Ariana Grande in V Magazine: “My Fans Know That I’m A Nice Girl”

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Ariana Grande opens up about going vegan, being compared to Mariah Carey, what she’s learned from Beyonce and Madonna, and how she’s facing down haters in a new V magazine interview.

The singer says she changed her diet after watching the documentary Forks Over Knives.

“In America, almost everybody thinks you need to have meat for protein. Protein, protein, protein!” says Grande. “And what’s in dairy? Calcium, calcium, calcium. It’s those kinds of proteins that latch onto the insides of your bloodstream and make it easier for you to have a heart attack.”

She continues, “Look, cows produce milk with nutrients for cows. Maybe that’s why Americans end up looking like cows!… Ultimately, no one wants cow t*t pus in their food, do they?”

Asked about the Carey comparisons, Grande explains, “I mean, it’s a huge compliment, But when you hear my entire album, you’ll see that Mariah’s sound is much different than mine.”

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In fact, she credits Beyonce with showing her how to grow as an artist.

“That’s where I discovered my range. I grew up listening to Destiny’s Child. I would try so hard to mimic all Beyoncé’s little runs and ad-lib things,” she says. “They are so precise. It’s like math.”

And Grande learned how to handle the spotlight from Madonna.

“She is my idol as far as attitude,” the performer tells V. “I just love how she stands up for what she believes in and surprises people by not eff-ing up when they want her to so badly.

Later, Grande remarks, “Know what I love the most about Madonna? When a bad review came out, she was the first person to say ‘F*ck you.’ When someone said she sounded like Minnie Mouse, she crawled into bed naked except for Minnie Mouse ears. It’s such a good attitude to have. It’s inspiring to me because there are times when I think I’ve been a weak, people-pleasing little mouse my whole life.”

And she’s trying to get tough.

“That’s what I am learning right now, that I have to become stronger in this industry,” explains Grande. “I’ve learned over the past year that you don’t have time to chase after every person who doesn’t understand you. The people that know me know that I’m a nice girl. My fans know that I’m a nice girl. My friends know that I’m a nice girl. And ultimately, that’s all that matters.”

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