Ariana Grande has shared an emotionally powerful response to speculation around her changing body and body shaming she has received from fans.
The chart-topping singer is currently working on the hotly anticipated movie adaptation of stage show Wicked, alongside the likes of Cynthia Erivo and Michelle Yeoh.
Popping onto her TikTok with a message for those who had been commenting on her body recently, the 29-year-old admitted she didn’t like addressing the speculation as she wasn’t ‘good at it’.
However, she was keen to urge her fans to be ‘gentler and less comfortable commenting on people’s bodies, no matter what’.
Talking directly to camera as she held her coffee and wore a crossbody bag and hoodie, ready to leave for work, the Thank U, Next singer began: ‘I don’t do this often, I don’t like it, I’m not good at it, but I just wanted to address your concerns about my body and talk a little bit about what it means to be a person with a body and to be seen and to be paid such close attention to.’
She continued: ‘I think we could be – I think we should be – gentler and less comfortable commenting on people’s bodies, no matter what. If you think you’re saying something good or well-intentioned, whatever it is – healthy, unhealthy, big, small, this, that, sexy, not sexy – we just shouldn’t.’
The acting and singing star reminded her followers that there are ‘ways to compliment someone or ignore something that you see that you don’t like that I think we should help each other work towards’.
She continued her three-minute message by also highlighting that there are ‘many different kinds of beautiful, and ways to look healthy and beautiful’.
Addressing the speculation she’d received, she explained: ‘Personally for me, the body you’ve been comparing my current body to was the unhealthiest version of my body. I was on a lot of antidepressants, and drinking on them, and eating poorly, and at the lowest point of my life when I looked the way you consider ‘my healthy’, but that wasn’t my healthy.
Ariana also shared that she felt she ‘shouldn’t have to explain that’ but hoped that her ‘openness’ and ‘vulnerability’ might encourage some ‘good’ to come out of the situation.
She has previously opened up on the mental health struggles she faced in the wake of her ex-fiancé Mac Miller’s death in 2018.
Urging her fans to be ‘gentle with each other and yourselves’, she reminded her fans that ‘you never know what someone is going through’ and how they could be ‘working on it’ already.
She then added, semi-joking: ‘By the way, I’m not wearing eyelashes or eyeliner right now – this is my face, these are my eyes, so don’t freak out about that now too please, oh my God!’
The singer then ended her address with a positive message to fans that they were beautiful ‘no matter what weight, no matter how you like to do your makeup these days, no matter what cosmetic procedures you’ve had or not, or anything’.
‘I just think you’re beautiful and wanted to share some feelings.’
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