Why did Ariana Grande ‘freak out’ & almost cry on the Grammys red carpet?


I actually had to go back and look at my Twitter feed from the Grammys just to make sure I didn’t say anything insulting about little Ariana Grande. I didn’t, sort of. I watched E! Red Carpet and after I saw Ariana’s interview, I only tweeted this: “Ariana Grande needs to work on her sound byte skills.” Because it’s true. It was a gentle criticism about a part of her job now as an entertainer, because the red carpet interview was unmemorable save for the fact that I was like, “Uh, what is she even talking about?” I guess it was also notable because Ariana looked like she was about to cry on camera (but I kind of thought that was part of her shtick).

I bring this up because apparently someone, somewhere tweeted something derogatory about Ariana’s Grammys dress, this floral Dolce & Gabbana. I didn’t have a problem with the dress – I mean, it’s a pretty standard look from D&G, but it suits her. My big problem was with those car wreck satin bridesmaid’s shoes. Ugh. Anyway, Ariana apparently checked her Twitter while she was on the red carpet (??), and she almost cried when she read something mean about her look:

Ariana Grande was almost bullied off the Grammys red carpet. The songbird had a bit of a “freak out” when she arrived at the Staples Center yesterday afternoon, sources exclusively tell me. Grande, 20, was seen practically in tears as her handlers buzzed around trying to get the situation under control.

So what happened?

Turns out a blogger took to Twitter to slam Grande for how she looked.

“She’s still not completely comfortable on carpets and she made the mistake of looking at Twitter,” one source said. “This blogger attacked her dress but also went after her hair and then more people started piling on. It was just mean. Ariana was like, ‘Why am I even here?’”

Thankfully, Grande was able to move on. And we must say, we think she stunned on the carpet in a $9,000 black and flowered Dolce & Gabbana dress.

Grande’s extension-filled hairstyle has a been a sticking point for the former Nickelodeon star. In fact, just a few days ago, she took to Instagram to explain the reasons behind what has become her unintended signature coiffe.

She said in her post that her years on the small screen “completely destroyed” her tresses. “I had to bleach my hair and dye it red every other week for the first four years of playing Cat,” Grande wrote, referring to her sitcoms Victorious and Sam & Cat. “I wear extensions but I wear it in a ponytail because my actually hair is so broken that it looks absolutely ratchet and absurd when I let it down.”

She continued, “So as annoying as it is for y’all to have to look at the same hairstyle all the time, it’s all that works for now (and I’m comfortable for the first time in years). And trust me, it’s even more difficult for me to have to wait forever for my natural hair to grow back and to have to wear more fake hair than every drag queen on earth combined. So PLEASE gimme a break about the hair (or just don’t look at me lol). IT’S JUST HAIR AFTER ALL.”

Our Grammys source said, “Ariana has learned not to look at Twitter . She’s young. She’s learning to grow thicker skin.”

Grande’s rep could not be reached for comment.

[From E! News]

Growing a thicker skin… sure. Being a professional and dealing with criticism in a mature way is a great skill to have. But surely there’s a bigger problem here? Like, the fact that Ariana is checking her Twitter on the red carpet of the Grammys? Will her handlers tell her to stop doing that, perhaps? I realize that “the kids” are all about the social media at all times, however inappropriate, but is it too much to say: “You’re being photographed by a million cameras all at once and you’re at this huge event so maybe put down the phone and stop running searches on yourself and looking to see what people are saying about you?”



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  1. klaas says:

    I wanted to write something but she might be reading this and I don’t wanna make her cry.

  2. paranormalgirl says:

    That’s not bullying. She was not bullied. I am SO sick of the word “bully” being bandied about with no regard for the people who have truly felt the pain and terror of true bullying. If the worst thing is that you check your Twitter and discover you’re not America’s Special Snowflake Princess and someone doesn’t like your $9000 dress and your hair while you’re on the red carpet of a major awards show, then you really don’t have it so bad,

  3. Eva says:

    Maybe someone tried to photograph the right side of her face..

  4. don't kill me i'm french says:

    She looks so young (12 years old girl)

  5. Over It says:

    Wow, what an insecure idiot.
    This, folks, is the face of the future –
    social media and commercialising porn
    have turned young women into dithering
    approval seekers.

  6. don't kill me i'm french says:

    There is a difference between the critics and the bullying and she needs to learn this difference but maybe the tweet was really mean

  7. Neffie says:

    She needs to drop the bewildered act.

  8. F says:

    Perez Hilton ‏@PerezHilton 27 de ene.
    I was distracted by the hair, but Ariana’s dress is even worse than the hair! Poor child needs a whole new glam team ASAP!

  9. Mia4S says:

    Wow Disney kids all grow up so adaptable, emotionally healthy and well rounded said no one ever.

  10. MisJes says:

    Oh, for f-k’s sake, Ariana. You’re not a child, you’re a 20 year old woman. You’ve worked in this industry for YEARS. Time to thicken up that skin, you’re being completely pathetic.

    • Erinn says:

      This. It’d be one thing if she JUST started in the business, and needed some time to adjust, but she’s been on a popular kids show for at least 4 years. I don’t have much sympathy for her, because I think she like to play up how delicate she is.

      • idk says:

        Yeah but her star has just recently risen. It’s her singing career that is getting her noticed among people who don’t watch Nickelodeon. She probably thought “I just have to dress nice and smile and no one will say anything mean about me”. I think she’s realizing that EVERYONE is subject to mean comments.

      • MisJes says:

        Hmm, I find it unlikely that she’s that naive, considering she’s grown up in show business. I think she’s just used to being a special snowflake, and her ego can’t handle it when she’s told she’s not.

  11. Frida_K says:

    The shoes, per se, aren’t that bad. What brings them down to a certain level of “oh-no-she-didn’t” are the support hose she’s sporting. It looks like someone went by the local CVS and got her some compression stockings which, next to the floral fabric of her dress, brings to mind Granny’s couch. The ballerina shoes, by contrast, suddenly look bizarre and incongruous.

    Just my two cents.

    Oh, that, and a direct message to Ms. Grande: Grow up, sweetie.

  12. Talie says:

    I wonder if it was BryanBoy — he posted a before and after of her saying he wanted her plastic surgeon

  13. Shannon1972 says:

    Still don’t get the hate over the shoes – we’ve seen much worse. I wouldn’t have chosen them per se, but they aren’t the worst things ever. If she had paired the dress with dominatrix boots or a pair of converse then maybe I would look twice.

    As for bullying, yeah, she wasn’t bullied, she was critiqued and there is a major difference there. It seems like she’s been in showbiz for a while, but being cocooned in the iron arms of Disney doesn’t really prepare you for the “real world”. She was probably used to being surrounded by adoring fans and totally unprepared for what hit her.

    • Shannon1972 says:

      Edit: oops, Nickelodeon? Whatever. Major kids network. Even so, has anyone ever seen what the madness on the red carpet really looks like? With all those photographers yelling at you? I think that alone would make me cry, and I am almost twice her age.

      • idk says:

        Ok, but the red carpet is optional. You don’t have to walk it. A lot of celebs bypass it.

        Also, on Fashion Police, they were making fun of Ariana for wearing panty hose. I don’t see the big deal. She looks nice.

      • Shannon1972 says:

        Idk: you’re right, but I think the celebs have to be of a certain stature and not need the publicity that the red carpet brings. This girl isn’t famous enough to skip it, and I really doubt her people would let her anyway. She’s going to have to toughen up, but I still feel sorry for her now.

        Ugh, Joan Rivers really has no cause to call others out on their choices. I’ve seen her in person, just walking down fifth ave in NYC, and she looks like the Crypt Keeper held together with masking tape. And this was 15 yrs ago! Kelly Osbourne? Hardly a sartorial genius. Get me some people with real taste and I will gladly listen. :)

      • idk says:

        I agree, she was probably told by management to walk the red carpet. But if the people around her really cared about her well-being, they should have let her skip the red carpet this one time.

  14. Simply Red says:

    It seems like many of these young and older celeb are soo use to hearing yes, compliments to everything that when someone say something against them it’s called bullying…

    There is a difference btw criticism and being mean… For many the latter is easier to do

  15. Lark says:

    Seriously? I mean if she read on twitter someone saying something awful like “die bitch die u so ugly and u suck” I could see her getting upset…but then she probably shouldn’t be on twitter in the first place because they are so many psychos out there who have some anger and mental issues and that she should ignore that…. But comments about her dress? Yeah, she needs to toughen up. That comes with the territory. I am not a Miley fan, but Ariana would last 2 minutes if she received the same type of insanity of twitter and ended up reading it.

    • Mika says:

      I don’t know, she had been actually slammed on Twitter before..been called ‘whore’, ‘slut’ and such for allegedly cheating on her then-boyfriend Jai Brooks. Jai’s fans (he’s part of a dumb group “The Janoskians” on Youtube) and even his friends started talking shit about her on Twitter. She never responded to those tweets. She never even made a statement to clear things up. It’s impossible for her to not see those tweets anyway, so I don’t quite believe that she can break down that easily.. Just my opinion.

      • Lark says:

        True, plus E! used to be one of the more “reliable” gossip blogs but it is still a gossip blog, not hard news, and has gotten worse with some of their stories. Aye, there are some crazy, psychotic people on twitter though…I find it a little absurd that they can get away with tweeting that kind of abusive language at other people and still have a twitter account, but that’s social media. Makes me so glad that I wasn’t in high school or college when twitter was around, hell facebook only caught on my sophomore year.

    • idk says:

      @ Mika

      She did respond to that. She denied cheating and said Jai was trying to blackmail her. She said he would “ruin her career” if she didn’t go back to him. She tweeted the denial and accusations on her verified account.

  16. serena says:

    Boo-boo! Crying over a dress-criticism? What is she, 14? Come on, grow up. At 20 yo you’re at least expect to not cry because someone was mean to you.

  17. Samtha says:

    I don’t think there’s much truth to this story. It appeared to me that she tripped on the red carpet while the photographers were all yelling at her. She looked flustered and upset at tripping and almost started crying.

  18. Dotty says:

    Isn’t that her schtick? Always looking like she’s scared, or about to cry?

  19. idk says:

    Ariana has stated she’s going through a “retro” phase with her style right now, so that explains the dress. Yeah, she should really lay off reading twitter comments, especially while she’s on the red carpet ! If she wants a long career (and she has the voice and talent to have one), she will need to grow some thick skin. The more famous you get, the more people will talk and make up stories/gossip.

  20. Loren says:

    she’s a had a lot of plastic surgery and she’s only 20. It’s her eye lift that makes her look like she’s about to cry

  21. Shelllley says:

    For what it’s worth (not much, I know.), I think she looks adorable. Skewing slightly younger than age appropriate perhaps but still completely adorable.
    She looks young and fresh; not over done, tryhard or nearly naked, unlike so many her age ….

    • Leila in wunderland says:

      Yeah, but even though she herself chooses to cover up for now, she’s very accepting of others who choose to pose nude and like revealing clothes and defends their right to do it. She’s not some puritan bitch, or one of those hypocritical women or stars who wants her own freedom to do what she wants with her physical appearance/image without shaming and blaming but resorts to scarlet-lettering other women who want to do what they want with theirs. She gets 1000 Leila Points! :D Women inside and outside of Hollywood can learn from her and Lorde.

    • Leila in wunderland says:

      Yeah, but even though she herself chooses to cover up for now, she’s very accepting of others who choose to pose nude and like revealing clothes and defends their right to do it. She’s not some puritan bitch, or one of those hypocritical women or stars who wants her own freedom to do what she wants with her physical appearance/image without shaming and blaming but resorts to scarlet-lettering other women who want to do what they want with theirs. She gets 1000 Leila Points! :D Women inside and outside of Hollywood can learn from her and Lorde.

  22. Jasmine says:

    On the actual night they said she was crying because of something the paps were yelling at her not something she read on twitter

  23. Leila in wunderland says:

    I’m not sure if that’s the real reason why she was crying. Someone who was there said that the paps were yelling at her, and she got distracted by that and tripped, and was visibly upset afterward. Ariana wants to portray a substance- free image, and when you trip in public, people can assume you were drunk or high. Especially in Hollywood, where dramatic tabloid stories can be made over such little things.

    If either of these things were the reason why she was crying, it still shows that she’s pretty sensitive, and that’s a problem if she’s going to be a woman in Hollywood. I still like and respect her, though. :)

  24. littlestar says:

    The look on her face. It reminds me of the permanent arrogant look Justin Bebier ALWAYS has on his face.

  25. Murphy says:

    I guess I’m in the minority but I like her big fake hair

    • deanna says:

      I think she’s lovely and talented, yet her extensions and the dress are swallowing her petite body. With her bone structure and tiny body a short haircut and a sleeker dress would showcase her beauty. She looks like a young Winona Ryder.

    • idk says:

      She said dying her hair red for years on her Nickelodeon show ruined her hair. She is in the process of growing it back, but in the meantime she said she uses fair hair to hide the damage. I don`t understand why the show didn`t just give her a wig instead of actually dying her hair.

  26. S says:

    Some people are just more sensitive. Maybe she was just having one of those hormonal PMS-y days when weird things make you cry. It happens. I’m sure red carpets with cameras and people yelling at you can be anxiety inducing, regardless if she’s a 20 year old woman and should be “used to it” by now.

  27. Meggin says:

    That was mean but I kind of think you need to be able to take criticism to be in this business. I myself would never be able to handle it!! So I understand but I’m not looking to be famous and in the public eye lol.

  28. lunchcoma says:

    Good grief. She’s 20 years old and working in an industry where both performances and appearances are regularly criticized. If she’s not up for that (I certainly wouldn’t be), she might need to look into another line of work.

    I agree with others that criticizing someone’s dress or shoes isn’t bullying. If she were wise, she’d see a pattern to the critiques, hire a stylist, and consult with a talented hair stylist to figure out how to handle her hair issues (I have nothing but sympathy for someone struggling with damaged hair, but she has options other than wearing only one style of ponytail).

    • paranormalgirl says:

      I could never be an actress or anything that involved being judged and criticized for how I look. It’s healthier to build a thick skin as quickly as possible and remember that yes, criticism sucks. Yes, people will be mean. But hey – how many of the people criticizing you are on the red carpet wearing $9K dresses?

  29. Barbara says:

    I don’t mind making her cry…she always has a very arrogant look on her face. It annoys me, like she is standing there thinking she is so much better than anyone else….or that she smells something bad in the air…lol

  30. Bread and Circuses says:

    Eavesdropping on what other people think of her is WHY she is still insecure.

    What other people think of you is none of your business. It’s psychologically damaging to care so much about something you can’t control.

  31. TruthKindaHurts says:

    AND not for Nothing, those shoes WERE & ALWAYS will be Horrible!!! She needs to fire her stylist #STAT!!! Other than that… #LoveHer

  32. Seriously says:

    It’s perfectly fine to dislike someone’s dress, shoes, hair, makeup, or whatever at an awards show. But how is it ever okay to go online and tell them that they’re ugly or whatever else the person was saying? It’s called decency. My parents raised me to be polite to people. I can think whatever I want, but that doesn’t mean I have to go and tell the other person. The internet is a perfect way for a lot of mean people to get their anger out at other people. I love this website, and I love reading the comments from other people, but people here aren’t directly attacking the celebrities on twitter. Nobody should have to let strangers call them names as directly as you can on twitter just because if they get upset they’re “being a baby” or “immature”.

    Celebrities are so public that they are going to get some of that regardless, but if someone I didn’t know started calling me all kinds of things on twitter it would upset me. And no, I’m not overly sensitive, being insulted by strangers is just mean.

  33. pnichols says:

    Friend of mine was in NYC at an event with a group of seven year old little girls. Apparently Miss thinks she’s Grande was “too busy” as she told them to meet and greet, take pictures, or sign anything. When in fact all she did was get into a parked car. All of the little girls were crying and devastated. With that said I can’t stand this little brat. Get a grip Jr Miss, you’re in the business. My God you cry over a negative comment. Boo hoo. Pack it in honey.

  34. jaye says:

    I can’t believe how overwhelmingly mean some of the comments on here are. And before someone points out that the name of the site is “Celebitchy” save it. One of the reasons I like coming to Celebitchy is because this ain’t your average gossip site. The regular posters are smart and funny and a lot of the times the comments on articles are measured and thoughtful. But this girl seems to have inexplicably raised the ire of a lot of you and it’s confusing. Why are some of you viewing this girls obvious sensitivity as an affront? Because she’s (supposedly) living the life of Reilly what with the free dresses, red carpets and the Hollywood salary. NONE of that guarantees happiness and sure ain’t a cure for sensitivity. As someone who was a sensitive, people pleaser, I guess my heart just goes out to her. The Grammys are a big deal for someone who’s never been before…maybe she felt she stuck out like a sore thumb. Who knows, but I’m not going to hold her being sensitive and emotional against her.

  35. BooBooLaRue says:

    I’m crying because that horrid dress is $9k!

  36. Victoria says:

    Actually, she was crying because the paparazzi kept ordering her around and she stepped to the left and when she was told to step back, she tripped and fell and the paparazzi started calling her stupid and swearing at her and she became flustered. Or, maybe I’m wrong. No one but her knows the real story so stop judging and calling her an idiot until you’re a singer worth millions of dollars with your own TV show. ughh

  37. waif says:

    wow, holy shit ppl. she’s 20 years old, give her a break.

  38. Veronica Knowles says:

    I think she looks smug. I think she is a secret b!tch. Like a stealth b!tch like Reese Witherspoon and and we’ll only learn the depths of her b!tchiness later… (Dun dun dun).

    • jaye says:

      You got smug from those pictures? What pics were you looking at? Were you looking at the ones at top of the page? Her face doesn’t read as smug to me. I don’t know about the “stealth bitch” thing, anything is possible. As far as her looking smug, I think that a reach.

  39. Tpoe says:

    What the heck is an “Ariana Grande?” and can you get it on ice?

  40. Karolina says:

    The dress is really fug. I don’t like her styling at all.

  41. raincoaster says:

    That dress was built to show off a necklace. There should have been something there. And she’s wearing half the annual exports of the Ukraine on her head, it’s just too big.

  42. Rachel says:

    If it’s just hair, as she states, then why does SHE care so much about how it looks? She must care to style it a certain way and to wear hair extensions. Also, she wouldn’t need to wear more extensions than “every drag queen on earth combined”. She’s choosing to have that many. Every time I see her, I think “That girl has a ton of friggin’ hair”. Maybe she could just aim for a regular amount of hair…

    Btw, what’s up with her facial expression? She makes it a lot. She’s always raising her eyebrows and flaring her nostrils.

    And though everyone says she’s a good singer, I hate her style of singing. It annoys me to no end. I like singers with rich voices. Hers is so breathy. Ick.

  43. Amy says:

    I don’t know about all you guys… but criticizing/bashing someone you don’t know online qualifies as cyberbullying to me. We all do it and are guilty of it in a way, unfortunately. I do it too and I know I am not exempt. Cyberbullying was just starting when I was in middle school (AIM and MSN Messenger were big back then, now nobody uses them and MSN actually no longer exists) and parent workshops on online bullying were just starting to become a thing. Considering young people have committed suicide over bullying comments on social media, it is definitely very real and scary. We don’t know what kind of comments were being said–maybe people were telling her to kill herself, that she was worthless, that she was ugly, etc. To me that does qualify as cyberbullying. It’s what the tabloid culture is built around-the aggressive paparazzi, the tabloids criticizing stars (especially women) for weight gain, etc.

  44. tre1 says:

    Look at that face. They must be mopping with her soul.