Ariana Grande: It’s “Cool” If You Call Me a Diva (Just Don’t Say I’m a Bitch)
In her latest interview with UK’s The Telegraph, the “Break Free” singer insists that she doesn’t have an attitude problem, explaining that it’s other people’s skewed perspective of what it is to be a diva that’s keeping the rumor mill churning with all the stories about her demanding behavior.
“It’s funny how a certain amount of success comes with a certain amount of weird, inaccurate depictions of you,” she says of the rumors, which have been swirling for years. “But I feel like it will die down because it’s not something that I pay into. And also things can only last so long when there’s little truth to them. So that’s why I don’t trip over it.”
“It’s weird to me because I do see myself as a fairly positive, very friendly person. So it’s kind of odd.” she continues. “I also think a lot of people don’t know what the word ‘diva’ means. If you want to call me a diva I’ll say, ‘Um, well, cool.'”
Victorious and Sam & Cat, also tells the publication that many of her fans understand that though she’s not a teenager anymore, she’s still the same girl they got to know when she landed her first TV gig.
“I’m still the same person I’ve been since I was four years old. Literally,” the 21-year-old quips. “Obviously, I’m a mature adult. But I’m still the same girl. I’m still Ariana from Boca who loves musical theatre, who loves her family, who loves the beach, who loves animals.”
“To me the idea of being a role model is just being yourself,” Grande, who also confirms that she’s dating rapper Big Sean in the same interview, says. “And being unapologetically yourself, whatever that means. Whether that’s just me simply dressing sexier on some days and more conservatively on other days because that’s how I wake up feeling, I believe in authenticity.”