Ariana Grande went on tour during the most truly challenging times of her life. With her long term boyfriend Mac Miller passing away and breaking off her engagement with Pete Davidson, she’s suffered some major losses in just one year. And she’s been open and honest with her fans from the start about her grief. Yet somehow, the 26 year old mega star is handling her losses with absolute grace.
Her album Thank you, next and Sweetener have offered far more than booty shaking jams (although we’re living for those bops). Her albums emerge from a time of grief, change and courage. So obvs some songs are hard for her to perform. And it’s easy to forget the “thank you, next” star has been through heaps of damage in the past two years, given her chart topping hits.
However, Grande has been breaking down in tears during many of her shows while on tour. And after a few incidents of tear jerking performances, she took to Instagram to openly talk about why she’s been struggling during some of her songs.
“i feel everything very intensely and have committed to doing this tour during a time in my life when i’m still processing a lot … so sometimes i cry a lot! i thank you for accepting my humanness,” said Grande.
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tour is wild. life is wild. i’m grateful for the sea of love i have around me everyday and for the people who come to these shows and give all of us every ounce of energy they’ve got. i’m grateful to work with the best musicians and dancers in the world. i’m grateful for my voice and my team. i’m grateful for this music. i’m grateful for my tour bus driver, Kurt who bought me pickles yesterday because he saw we ran out. i’m grateful for the opportunity to sing to thousands of people every night. it’s a dream come true. no matter how hard it gets or how many feelings come up that are screaming at me to be processed and sorted through one day, i’m grounded by gratitude and promise not to give up on what i’ve started. i feel everything very intensely and have committed to doing this tour during a time in my life when i’m still processing a lot … so sometimes i cry a lot! i thank you for accepting my humanness. i’m not sure what i did to deserve to meet so many loving souls every night / to feel so much love, but i want you to know that it really does carry me through. i feel it and i appreciate it. and all of you so much. i’m sharing this because i’m grateful and because i want you to know that if you too are hurting, you can push through and are not alone. it is hard to balance taking care of the people around you, doing your job, and healing / taking care of yourself at the same time… but i want you to know, you aren’t alone and i think you’re doing great. love you.
On Saturday, Grande couldn’t get through R.E.M, a song off her Sweetener album. She called on fans to help her out in finishing the song and continued on with the rest of her performance.
omg i luv her sm i rlly hope she takes this off the setlist if she needs to pic.twitter.com/s5501Aavwd
— blake | alicia stan | saw ffh 🏳️🌈 (@thnkusabrina) July 7, 2019
Given the circumstances, Grande’s fans are actually a bit concerned for her mental health. However, Ariana Grande ensures fans touring is helping her heal. And we all need to remember grief looks different for everyone, and she’s powering through even though she’s always breaking down. It’s just being human.
stop. singing. songs. ur. not happy. w. singing!!!!! we are here for ANYTHING literally ANYTHING. could even be a whole set of u breathing
— pretty squidward (@stariana) May 14, 2019
i will not put myself in harms way. i’m healing thru this experience & happy to be doing it with u by my side. sometimes we have waves of sadness! that’s okay. i’m not afraid of it. love you. these shows have been making me really happy lately , even the tough parts. ☁️☁️☁️
— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) May 14, 2019
She has no plans of stopping her tour. And she’s even headlining Manchester Pride in August, which is pretty remarkable. It’s been just over two years since the terrorist attack that killed 22 people at her Manchester concert.
Ariana Grande is setting an example that you can go through a lot, break down and pick yourself back up. Sadness isn’t weakness. And her strength this year could move mountains.
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