Ariana Grande, who is about to start her Sweetener World Tour, just shared on Instagram that she’s still dealing with the trauma of losing her ex-boyfriend, Mac Miller, to a drug overdose, and ending her relationship and engagement with Pete Davidson.
The singer took to Instagram on Friday to post a message for fans before heading out on the road, as well as to reassure her supporters that it is getting better. "a few months ago...i wasn't even in an okay enough place to tour or work" and that "music really saved my life," she writes.
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mmmmk .... about to embark on my third tour and am for sure deep as fuck in my feelings. and getting my period so.... this is probably gonna be too much. but i just want to say how grateful i am for my life, for the people in it, for the ups and challenges, for the laughter and the pain, for this music and for the lifelong friendships i’ve made thru making it (that includes my friendship with y’all)... maaaaaaaan... i cant really fathom all that has happened over the past few years. i don’t even really know where i’m going with this post but i’m just grateful to be here still. and excited to see you. i’m prolly gonna cry a lot. a few months ago i told my team i wasn’t even in an okay enough place to tour or work at all and my friends, you guys and this music really saved my life and turned everything around. i’m still healing but i feel a lot lighter as of late and i think this is really going to be such a beautiful time. thank god we are doing this. i can’t imagine what else i’d do and i want you to know how thankful i am...... anyway. i’m gonna go focus on finishing this show for y’all and put my phone away for a little (how much u wanna bet i don’t last a day) so i don’t ruin all the surprises. thank you. for everything. i am so deeply and eternally grateful. life is wild. but your love and this music make it feel so sweet. love u. 🌑
Grande says that despite the fact that she is still healing, it had gotten better recently. Though she doesn’t directly mention Miller or Davidson, she does allude to recent heartbreak. “you guys and this music really saved my life and turned everything around. i’m still healing but i feel a lot lighter as of late and i think this is really going to be such a beautiful time,” she writes.
The Sweetener World Tour will be Grande’s fourth concert tour and will support her fourth and fifth studio albums, Sweetener, released last year, and Thank U, Next, released recently. The tour will begin on March 18, 2019, in Albany, New York at Times Union Center. The singer will take a break from mid-July to mid-August, between the North American and European legs of her tour.
Grande will also offer a special show in Manchester, where on May 22, 2017, there was a suicide bombing attack following the singer’s concert. Twenty-three people died, including the attacker, Salman Ramadan Abedi, and 139 were wounded, more than half of them children. Police believe Abedi acted alone, though others were aware of his plans. The incident was the deadliest terrorist attack and the first suicide bombing in Britain since the July 7, 2005 London bombings, which killed 52 people and injured more than 700.
Thank U, Next has broken records for the largest streaming week for a pop album and for a female album in the United States with 307 million on-demand streams. Grande is also the first solo artist to hold the top three spots on the Billboard Hot 100 with "7 Rings" at number one, her third single "Break Up with Your Girlfriend, I'm Bored" at number two, and her lead single "Thank U, Next" at number three. Of all artists, she is only surpassed by The Beatles who held the top five spots in 1964.
The European leg of the tour will visit 19 cities across Europe, beginning on August 17, 2019, in London at The O2 Arena and ending on October 13, 2019, in Zürich at Hallenstadion. The opening acts are still to be announced, though some dates in North America will include singer Normani and pop duo Social House