Ariana Grande finally announced her 2019 Sweetener Word Tour dates for the United States and Canada via a series of social media posts on Thursday, October 26th. After coping with the recent passing of her ex-boyfriend, Mac Miller, as well as her breakup with fiancé Pete Davidson, Grande responded to a fan on Twitter and explained that she is “emotionally ready” to return to touring.
Grande shared an image of her tour dates on Instagram and Twitter. In addition, she also shared a black-and-white video that rapidly flipped through the dates individually. Her tour will begin in March 2019 with a performance at the Times Union Center in Albany, New York. From there, she will travel through the states and stop at a few locations in Canada before ending back in New York, New York at Madison Square Garden in June. According to Billboard, international tour dates will be announced soon. A pre-sale for American Express Card Members will run from Thursday, November 1st at 10 a.m. through Saturday, November 3rd at 10 p.m.
Talk of Grande’s announcement began earlier this week on Twitter, when a fan asked, “are u giving us dates tomorrow.” The singer responded, “yea tbh.” Fans have been asking about a tour since the beginning of October, though. Grande responded to several people, saying that tour details would be coming soon, but she needed time after experiencing stress and trauma throughout the last several months.
The pop singer has been struggling with anxiety since her last tour in 2017, the Dangerous Woman Tour, which was tragically interrupted by a terrorist bombing at Grande’s Manchester Arena show on May 22nd, 2017. The bombing killed 22 concert-goers and injured more than 800. After the incident, Grande cancelled tour dates through June 5th. However, she resumed touring after she organized a benefit concert to aid the bombing victims and affected families, called One Love Manchester at the Old Trafford Cricket Ground.
Grande’s photographer, Alfredo Flores, told Refinery29 that Grande had been nervous about touring since the bombing, but she was also excited to resume her travels. Flores also remarked on Grande’s extreme bravery throughout the experience.