Pop princess Ariana Grande covers Seventeen magazine’s September 2014 issue where she opens up about her life. Ariana’s beloved grandfather passed away a few days ago and she talks about the love she had for him. She also opens up about her father who she has become estranged with and how hard it is to grow up in the spotlight.
On growing up in the spotlight: “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.”
On getting over her insecurities: “I focus on what’s important. My grandpa is sick, so I focus on him every day. I’m having the biggest song of my career so far, and all I can think about is my grandpa, because that’s what’s important to me.” – This interview took place before Ariana’s grandfather passed. She added later, “This interview took place before I lost my grandfather. Reading it back now is, of course, very hard but I’m so grateful that I spoke briefly about some of the wisdom he shared with me in this interview. I hope the Seventeen readers find it helpful and can relate.”
On the toughest thing she’s dealt with: “Falling out of touch with my dad. 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 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. I had to accept that it’s okay not to get along with somebody and still love them.”
Is it just me, or do you want to just hug Ariana everytime you see her? She’s just so precious!
For more on Ariana, head over to Seventeen Magazine