Ariana Grande has spoken candidly about depression and anxiety after cancelling meet-and-greets on her Sweetener world tour.
Ariana Grande is unstoppable at the moment. The musician recently picked up Artist of the Year at this year’s VMAs. She was unable to attend the ceremony because she was too busy performing at Manchester Pride. And that was part of her hugely popular Sweetener world tour.
Following the Manchester attacks, which happened at one of her gigs two years ago, Grande has also become an advocate for speaking openly and honestly about mental health and self-care. And we, along with her fans, absoutely love her for it.
In an email sent out to fans on Friday (30 August) ahead of a tour performance in Antwerp, Belgium, she wrote:
“Hi my loves. Time for some honesty.
“My anxiety and depression 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. After a handful of panic attacks, I feel like the wisest decision would be not to do sound check party or m&g today and preserve my energy for the show. I don’t want to rush through our time together or seem shaky. 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 continued: “Anybody that had m&g or soundcheck will of course be fully reimbursed for this cancellation. I love you all. I’m so sorry.
“I promise I will give you the best show I can.”
Grande is due to perform in Germany on Sunday (1 September) but it’s not yet known if she’ll be doing the meet-and-greets there. She has taken to Twitter to say: “I’ll give u all I have n nothing less I promise.”
Fans have greeted the news and tweet with words of support, proving that it is 100% OK for Grande to do what she needs to in order to protect her mental health.