Global pop superstar Ariana Grande appears on the cover of Elle‘s August issue and is the star of the magazine’s cover story, which was conducted before her whirlwind engagement to Pete Davidson, but instead shedding light into aspects of her life that we likely would have never known.
Read on below covering a few takeaways from the interview, and for the full story, head on over to Elle.
On her perspective in life, after watching a lot of Planet Earth.
“The planets, the stars, there’s nothing more humbling than that shit. We get so stressed about little things when, in the big picture, we’re just a speck of dust on this tiny planet in this enormous solar system that is also a speck in a huge, mysterious black hole situation, and we don’t even know what it is!… Thinking about how small we are, it’s crazy. We are nothing.”
On being in therapy for more than 10 years, since around the time her parents divorced.
“It’s work. I’m a 25-year-old woman. But I’ve also spent the past handful of years growing up under very extraordinary circumstances. And I know how that story goes.”
On her thoughts on how divided the nation is currently, and her call to action.
“Everyone has to have uncomfortable conversations with their relatives. Instead of unfriending people on Facebook who share different political views, comment! Have a conversation! Try to spread the fucking light.”
On becoming something of a feminist hero for her ability to shut down sexism and misogyny with a single tweet.
“How absurd that you minimize female self-respect and self-worth by saying someone should stay in a toxic relationship,” she wrote. “Shaming/blaming women for a man’s inability to keep his shit together is a very major problem…please stop doing that.”
On communicating to her fans through her hair(as seen on the Elle photoshoot).
“I’ve never thought about it that way, but maybe there is a telepathic connection there.” Adding, her favorite pony is “the high, sleek, dark one. But she takes many forms. Many forms. There are lots of different girls in this sisterhood.”
On being sly and mischievous in a jokeful way.
“It’s the Italian thing; we have the dark humor.”
On the UK terrorist attack that claimed 22 lives, injuring 500 more, at the sold-out Manchester show.
Ariana is still sensitive talking about it but says, “When I got home from tour, I had really wild dizzy spells, this feeling like I couldn’t breathe, I would be in a good mood, fine and happy, and they would hit me out of nowhere. I’ve always had anxiety, but it had never been physical before. There were a couple of months straight where I felt so upside down.” She shared the experience with Pharrell Williams, and together they created “Get Well Soon,” the final track on Sweetener.
Adding, “You hear about these things, you see it on the news, you tweet the hashtag. It’s happened before, and it’ll happen again. It makes you sad, you think about it for a little, and then people move on. But experiencing something like that firsthand, you think of everything differently.… Everything is different.” Getting back onstage was “terrifying.”
On crediting her fans as being her primary source of courage to performing again for the One Love Manchester concert.
“It’s the most inspiring thing in the world that these kids pack the venue. Hate will never win. Why would I second-guess getting on a fucking stage and being there for them? That city, and their response? That changed my life.”
On receiving backlash for her anti-Trumpism, gun reform and Black Lives Matter movement.
“Of course! There’s a lot of noise when you say anything about anything. But if I’m not going to say it, what’s the fucking point of being here? Not everyone is going to agree with you, but that doesn’t mean I’m just going to shut up and sing my songs. I’m also going to be a human being who cares about other human beings; to be an ally and use my privilege to help educate people.”
For more, watch Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj share a sultry new video for “Bed.”