Ariana Grande feature: Woman on a Mission

“I want everyone to be my friend. I desperately love and want to hug everyone I encounter. Literally I’m like, ‘Wow, I wish everyone would come over for dinner right now and never leave.’ I’ve had that since I was a little girl.”

Ariana Grande has undoubtedly endured more than most these past few years – this bespoke feature looks at how the star channeled her struggles into a chart-topping record, and the places and people where Grande found the strength to bounce back.


[On latest album, Thank U, Next] “I made it with my best friends over the course of a really small period of time, and it kind of saved my life. I don’t think life has ever been as bad as it was when [we started] …It was kind of this super challenging chapter that sucked, and then my friends made it amazing and special… It turned everything around in my life.”

[On her mother] “She’s the most loving and generous mother in the world. She has more energy than a power plant. She’s incredible. My mom is the CEO of a company that designs and manufactures marine radio communication equipment. She works almost exclusively with men and she’s always been able to assert herself. She’s…taught me to be a businesswoman.”

[On the effects of anxiety] “I almost feel guilty that I have it because it’s just in your head and it’s just so crazy how powerful it is. You have ups and downs and sometimes you’ll go weeks at a time where you will be crushing it and there will be no anxiety…and then something will happen that can trigger it and then you have a couple of down days.”

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