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Ariana Grande is opening up on a very private topic in her life —her estrangement from her father. In her new Seventeen interview the “Problem” singer reveals she’s had a ‘falling out’ with her father. “Falling out of touch with my dad. It’s private, but it happened last year. It took me so long to be okay with it. The thing that got me there was embracing the fact that that I am made up of half my dad, and a lot of my traits come from him. So much of me comes from my father, and for so long, I didn’t like that about myself. I had to accept that it’s okay not to get along with somebody and still love them.”
On Overcoming Her Insecurities
“Everybody has certain things that make them feel insecure. Even when you overcome a huge battle in your life and you make a ton of progress as a person, there are still things that will upset you and break your heart. But I feel like I’m at a point in my life where love is the most important thing, and I won’t let anything come before it.”
On How Her Grandfather Influenced Her Growing Up
“He was like, ‘you’re a star, I know in my heart you’re going to make this family so proud. You’re a blessing.’ And I was like, oh my god, and started crying, and I trusted it.”
In the issue, out August 5th, Ariana talks a lot about her grandfather, who sadly passed after we went to press. She told us: “This interview took place before I lost my grandfather. Reading it back now is of course very hard, but I’m so grateful that I spoke briefly about some of the wisdom he shared with me in this interview. I hope Seventeen readers find it helpful and can relate.”
The Biggest Lesson She’s Learned In The Past Few Years
“Being okay with not having the answers to everything. I feel like for the first time in my life, I’m really okay. I used to freak out about everything all the time. I used to be like, ‘Oh my God, somebody said this!’ Everything used to be such a big deal! But now, I feel I can handle everything that comes my way with a calm energy.”
And just in case you missed it, Ariana is featured on Jessie J’s new song, bang Bang also featuring Nicki Minaj.