Kenneth WillardtBefore her grandfather passed away last week, Ariana Grande expressed in an interview with Seventeen magazine how much he meant to her.
Speaking with Seventeen for its September issue, Ariana said that insecurity “has been the hardest thing” she’s had to overcome. She said that in order to get past the insecurity she feels, she focuses on “what’s important.”
The 21-year-old “Problem” singer continued, “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.”
Ariana has since released a statement, via Seventeen, regarding her comments. She said, “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.”
Elsewhere in the interview, Ariana revealed that the toughest thing she’s had to deal with during her life is her falling out of touch with her father. She said, “It’s private, but it happened last year. It took me so long to be okay with it.”
She added, “The thing that got me there was embracing the fact that 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.”
The September issue of Seventeen, featuring Ariana on the cover, hits newsstands on August 5.
Ariana is featured on what is currently the number-one song on the iTunes chart, her just-released collaboration with Jessie J and Nicki Minaj, “Bang Bang.”
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