Ariana Grande opens up about how she’s “still healing”

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NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 06: Singer/songwriter Ariana Grande attends the Billboard's 13th Annual Women in Music event at Pier 36 on December 6, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)

“I can’t really fathom all that has happened over the past few years”

Ariana Grande is about to embark on her worldwide Sweetener tour, and she’s revealed that she’s feeling emotional about the prospect.

The singer has had huge success over the past couple of years, including matching a chart record by having the top three singles in America’s Billboard chart at the same time, but she’s also been through a lot.

She revealed at the beginning of 2018 that she was struggling to cope with anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder after a man walked into her Manchester Arena concert in 2017 and detonated a bomb, killing 22 of her fans and injuring more than 500 others.

In May 2018, she released an emotional statement confirming she’d ended a two-year relationship with rapper Mac Miller, and a few months later announced her engagement to Saturday Night Live comedian Pete Davidson.

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In September last year Miller died of a suspected overdose, and weeks later Grande called off her engagement to Davidson.

Ahead of going on tour, Grande posted an emotional message on Instagram, where she revealed that just a few months ago she was having doubts about being ready, despite being excited to see her fans.

“I can’t really fathom all that has happened over the past few years,” she wrote. “I don’t even really know where i’m going with this post but i’m just grateful to be here still. And excited to see you. I’m prolly gonna cry a lot.

“A few months ago I told my team I wasn’t even in an okay enough place to tour or work at all and my friends, you guys and this music really saved my life and turned everything around.”

The thank u, next singer wrote that she is grateful “for my life, for the people in it, for the ups and challenges, for the laughter and the pain, for this music and for the lifelong friendships i’ve made thru making it”.

And although it’s been tough, Grande said she is getting better.

“I’m still healing but I feel a lot lighter as of late and I think this is really going to be such a beautiful time,” she said, before signing off to “go focus on finishing this show for y’all”.

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Sarah Shaffi

Sarah Shaffi is a freelance journalist and editor. She reads more books a week than is healthy, and balances this out with copious amounts of TV. She writes regularly about popular culture, particularly how it reflects and represents society.

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