’s My Everything, which gave her a second number-one album within 12 months (something not achieved in the US since Susan Boyle in 2010), but with this grown-up sound came issues about her new, matching style.

An example? ‘Well, I posed in a cute outfit with some kitty ears on and with my middle finger flipped up and posted it on my fan page,’ she says. (Unlike a lot of pop stars, Grande takes personal responsibility for her social media accounts.) ‘And my fans were like, “YES GIRL! OK!” A lot of my fans have grown up with me. But at the same time, a lot of people were like, “She’s changing! What’s happened to you?” I’m like, “It’s just a pic, y’all. I’m still the same old me. I’m just posing in a cute way!” A lot of people go ape over one photo.’ She shrugs. ‘But it’s just a photo. I’m still the same person I’ve been since I was four years old. Literally. Obviously, I’m a mature adult. But I’m still the same girl. I’m still Ariana from Boca who loves musical theatre, who loves her family, who loves the beach, who loves animals.’

Ariana Grande grew up in the upwardly mobile Floridian coastal town Boca Raton. ‘I adored and worshipped my brother, Frankie, as a little girl – everything he did was cool,’ she says. Her half-brother is a seasoned Broadway performer who recently appeared on the US version of Big Brother. ‘He’s 10 years older than me – he would kill me for saying that! But once Frankie got into acting in musical theatre and dancing, I was like, “OK, I guess that’s the cool thing now, so let’s investigate and watch old musicals.” My friends and I were huge musical-theatre geeks and we would go back and forth to New York whenever we had free weekends.’

Grande joined the local Little Palm Family Theatre. Aged eight, she landed the title role in a production of Annie. ‘I was so young, and my mom didn’t want to leave me at the rehearsals alone,’ she says. ‘But you weren’t allowed to have your parents there unless they were in the show. So my mom auditioned, which was the funniest thing that’s ever happened in the history of the world! Because my mom is a CEO, she has her own companies, her own full schedule.’ Joan Grande runs Hose-McCann Communications, a company established by Grande’s maternal grandfather. ‘They design and manufacture the Marines’ communication equipment – like, [for] the Army and the Navy,’ Grande says proudly.

Joan duly won a part in the show. ‘She was Daddy Warbucks’ maid,’ Grande says, laughing. ‘She had to wear a French maid’s outfit and use a broom. She was like, “I have no idea what I’m doing right now… but anything for my daughter.” ’

In retrospect, Grande can see that her enthusiasm for the stage was a response to family upheaval: her mother and father, Edward Butera, a successful graphic designer, broke up at about that time. Today, her mother lives close by in Beverly Hills but is committed to running her businesses. The management of her daughter’s career is left in the hands of Braun. ‘He’s like a stepdad,’ Grande says approvingly. Her father, meanwhile, is still in Florida. ‘I barely see him, but when I do it’s very pleasant. I love my dad.’

‘That was very hard as a young girl when my parents got divorced,’ she says, her natural volubility dipping only slightly. ‘Being in the middle of it was so stressful. And of course being made up of both of them – I was like, “Hey, if they both dislike each other’s attributes so much, what am I to like about me? I’m made from these two people and I’m caught in the middle of all this fighting.” It was traumatic. Between the ages of eight and 11, that was the roughest for me.’

Was musical theatre her refuge?

‘Oh absolutely! Like, “Take me away from home.” I remember saying, “Mommy, I never want this to end.” I loved playing a character as it was sort of just taking a vacation from myself.’

At the age of 14, she was living in New York with her mother and her brother, having scored a role in a Broadway children’s musical called 13. When she was 15, they moved to LA, where Grande won a role in the chirpy sitcom Victorious. But she concedes that she found ‘straight’ acting, and the celebrity that went with it, far from wholly fulfilling. ‘I was adjusting to these new things – red carpets, and people wanting pictures with me, and people taking pictures of me when I didn’t know they were being taken,’ she says. ‘There was a lot of weird superficial nonsense that sprouted from it that I definitely wasn’t used to. It was very weird. I just really liked performing.’ When she was 17, her wish came true: she signed a record deal.

The day of our meeting is October 1. Earlier, Grande tweeted to her 19.3 million followers (to put that number in context, Cyrus has only 18.6 million), ‘Happy first day of the best month of the year.’ Hallowe’en is around the corner, she explains. ‘I love all things dark and macabre and scary. That’s why I love this time of year so much.’

Her earliest passion was Jaws. When she was ‘two or three’ she had a birthday party themed on the film. Had she actually seen it? ‘Of course!’ she says, beaming. ‘Oh my God, that and Jurassic Park were my favourites. I loved it.’

Did she expect her pre-school friends to arrive at the party with, say, shark fins on their back?

‘No, I expected them to just come ready to watch the movie,

I guess. It was so funny – I ended up alone by the end of the party. All the parents were like [forced jollity], “We’re gonna go, but thank you so much…”  ’

She insists that her mother wasn’t concerned by her infant daughter’s enthusiasms. ‘She was like, “Yeah, my kid is rad!” ’ In fact, Grande credits Joan with inspiring her dark tastes.

‘I’ve never seen her wear anything but black,’ she says. ‘She says it’s a part of who she is. A psychic she saw when she was younger told her that black was her colour. So she really decided to run with that one, I guess!’

Grande was raised a Catholic, but in adolescence began questioning her faith out of love and support for her brother, who is gay. ‘When my brother was told that God didn’t love him I was like, “OK, that’s not cool.” They were building a Kabbalah centre in Florida so we both checked it out and really had a connection with it.’

The Kabbalah movement – Madonna is its most high-profile adherent – ‘sort of stuck with me. And since then my life has unfolded in a really beautiful way, and I think that it has a lot to do with the tools I’ve learnt through Kabbalah, I really do.’

Asked to explain those tools she is hesitant, not to say bashful. But eventually she says that ‘you have to watch your intentions, make sure you’re not giving in to your ego. You have to numb your reactive state. You have the power to change your reality,’ she says, clapping her hands together. ‘You have to take a second and breathe and reassess how you want to approach or react to a situation or approach an obstacle, or deal with a negative person in your space. That takes a lot of self-control and practice and, I guess, willpower,’ she concludes with an embarrassed laugh.

Does her love of horror – and reported belief in demons – co­exist with her spirituality?

‘Um, it does in my world,’ she says, smiling. ‘Do I believe in demons? I believe in unexplained energies.’

Those ‘tools’ have been tested recently. Grande is keen to fend off manipulation by an industry that does all it can to hypersexualise its young female talents. She is also aware of the responsibility that comes with her profile. ‘To me the idea of being a role model is just being yourself,’ she says. ‘And being unapologetically yourself, whatever that means. Whether that’s just me simply dressing sexier on some days and more conservatively on other days because that’s how I wake up feeling, I believe in authenticity.’

And should any record label executive or video director try to force her into a particular role?

‘I will never succumb to that,’ she shoots back. ‘And I think that’s because of my mother, and because of my family. I come from a strong, loud Italian family. We don’t take shit from anybody. But as somebody who’s also very sensitive and likes to please people, it’s conflicting for me,’ she admits. ‘Because a lot of the time I like to say, “OK! If you say so!” ’

This people-pleasing side goes against the recent tabloid narrative that enjoys painting Grande as a precocious ‘diva’. I certainly see no sign of it. Despite the (actually rather cool) love of ‘all things sci-fi and scary’, she appears too straight to wobble.

‘Spiritual enlightenment and self-protection are more effective than drugs and alcohol, I feel,’ Grande states, almost as if by rote. She also concedes that her ‘minuscule’ frame means ‘I can’t have much alcohol without becoming very, very silly’.

And she certainly seems determined to value her fans. After that wee-hours New York gay-bar gig, she returned home to her apartment to find ‘30 kids outside’. Rather than be freaked out, ‘I took them all down into my garage and we took pics and had fun. They’re really great.’

But she is aware of the reports of demanding behaviour. ‘It’s funny how a certain amount of success comes with a certain amount of weird, inaccurate depictions of you,’ she says. ‘But I feel like it will die down because it’s not something that I pay into. And also things can only last so long when there’s little truth to them. So that’s why I don’t trip over it.’

‘It’s weird to me,’ she continues, ‘because I do see myself as a fairly positive, very friendly person. So it’s kind of odd. I also think a lot of people don’t know what the word “diva” means. If you want to call me a diva I’ll say, “Um, well, cool.” Barbra Streisand is a diva; that’s amazing. Celine Dion is a diva; thank you. But if you want to call me a bitch, that’s not accurate. Because it’s just not in my nature.’

So Ariana Grande, buoyed by success, family, faith and fans, is focusing on the positives. Those include her first run of international concerts, the Honeymoon Tour, which starts in February. And they include her personal life. Is it true that she is dating Sean Anderson, aka Big Sean, the uncredited whisperer on Problem and duet partner on the current album track Best Mistake?

There is the briefest pause – neither party has publicly confirmed their relationship – before she replies, ‘Yes. He is one of the most amazing men in the whole world, and that includes my grandfather and my brother. I think the world of him, and he’s an amazing person. That’s kind of all there is to it.’ Then her face flushes and she flings herself down on the couch, burying her face in a cushion. It’s a lovely, and real, reaction. The pop cultural phenomenon Ariana Grande is, still, just a girl.

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Ariana Grande confirms relationship with Big Sean

Pop star Ariana Grande has publicly confirmed her relationship with hip hop artist Big Sean for the first time. In an exclusive interview with the Telegraph Magazine, Grande was asked if it’s true that she is dating Sean Anderson, ASKA Big Sean. ‘Yes,’ replied the 21-year-old. ‘He is one of the most amazing men in the whole world, and that includes my grandfather and my brother. I think the world of him, and he’s an amazing person. That’s kind of all there is to it.’

The pair have been linked since the 26-year-old Anderson contributed to Grande’s second album My Everything. He is a featured artist on album track Best Mistake and stars as the uncredited ‘whisperer’ on the pop star’s breakthrough single Problem. Grande recently became the first female solo artist in the United States to achieve two number one albums within 12 months since 2010 and made UK chart history in July when Problem became the first song to reach number one single based on sales and streaming. Anderson, from Detroit, Michigan, has recorded two studio albums as Big Sean and was engaged to Glee actress and singer Naya Rivera until April of this year.

Elsewhere in the interview, the former Nickelodeon child star combats recent tabloid reports painting her as a precocious ‘diva’, defends controversrial contemporary (and Beverly Hill next-door neighbour) Miley Cyrus and details her love for ‘all things sci-fi and scary’.

The full interview with Grande will be available online on Tuesday 14 October and she appears on the Telegraph Magazine’s cover the following Saturday.

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Ariana Grande explains Big Sean rumours with Ryan Seacrest

Like her music,  Ariana Grande is inescapable.

The pop princess currently has three singles dominating the airwaves, she performed two songs at the MTV Video Music Awards, walked away with a Moon Man for Best Pop Video for “Problem” with Iggy Azalea, and on Monday, the 21-year-old finally released her highly-anticipated album, My Everything.

Though her sophomore LP is projected to rule the charts its opening week, the world-at-large is still buzzing about her VMAs marathon, in which she opened the proceedings with “Break Free” by emerging from a spaceship, and concluded with “Bang Bang” alongside Jessie J and Nicki Minaj, who was clutching onto her noncompliant dress.

As Nicki’s ill-fated costume change continues to be a widely discussed keynote from the trifecta’s performance, On Air with Ryan Seacrest spoke to the former Nickelodeon star to get her opinion on the rapper’s major wardrobe malfunction.

“I don’t care. That was amazing. She’s such a pro for coming on, holding her [stuff] together like that and just, like, living and rapping and keeping it together. That was amazing,” Ariana praised. “I thought she did incredibly well, especially given the circumstance.

Knee-high boots and skimpy rompers were also the stars of Ariana’s back-to-back spectacles. If you’re having trouble reading between her new wardrobe and lyrics, the former Nickelodeon star is making — if she hasn’t already — a transition from her childhood career to a full-blown mature pop star. The passage isn’t always a successful attempt, so Ryan questioned the songstress how she effortlessly crossed over.

“I don’t really know. I mean, I’ve just been so focused on music. I really feel like focusing on the music and really, like, letting the music tell my story, and introducing myself with music, and letting that be the statement sort of was it, I guess,” she said. “I wanted people to be talking about the music not anything else.”

Her My Everything record is in fact powered by tracks that introduce a coming of age. Ariana’s ballads “My Everything” and “Best Mistake” — which she revealed are her “two favorites” on the album — boasts mature relationship troubles and adult ambitions. In the interview, the pop-soul singer also said that fans can get their hands on remixes and exclusives that aren’t available with the iTunes copy by downloading the free messaging Line app.

Listen to the interview below!

Ariana Grande’s livestream on Power 106 FM

For the first day of release of the album ‘My Everything’, the singer decided to go to the Power 106 FM where she spoke with radio host Yesi Ortiz and Felli Fel DJ and performed the “launch” of the album on the radio.

During the chat, Ariana talked about her performance at the VMAs last night. She said she most enjoyed her performance of “Bang Bang” than the “Break Free” one, besides mentioning that after she went home to rest and celebrate good performances and victory with her friends and family.

Several songs (Only one, Too Close, Love Me Harder, Hands On Me, Why Try, Break Free, Best Mistake, One Last Time, Break Your Heart Right Back and Be My Baby) from her new album were played. She talked about each of them, commenting on the partnership, with The Weeknd and Zedd.

At 35:00, they talk about zodiac signs. Ariana says that she is the sign of cancer, which she said is more compatible with pisces. The DJ asks about Big Sean’s pisces and she ignores the question. She has also confirmed that there are more partnerships with the rapper recorded. In the end, Ariana makes a drink with Yesi and is congratulated by the release of her CD.

Watch the full lifestream below!

 

Ariana Grande’s Interviews for ExtraTV + MusikDK

On August 18th, MusikDK published an interview granted to the channel MusikDK, where Ariana is talking about her new album My Everything . The singer also commented on the recording Streaming iHeartRadio Concert, and the worldwide success of “Problem” and on “Break Free”. Check out the video below:

On the following day, “Extra’s” Mario Lopez sat down exclusively with Ariana Grande after he hosted a release party for her album “My Everything” on the Honda Stage at the iHeartRadio theater in Burbank. Ariana saying there’s more collaborations with Big Sean that her fans “haven’t even heard yet.” The singer also shared the important advice her grandfather gave her.

Over the past 6 months

“The later, I think, six months have been very very exciting. I’ve been working on this album for a while and release it now is something beyond measure, I feel like everything is out of place, with a certain kind of ease and charm. And I think that’s how it should be. “

About working with Big Sean

“Yup! I mean, I love working with him. We have made several songs together. We even have some that you have not heard yet. […] I love making music with him. He is very talented. “

On the advice of his grandfather Frank

“I always … Recently, I have thought of everything that my grandfather told me his whole life, obviously. And he told me that in his work area, even being different from mine, he was always on top in the game, and people were mean to him here and there, trying to bring him down … he told me I’d be in the same situation. He said: ‘Bonequinha, keep your chin up, keep moving on and singing, and that is, focus on the good things. You are surrounded by love, protected by love, you are blessed to do what you do, never let those things you waver.’ That were his counsel, everything. “

 

PREMIERE: Ariana Grande- Best Mistake (feat. Big Sean)

On August 7th, Ariana posted a 15 second snippet of ‘Best Mistake’, but it is officially out now! The song features hip-hop/R&B superstar Big Sean. It is the 4th single off of her upcoming album ‘My Everything’, which is set to be released on August 25th, 2014.

What do you think about the new song? Tell us on Twitter @ArianaTodayNet

 

TEASER: Ariana Grande – Best Mistake (feat. Big Sean)

Ariana Grande has just released a teaser for her duet with Big Sean called ‘Best Mistake’. She posted a video on Instagram filming the sky with the song in the background. This song will be the 3rd single off of Ariana Grande’s sophomore album ‘My Everything’. Watch and listen to the teaser below!

Ariana Grande Performs at New Years Rockin’ Eve

Ariana Grande performed on Dick Clark’s New Years Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2014 in at Time Square in New York City.

Her performance was pre-recorded, so she didn’t perform live because she’s in Japan. She performed her 2 hit songs The Way and Right There with Mac Miller and Big Sean joining her.

Check out the UHQ photos and videos of the performance below!

THE WAY (with Mac Miller)

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RIGHT THERE (with Big Sean)

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