Ariana Grande is a multi-platinum, Grammy Award-winning recording artist who is also one of the biggest divas in the industry. Her vocal range has been compared to Mariah Carey, which is suiting considering Mariah’s diva attitude, but at least Mariah has earned her place (and she’s not nearly as bad as Grande seems).
Ever since skyrocketing to fame, it’s been one headline after another that has thrown shade on Ariana Grande, and there comes a time when you just have to say, “It’s not everyone else, it’s her.” From cheating on boyfriends to having completely unreasonable diva requests, to her meanness toward fans and people in general, there’s a lot to dislike about the pint-sized singer.
Here we’ll discuss 20 shady things about Ariana Grande.
20 She Dislikes Her Fans
For someone who claims to love her fans, she sure doesn’t act like it. Rather than being humble around her friends, she acts like a queen diva. According to an insider, “She did autographs and pics and was all smiles until she got into the elevator. As soon as the doors shut she said, ‘I hope that all f***ing die.” Another competition winner named Jen took pictures with Ariana and was then forced to delete them because she didn’t like them.
19 She’s Not A Good Friend
After Sam & Cat ended in 2013, after just one season, it seemed like Grande’s relationship with co-star Jennette McCurdy was on the rocks. Grande omitted McCurdy from a long list of thank-yous after Sam & Cat ended, and McCurdy had this to say: “We aren’t better friends because being friends with you takes the ‘better’ out of me. You sucked the life right out of me.”
18 She’s A Food-Licker
The infamous donut-shop-incident was leaked in 2015 and made fans worldwide totally angry. As the video on TMZ showed, when a server at the donut shop had their back turned, Ariana licked a donut on the countertop—a donut that someone would later eat. She apologized profusely on Ellen and other talk shows, but she probably wouldn’t have if she hadn’t been caught.
17 She Dislikes America
This might be a stretch, but on that video that was leaked by TMZ, she literally said those words. When the server appeared with a tray of treats, Ariana screams at them, saying “What the f*** is that? I hate Americans. I hate America.” This was one of her meltdowns she apologized for on YouTube, saying, “As human beings, we all say and do things that we don’t really mean at all sometimes,” but she still lost the White House gig later that year because of the debacle.
16 She Was A Mean Kid
Ariana has admitted that she wasn’t a nice kid to be around. She told Billboard magazine, “I think people see me as a little cutesy thing. But I’m literally the most sardonic person you’ve ever met.” She revealed her dark side came about at the age of five, during her Jaws-themed birthday party, where “all my friends left crying. I mean, I am still that way… There was a stage when I was 3 or 4, where my mom thought I might grow up to be a serial killer.”
15 She’s A Homewrecker
According to former Glee star Naya Rivera, Ariana Grande started dating Big Sean when he was still engaged to Rivera. In a tell-all book, Rivera revealed that she went to visit her fiance after they’d not spoken for a while (they’d been fighting for five straight days, apparently), only to find Ariana sitting on the couch, listening to music. This seems as much Big Sean’s fault as Grande’s, though.
14 She Demands Photos Of Her Left Side
This is one of those diva moments that is sort of common—Mariah Carey, Barbra Streisand, Tina Fey all had a preferred side for photoshoots, according to E! presenter Giuliana Rancic. Rancic said that before Ariana would even show up for an interview, three associates would accost the interviewer demanding that only her left side be taken photos of. Rancic believes that Ariana is far too young to have such a diva demand.
13 She’s Petty About Live Performances
It’s never a good idea to curse on live TV, but Ariana Grande seems to do it all the time, outraging people. She’s dropped the “s***” bomb in the middle of a live performance of her song Focus, on Saturday Night Live. And after she had microphone troubles at the Jingle Ball in 2015, she threw shade at Selena Gomez’s lip-synced performance, saying, “At least you know I wasn’t singing to a track.”
12 She Refused To Help A Charity
Celebrities worldwide took part in the “ice bucket challenge” when it was trendy, but it all went to a good cause: to help promote awareness of the disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or motor neuron disease. The ALS Association received $41.8 million from more than 739,000 new donors during those three months. But Ariana wouldn’t do it because, “Her skin is a big problem for her and she absolutely doesn’t want to be seen barefaced,” according to Suggest.
11 Her Own Life Coach Quit On Her
You know you’re a pretty shady person when your own life coach quits on you! An insider told Page Six that the life coach nearly had a nervous breakdown. “He just couldn’t take it anymore. Everything people are saying about her is true.” Ariana’s team fought back, saying, “It is nothing but a spiteful former employee that has been telling rumors around town for the last several months.” Not the greatest response to make you seem like a good person…
10 She’s Unprofessional
In 2014, during the annual Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, despite several hours of rehearsals, Ariana Grande stepped in the way of model Elsa Hosk on the runway and was almost knocked aside by the Swedish model’s wings. On Twitter, Grande blamed the blonde completely. An insider told Page Six that she tries to steal the whole show, “like the president is in town,” even though it’s “much ado about nothing, really.”
9 She Has Unreasonable Demands
Life & Style managed to obtain a record of Ariana Grande’s backstage demands from Nickelodeon when she worked there, and apparently she demanded a bigger dressing room than all the other stars on the show Victorious (except for lead Victoria Justice). It really showcases the extent of Ariana’s diva attitude, which is not a good look.
8 She Cheats On Everyone
Ariana got together with Nathan Sykes on the song Almost Is Never Enough, and then the two started dating. Her former lover, Jai Brooks, claimed the singers had gone behind his back and she’d cheated on him. Brooks still went back to her, and his heart was broken again later on. And it gets worse than that, too.
7 She “Taylor Swifts” Her Exes
Not only did Grande write a song about her breakup with Pete Davidson, and then post it just 30 minutes before SNL aired, but she also said in a now-deleted tweet, “For somebody who claims to hate relevancy u sure love clinging to it huh. Thank u. Next.” This came after Davidson poked fun at himself following his whirlwind engagement and break-up with the diva singer.
6 She Throws Temper Tantrums
An insider told Page Six that with Ariana’s team, it’s always demand, demand, demand. They don’t ask for anything nicely, which sets a bad tone before Ariana has even arrived for said interview or session. “Instead of coming off like an assertive woman who knows what she wants,” the insider said, “it makes Ariana seem like a toddler throwing a tantrum and her parents handling the dirty work for her.”
5 She Gets In Relationships For Publicity
When Grande first started dating Nathan Sykes, after they teamed up to sing together on “Over and Over Again” and “Almost Is Never Enough,” their romance conveniently lasted from just before “Almost is Never Enough” debuted and flopped on the charts. Then Grande reunited with Jai Brooks. And in 2018, Sykes was the only celebrity boyfriend she excluded from her lyrics in “Thank U, Next.”
4 She’s Disrespectful
In 2011, the leader singer of The Cab, Alexander DeLeon, made a harsh statement about Ariana Grande. He tweeted, “Hope none of my fans ever have the displeasure of meeting Ariana Grande. Most stuck up, disrespectful person I’ve ever met in this industry.” He didn’t say what bothered him, but the tweet leaves little room for speculation on his thoughts about the diva.
3 She’s A No-Show
The worst musicians in the industry are ones who think they’re better than everyone else and can just not show up. In 2015, she was scheduled to perform on the UK’s Jonathan Ross Show, but she never showed. Neither Grande nor her reps apologized or offered any explanation to fans or crew. She also canceled on a big night for her manager Scooter Braun, during her split with Pete Davidson.
2 She’s Bad In Relationships
Ariana Grande has always made light of her breakups with her boyfriends, and sometimes she even goes the extra mile to pull a Taylor Swift and write songs about them (such as “Thank U, Next” about Pete Davidson). She seems pretty vindictive considering all of her whirlwind romances seem to fall apart mostly because of her own actions, though that isn’t always the case.
1 She Is Almost Impossible To Work With
There are other instances of diva behavior that people have mentioned. Photographer Chris Pavlich said that she walked out of their session mid-shoot in 2015. He said the singer “check[ing] each frame as it was taken and asking for shots she wasn’t pleased with to be deleted.” Her management has also called photographers and demanded that every photo taken of her be deleted.
References: updatednews.com, pagesix.com, medium.com, factinate.com