Ariana Grande: 5 Things We Learned From Her 'Vogue' Interview
From Mac Miller's death to the Manchester bombing that took the lives of several of her fans, Ariana Grande left no stone unturned in her feature for 'Vogue'.
Over the past few years, Ariana Grande has undergone extreme highs and lows that most of us would barely see in one lifetime.
There's been terror, death, love, extreme heartbreak and major success, and yet throughout it all, the pint-sized powerhouse has cleared every hurdle with grace and resilience -- even dropping an impressive two albums during this time.
Appearing as Vogue's August cover star, alongside her pup Toulouse, the 26-year-old opened up about everything that's happened in her world, from her relationships to her fans and her family.
Here are the biggest revelations the "thank u, next" star opened up about in the candid interview.
She broke down several times during her interview
It's no secret that the singer is still healing emotionally from several heartbreaking events occurring over the space of a few years, as is evident from the number of times the star has broken down in tears while performing throughout her current tour.
Even in her Vogue interview, the writer notes that Ari became emotional just nine minutes into their chat when discussing the fact that Coachella had reminded her of her late ex, Mac Miller, and later when discussing the Manchester bombing.
“I never thought I’d even go to Coachella,” she explained. “... But the first time I went was to see Malcolm [Mac Miller] perform, and it was such an incredible experience. I went the second year as well, and I associate... heavily... it was just kind of a mindf**k, processing how much has happened in such a brief period.”
She doesn't believe the Manchester bombings are "her trauma"
In May 2017, after wrapping her concert in Manchester, U.K., a suicide bomber killed 22 people who had attended Ariana's show and injured many more.
Following the unspeakable tragedy, Ari organised a star-studded concert called 'One Love Manchester', which would go on to raise a whopping $13 million for the victims and their families.
Speaking of the horrific event, she told Vogue, “It’s not my trauma. It’s those families. It’s their losses, and so it’s hard to just let it all out without thinking about them reading this and reopening the memory for them.”
She added, “I’m proud that we were able to raise a lot of money with the intention of giving people a feeling of love or unity, but at the end of the day, it didn’t bring anyone back."
Mac Miller's substance abuse issues were what lead to their relationship breakdown
In May 2018, Ari made headlines when she clapped backed at a Twitter user who blamed her for Mac Miller's drunk driving arrest, replying, “shaming and blaming a woman for a man’s inability to keep his s**t together is a very major problem. let’s please stop doing that.”
Reflecting on her reaction, the star told Vogue that the tweet came from “a place of complete defeat”.
"People don't see any of the real stuff that happens, so they are loud about what they think happened," she said. "They didn't see the years of work and fighting and trying, or the love and exhaustion."
When Miller was found dead in a hotel room from an accidental overdose of fentanyl, cocaine and alcohol in September 2018, Grande said the grief was "all-consuming," adding, "he didn’t deserve the demons he had".
Pete Davidson was "an amazing distraction"
Meeting Pete Davidson last May, the pair became engaged within a month of dating, with both getting a slew of ink to commemorate their love for each other.
"It was an amazing distraction," she said. "It was frivolous and fun and insane and highly unrealistic, and I loved him, and I didn't know him."
The whirlwind romance would soon prove to be just that, with the pair calling it quits in September -- soon after the death of Ari's longtime ex Mac Miller.
She doesn't really remember making her album 'thank u, next'
Following Miller's death and breakup with Davidson, Ari was understandably in an emotional place. Throwing herself into creating music, she admitted, "I don’t remember those months of my life because I was (a) so drunk and (b) so sad."
She added, "I don’t really remember how it started or how it finished, or how all of a sudden there were 10 songs on the board."
Image: Getty Images.