Ariana Grande's "Dark and Deranged" Past: My Mom Thought I Would "Grow Up to Be a Serial Killer"

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She's not that innocent. Well, according to Ariana Grande, at least.

In the latest issue of Billboard magazine, the pint-sized "Problem" crooner says that there's more to her than meets the eye. Though she's grown up in front of our eyes as a Nickelodeon star on Victorious and Sam & Cat, the actress-turned-singer insists she has her "dark and deranged" days.

"I think people see me as a little cutesy thing," she says. "But I’m literally the most sardonic person you’ve ever met."

Explaining that she was a "a very weird little girl" growing up, Grande tells the publication that she has always been fascinated with blood, gore, and other creepy things that a child from Boca Raton, Fla. wouldn't normally like.

ariana grande billboard cover 2014 [Austin Hargrave/Billboard]

"I always wanted to have skeleton face paint on or be wearing a Freddy Krueger mask, and I would carry a hockey stick around. I was like a mini-Helena Bonham Carter," she recalls before letting loose "a throaty, almost maniacal laugh," according to the interviewer. "For my fifth birthday party we had a Jaws theme and all my friends left crying. I mean, I still am that way. But when I was little it was more concerning. There was a stage, when I was 3 or 4, where my mom thought I might grow up to be a serial killer."

Besides being emo though, the 21-year-old also says she's one of the hardest working people in Hollywood.

"I’m a micromanaging workhorse," she says, nodding vigorously. "Absolutely an obsessive-compulsive workaholic."

"I remember when I first came to L.A. to meet with my managers, I was like, 'I want to make an R&B album,' " Grande recalls. "They were like" -- she drops her voice a few registers --" 'Um, that’s a helluva goal! Who is going to buy a 14-year-old's R&B album?!'"

She adds, "When I was 14, I wanted to make a straight-up, like, India Arie record."

 

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