The singer urged her fans to seek help if and when they need it.
By any yardstick you choose to measure it, Ariana Grande has had an incredibly tough year.
The singer was at the centre of the Manchester terrorist attack, endured the recent and tragic death of her ex-boyfriend Mac Miller and then found herself in the eye of a very public relationship storm in which she dated, became engaged and then broke off that engagement to comedian Pete Davidson all in the space of about five months. All this, plus the fact that the 25-year-old has endured endless social and tabloid media scrutiny, particularly after the death of Mac Miller.
So when a fan joked on Twitter about Ariana’s seemingly flawless response to her breakup to Davidson - snappy clapbacks, releasing a sly, sensual breakup anthem Thank You, Next yesterday - Ariana had to respond and set the record straight.
“Who is ariana’s therapist and are they accepting new clients,” the fan joked, to which Ariana responded: “lmaoaoo this is funny as f*ck but in all honesty therapy has saved my life so many times. if you’re afraid to ask for help, don’t be.”
“u don’t have to be in constant pain & u can process trauma,” she added. “i’ve got a lot of work to do but it’s a start to even be aware that it’s possible.”
The singer has always been upfront about the landscape of her own mental health. In the wake of the Manchester bombings at her concert that killed 22 people, Ariana revealed the extent of her crippling anxiety and PTSD.
“It’s hard to talk about because so many people have suffered such severe, tremendous loss … I feel like I shouldn’t even be talking about my own experience – like I shouldn’t even say anything. I don’t think I’ll ever know how to talk about it and not cry,” she told British Vogue earlier this year.
“I think a lot of people have anxiety, especially right now … My anxiety has anxiety … I’ve always had anxiety. I’ve never really spoken about it because I thought everyone had it, but when I got home from tour [in September 2017] it was the most severe I think it’s ever been.”
After Grande tweeted this PSA about mental health late last night, fans flooded her timeline with emotional messages of gratefulness.
Ariana’s message is a powerful one. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Don’t believe that pain is a part of life. It is possible to heal and recover from trauma, but you might need help to do so, and there’s absolutely no shame in that.
Therapy saves lives. After all, it saved Ariana’s.