The American singer Ariana Grande has been the subject of much discussion and speculation on social media, as her fans have expressed concerns over her appearance and health. However, the singer has now taken to TikTok to put these rumors to rest and address her fans' concerns.
The Importance of Being Gentle in Our Discussions
In a video posted to TikTok on April 11, Grande spoke candidly about the long-standing discussions surrounding her appearance and the impact that such discussions can have on an individual.
"I just wanted to address your concerns about my body and talk a little bit about what it means to be a person with a body and to be seen and to be paid such close attention to," she said. "You’ve been talking about it for a decade or longer so I’d like to join in this time." She went on to emphasize the importance of being gentler and less comfortable in commenting on others' appearances. "If you think you’re saying something good or well-intentioned, whatever it is, healthy, unhealthy, big, small, this, that, sexy, nonsense – we just should really work towards not doing that as much," she said. "There are ways to compliment someone or to ignore something that you see that you don’t like, that I think we should help each other work towards.
We should aim toward being safer, and keeping each other safer."
Healthy Can Look Different
Grande also opened up about the comparisons that her fans have drawn between her current appearance and what they consider to be her "unhealthiest" version.
"I know personally, for me, the body that you’ve been comparing my current body to was the unhealthiest version of my body," she said. "I was on a lot of antidepressants and drinking on them and eating poorly. And at the lowest point of my life when I looked the way you consider my ‘healthy,’ that in fact wasn’t my healthy." The singer went on to emphasize that healthy can look different for different people and that it is important to be mindful of this when making judgments about others. "You never know what someone is going through," she said.
"So even if you are coming from a loving place and a caring place, that person probably is working on it or has a support system that they are working on it with. You never know. Be gentle with each other and with yourselves." The speculation about Grande's appearance began after photos from Jeff Goldblum's concert in London were published, with fans taking to social media to express their concerns. However, the singer has now made it clear that there is no cause for alarm and that she is well and healthy.