It’s not easy being a pop star. Everyone’s always expecting you to be perfect all the time. Plus, you have to deal with the paparazzi getting all up in your personal biz. But Ariana Grande knew what she was getting into when she became this dangerously amazing woman with an absolutely fabulous voice. She’s come out with some incredible hits over the years like 2014’s “Bang Bang,” and the most recent “Thank U, Next,” which we have to admit, we must've listened to at least 100 times!
But how well do we really know Ari? There’s no doubt in our minds that fans have a great deal of love and admiration for her. But they’ve put her on a pedestal so high that when she does something “human” they often misjudge her. We’re sure she wouldn’t mind someone offering her a big old hug every now and then, especially in light of the rough year she had in 2018 with the loss of Mac Miller and her breakup with Pete Davidson. But for all you Ari fans who have dreamed of getting closer to her, let’s take a look at the untold truth of Ariana Grande’s life. It will undoubtedly give you a better understanding of the trials and tribulations of the young and talented singer.
20 Ari Had A Pretty Comfortable Childhood
Now that Ariana Grande has established herself as a singer, songwriter, and yes, even an actress, it’s safe to say she’s set for life.
She’ll never be asking for a handout on the streets thanks to her approximate $50 million net worth. Then again, this isn’t something new to her. Ari has led a pretty comfortable life since childhood.
Why wouldn’t she? Her dad, Edward Butera, is the owner of Ibi Designs, a super successful Florida graphic design company that has tons of A-list celebs as clients. This gave Ari the comfy lifestyle that most girls only dream of having one day. But despite growing up pretty cozy, Ari worked very hard to get to where she is today.
19 Her Parents Were Highly Successful Way Before She Made It
While her dad made tons of money as the CEO of Ibi Designs, Ari’s mom, Joan Grande, also ran a business herself. Joan was the CEO of Hose-McCann Communications, a phone and alarms company. So, Ari didn’t just have a successful dad. She also had a super successful mom, who was undoubtedly an inspiration to her. But we’re sure that Joan is looking up to her daughter as well, and all of her impressive accomplishments at such a young age.
Joan has popped up on Ari’s social media every now and then to rave about her daughter’s music career. But clearly, Joan and Edward should pat themselves on the back for a job well done.
18 Sadly, Ari Had A Falling Out With Her Dad
Ari grew up in Boca Raton, Florida. But while her parents were both pretty successful in their line of work, their marriage took a tumble. Edward Butera and Joan Grande split up in 2003, when Ari was around eight or nine.
From that point on, Ari and her dad had a complicated relationship. But then came a huge falling out in 2013 and they stopped talking for quite a while. And while she kept the cause of the falling out to herself, she did admit to Seventeen magazine that it took her a while to be okay with it because a lot of her traits came from him.
17 But She Didn’t Say "Thank U, Next" To Him. In Fact, She FaceTimed Him!
Girls tend to favour their dads over their moms at times, but this wasn’t the case for Ari, at least not right away.
It took her a while to deal with the aftermath of falling out with her dad. But thankfully, she decided to pick up the pieces of their estranged relationship and realized she couldn’t stay mad at her dad forever. So, eventually, she told fans that she had FaceTimed with her dad on Christmas and even shared a black and white photo in which Butera was seen smiling on her phone.
Clearly, the bond between this father and daughter was not lost forever. Only time will tell if these two will be able to go back to fully connecting again.
16 Her Brother Is Pretty Famous (And They Have An Incredible Relationship, Too!)
Ari wasn’t a single child. She has a half-brother from her mom’s side called Frank James Michael Grande Marchione. But he tends to go solely as Frankie Grande. And he’s making a name for himself, too. He’s an entertainer (the apple didn’t fall far from the tree) who has done TV hosting gigs and he's also produced a few things. He even popped up as an actor in shows like Haters Back Off! and Indoor Boys. And in 2016, he was a part of Celebrity Big Brother.
The siblings have a bond that is simply unbreakable because Ari and Frankie love each other to the moon and back.
15 She Wrote A Love Letter To The LGBTQ Which Had Us Reaching For A Box Of Kleenex
Ari wrote a touching love letter to the LGBTQ community in which she discussed the perks of growing up with a gay brother. She adored him and emulated his every move. So maybe when we see her awesome dance moves on stage, we should be thanking her bro, Frankie, for that.
In the letter, she also paid tribute to New York City queens, who taught her all about makeup.
In the end, she expressed her undying love for music, claiming it’s a luxury that no one should ever be denied because it has no boundaries. Aren’t we fortunate to have someone as enlightened as Ari?
14 Her Grams Appears On Her Gram
If you ever hear Ariana talk about her Nonna, which is Italian for grandma, she’s talking about Marjorie Grande, her granny from her mom’s side. She’s half Sicilian and half Abruzzese.
But back to her grams, the two are very close. In fact, Nonna appears on Ari’s social media quite a lot. She even accompanied Ari at the 2017 Women’s March. So if you ever asked yourself where Ari’s strong spirit comes from, it undoubtedly comes from Nonna and of course, her mom. Most grams can only dream of having a granddaughter that's as affectionate and loving as Ari!
13 Her Mysterious "Bellissima" Tattoo Has A Beautiful Secret Meaning
Ariana has a couple of tattoos, some of which she’ll probably want to laser off after her breakup with Pete Davidson.
But there’s one tattoo she’ll take to her grave and that’s her “Bellissima” tattoo. It turns out that “Bellissima” is the nickname her grandfather, Frank Grande, gave her.
The two of them used to be really close. The word itself means “beautiful” in Italian, which makes sense since Ari is seriously stunning inside and out. Unfortunately, her gramps suffered from cancer and sadly, he passed away in 2014. But the tat is a reminder he’ll always be with her.
12 It All Started In Broadway, Where Ari Started Paving The Way To Success
Ari’s parents may have inspired her to reach for the stars, but she was paving the way to success all on her own. In 2008, she began her career in the Broadway musical “13.” This led her to do bigger and better things down the line. She eventually took on the role of Cat Valentine in Nickelodeon’s Victorious and its subsequent spinoff, Sam & Cat.
She continued in that role until 2014. In 2015, she landed the role of Chanel #2 in the short-lived TV series, Scream Queens. But some would say that all this fame and success might have gone to her head.
11 Some Claim She Can Be A Total Diva With Her Bizarre Demands
There’s plenty of gossip claiming that Ari is a major diva. It all began in 2014 with reports that she only liked being photographed from one side during a photo shoot in Sydney. She also refused to be photographed in natural light. But when they didn’t respect her wishes, she ordered all of the photos destroyed and cancelled the rest of the shoot.
Now some might say she went a bit too far, but it’s her image on the line. So, if she doesn’t like the way she looks, then she has the final say on how she is represented in photographs, right?
10 What Do Victoria Justice, Mayim Bialik And Mariah Carey Have In Common? Well, They're Not Really Big Ari Fans
Ariana told Seventeen magazine that her “Victorious” co-star Victoria Justice didn’t like her and supposedly bullied her a lot. After the show got cancelled, Justice questioned Ari's friendship and used the hashtag #StopBeingAPhony about her. Yikes!
The Big Bang Theory star Mayim Bialik isn’t impressed with the songstress either. In her blog, she expressed her disapproval of a billboard featuring Ari, claiming she wasn’t sure who she was or what she did based on what she saw. And Mariah Carey didn’t like her simply because she was once asked how she felt about Ari being dubbed the “Young Mariah.”
9 She Dated Big Sean While He Was Still Engaged...Ouch!
Ari and Big Sean met after she featured him in her 2014 song “Right There.” Soon, rumours suggested that the musicians were dating. But of course at the time, Big Sean was engaged to Glee actress Naya Rivera. In her book, Rivera claimed that Big Sean called off the wedding because of his relationship with Ariana Grande. But that was just talk. Then Ari and Big made it official when they went to the 2015 Grammys together.
They dated for about eight months. Scheduling conflicts made it impossible for them to stay together and the two split that same year. Ariana still seems to be crushing hard on Big Sean because she included him in her "Thank U, Next" video and had nothing but flattering things to say about him.
8 Her Success Was Booming, But When She Licked A Donut And Dissed America, Everything Came Crushing Down
In 2015, Ari and her then-boyfriend Ricky Alvarez went to Wolfee Donut Shop in Lake Elsinore, California, and got caught licking a powdered donut. But there was security footage of the event that showed her laughing about it and giggling. Towards the end of the video, someone places a tray of donuts in front of her and Ari responds by saying negative things about the donuts and America in general, Insider reports.
The footage went viral and everyone, including actor Rob Lowe, got angry. So, Ariana had to quickly clarify that her comments were not directed towards the country itself.
7 Then She Threw Major Shade At Selena Gomez...Or Did She?
Selena Gomez had a backing track and microphone mishap during the 2013 Jingle Ball concert. It exposed her to the audience as someone who often lip syncs. Soon enough, the entire world got wind of the ordeal when the footage went viral on YouTube. But she wasn’t the only one with issues. Ari also had mic trouble that night during the show.
Hollywood Life claims she shrugged it off and said, “At least you know I wasn’t singing to a track!” It might have come off like she was shading Gomez, but she went on Twitter and clarified that she wasn’t trying to hurt Gomez.
6 The Manchester Attack Left Her Wondering If She Was Strong Enough
On May 22, 2017, Grande’s world was turned upside down during the Manchester attack. Of course, she wasn’t the only one. 59 people were reportedly injured. 22 others didn’t make it. The pop star had just finished doing her “Dangerous Woman” gig when it all went down. In the weeks that followed, Grande developed PTSD and got really depressed. But despite the disheartening situation, she totally dealt with it like a pro.
Although she went back to Manchester to do a tribute concert to the victims, what happened on that fateful night continues to haunt her.
5 Weeks After Splitting From Mac Miller, She Went Public With Pete Davidson But Fans Were Not Happy
Ari dated Mc Miller for two years. In 2018, the two lovebirds split but their breakup had supposedly been amicable. Then, Ari went public with her relationship with Pete Davidson and Miller fans were a little peeved.
Ari went on Twitter to mention Miller’s struggles with sobriety and even called their relationship toxic. She also added that she hoped that he would figure it all out, but then Miller passed away and many pointed the finger at Ari as the cause. She clarified that she was as upset over the loss as Miller’s fans were.
4 But It Wasn't Meant To Be And They Broke Up. Then, Ari Dissed Pete After Their Breakup
Ari and Pete Davidson’s relationship had seemingly gone from zero to engaged in just a few short months. They never held back their feelings from the public either. But Ari fans suspected it was only a matter of time before their love fizzled out, and it did. The couple broke off their engagement soon after Miller passed away. Then, Davidson poked fun at the breakup on SNL by fake proposing to musical guest Maggie Rogers. In itself, this didn’t seem like he was dissing Ari, but Ari took offense and ranted on Twitter anyway.
She wrote, “For somebody who claims to hate relevancy u sure love clinging to it huh. Thank u. Next.”
According to TMZ, Ari felt hurt because the two had agreed not to air their dirty laundry in public.
3 She Was Scheduled To Perform In The UK But Was A Total No-Show
It’s bad enough when a celeb has to cancel an appearance, but most of them give people a heads up. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case with Ari. In November 2015, she was supposed to appear on the UK’s Jonathan Ross Show to perform. But she never bothered to show and Ross was a little upset to say the least. She never apologized for her absence, either.
Ross went on to say, "I don’t know what it is. We are going to give Ariana the benefit of the doubt and not say anything mean or judgmental. I apologize to anyone who might have come along hoping to see her," as Cosmopolitan reports.
2 Aretha Franklin's 'Touching' Memorial
Ariana Grande got to honour Aretha Franklin at her funeral with her amazing musical talent. But the only thing anyone will remember about that event is how Bishop Ellis III got way too handsy with Ari. He claims it was an accident, but his hand got too close for comfort and Ari was left feeling confused about the whole thing. It was obvious that the pop star was pretty uncomfortable. You could see it on her face.
Of course, Ellis later apologized and claimed it was never his intention to touch Ari or any woman in such a manner. But he undoubtedly left quite an impression on Ari, and not in a good way.
1 Now, Ari Is Living Her Best Life And Saying "Thank U, Next" To All The Drama
Ari’s “Thank U, Next” music video was loaded with tons of Easter Eggs that included odes to classic films like Mean Girls. In it, she had a burn book where she seemingly mentions all of her exes, including Big Sean, Ricky Alvarez, and of course, Pete Davidson. But to call what she does dissing would not be accurate.
She actually said some pretty sweet and cute things, which must have been tough given all the drama her previous relationships brought her. But it seems like she was grateful to the men in her life who were either a blessing or a lesson, and now Ari's ready to move on to bigger and greater things.