Ariana Grande: I Don’t Talk To My Dad
Ariana Grande opens up about her relationship with her late grandfather — and being estranged from her dad — in the September issue of Seventeen.
Grande, who completed the interview before her grandfather’s passing, shares that he boosted her confidence growing up because, “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.”
As for her relationship with her father, Grande reveals that “falling out of touch with my dad” has been extremely hard.
She tells the magazine, “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,” explains Grande. “I had to accept that it’s okay not to get along with somebody and still love them.”
Grande also admits that she has struggled with insecurity for a long time.
She says, “It’s tough to spend some of the most important years of your life in front of so many strangers who want to pick you apart. Insecurity has been the hardest thing I’ve had to overcome. I think everyone my age struggles with that because everyone strives for approval and wants to feel loved.”
And while Grande realizes that “everybody has certain things that make them feel insecure” and “there are still things that will upset you and break your heart,” she also feels “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.”
What do you think about what Grande has to say?