Ariana Grande: I Was “Too Sexual” At 14

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Ariana Grande Marie Claire October 2014

By Michael Lewittes

Ariana Grande Marie Claire October 2014

(Marie Claire)

Ariana Grande reveals that she always wanted to be an R&B singer, but when she was a young teen writing song lyrics that were deemed “too sexual,” she found herself hiding behind her ditzy Nickelodeon character, Cat Valentine.

“People liked her and they accepted her and they thought that I was like her,” she recalls of her breakout role. “So I used to pretend to be a little more like her than I actually was.”

While starring on “Victorious,” Grande would film during the day and then hit the recording studio at night to work on her first first album, “Yours Truly,” which was released last year.

“I was 14 years old and ready to make an R&B album,” she says in the October 2014 issue of Marie Claire. “I was like, ‘Where is that Mary J. Blige collab? Where is that Natasha Bedingfield writing session? Where is my session with India.Arie? I’m ready. Let’s go.’”

The “Bang Bang” singer notes, “I wrote this song called ‘Higher,’ and the lyrics were too sexual, too mature. And my mom was like, ‘This is a great song, but damn, you’re too young for this.’”

Grande pulled away from her Nickelodeon persona for her first single, “Put Your Hearts Up,” which didn’t go over well with her fans.

“I was like, ‘Guys, there has to be a really distinct difference between me and my character,'” she says. “And we did that with ‘The Way.’ I dyed my hair back to brown. I made out with a rapper in the video. I made the point I wanted to make.”

She adds, “And I was excited to do so after so many years of pretending to be somebody else in front of a lot of people.”

The pop star also recalls getting into her first car accident, while visiting her rumored boyfriend.

“I was driving to Big Sean’s house on those windy hills in L.A. It was my first time going up those hills so I was going like 12 miles per hour,” she says. “This lady was whipping around the corner, and I came to a complete stop so she bumped me really hard — the whole front of my Range Rover was wrecked.”

Grande explains, “She jumped out and was like, ‘Sweetie, it’s okay, it’s totally fine. What do you do?’ I was like, ‘I’m a singer.’ And she was like, ‘Oh, I think I broke my leg.’ And I was like, ‘I mean, I make jewelry.'”

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