Ariana Grande: ‘At the end of the day, I’m just a nice Italian girl from Boca’

Feb '14 Cosmo Cover - Ariana Grande

I’ve been wanting to write about Ariana Grande again ever since I covered her crazy Complex interview a few months ago. That was the first time I’d really paid attention to her, and good lord, Ariana is a GOOD interview. She’s kind of crazy, very sweet, rather gullible and extremely superstitious, all of which means she talks about crazy things like “textbook demons” and sulfuric black clouds during interviews. But at heart, she’s just a nice Italian girl from Boca. Her words! Anyway, Ariana covers the new issue of Cosmo and I love these excerpts – although she’s not talking about ghosts again, which is sad.

She was a hazard in Amsterdam: “I never want to be the person who avoids my own fans, so I always try to stop and say hi,” she says. “But it turned into a big mosh of people, and it became quite dangerous. I got sent to the police station, and they told me not to come back to that airport!” Later, so many fans camped out to see the singer that the manager of her hotel dubbed Grande a safety risk and forbade her from going out on her balcony to wave to them. “I just went out anyway,” she says. “I said, ‘You can’t stop me!’ That’s one thing to get in trouble for: loving your fans too much.”

On dealing with her Twitter haters: “Oh, they’re evil as hell! I don’t even block them anymore, because I feel like it’s giving them negativity in return. So I just let it happen and forgive them and move on. Those people are fighting their own battles.”

On being a positive role model: “I think I’m an old soul. What excites younger people doesn’t excite me… I’m kind of a boring, normal girl who likes Harry Potter and to sit in her pajamas and sing. A lot of my friends are partiers, but I’ve never really clicked with that. I like Barbra Streisand, and when was the last time you saw Babs getting, like, turnt up? That’s kind of the road that I, as a lady, would like to go down.”

On her first date with Nathan Sykes, the youngest member of British boy band The Wanted: “We were going back to his hotel to watch a movie, and he had Ladurée macaroons and sunflowers waiting—I love Parisian baked goods, and sunflowers are my favorite flower. He had taken the DVD player out of the bedroom and into the living room, because he said he didn’t want to take me into the bedroom on the first date.”

On making a name for herself in the music industry: “I never really expected to be taken seriously as an artist, and it’s just been the ultimate, proudest achievement. I’ve dealt with a lot of people not knowing what to expect from me because of my age and my personality. People often mistake my kindness for weakness, and they didn’t expect much from me, because at the end of the day, I’m just a nice Italian girl from Boca.”

[From Cosmopolitan]

It’s always sad when a young lover gushes about her boyfriend and then by the time the interview comes out, she and the dude are over. Ariana and Nathan Sykes split up last week! But I did like her first date story – sunflowers and macaroons? Adorable. Also: “when was the last time you saw Babs getting, like, turnt up?” Classic. I hope she stays like this and doesn’t turn into some kind of beav-flashing Miley with nothing interesting to say.



Photos courtesy of Matt Jones/Cosmo.

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  1. QQ says:

    She is like a sugar confection come to life

  2. Spooks says:

    She seems nice, but I just dislike women who are 20 and act like 12-year old bubblegum princesses. And why does she do that face in every picture? Also, her songs are forgetable, but, unlike Selena, at least she can sing. Even though I don’t like her singing style. Too many oohs and aahs.

    • Erinn says:

      She has a certain clueless look on her face most of the time, eh? Something to do with the raise of her brows and her closed mouth smile. I don’t like the embracing of the young teen attitude/style, though, I will say she has a decent voice.

      • Mika says:

        Decent? OMG this girl has one of the best voices of her generation. It’s just that she lacks of her own style. IMO her singing style sounds too much like Mariah Carey.

    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

      Yeah, that “ooh! I’m so surprised!” fake look grates on me, too.

    • QQ says:

      OMG spooks YES! Is a pretty grating and odd shtick

  3. Girlfriend can sing, but every time I look at her, I always think I’m looking at a fifteen year old–she looks like a kid.

  4. Jen34 says:

    My 10 year old daughter adores her. I am happy that she seems rather harmless, but i assume that it is all an act.

  5. Tessa says:

    Anyone notice she only shows the left side of her face, and does that innocent coy closed mouth smile thing ALL THE TIME?? I don’t know why, but it bothers me. She just seems so posed and stiff, and like she’s going to have a permanent crick in her neck.

    • Kristen says:

      How cool would it be if women celebrities actually smiled? I had to Google this girl to get an idea of what she actually looks like, and can’t find a single picture of her smiling.

      Just once I’d love to log on here and see a female celebrity in some fashion mag with a huge, genuine, toothy smile on her face.

      • Bubbles says:

        Maybe she hates her smile? I hate mine because I look like a horse so I never do a toothy smile.

  6. Anna says:

    I don’t really mind her but she does the same facial expression in every picture and she always looks like she’s gonna cry.
    She’s got some great songs though

    • Pri says:

      The facial expression. Yes! I thought so too. I think its her (don’t laugh, its not entirely stupid) eyebrows. It makes her give the same expression. I’ve been staring at various pictures of her and I’m mostly sure her brows are the culprit. She’s smiling and her eyes look kind of soft, yet she looks somewhat(correct me if I’m wrong),puzzled ? yea. Brows. She naturally looks that way. Ha. I like her now.

    • We Are All Made of Stars says:

      She has sad eyes naturally. I think that’s why she is most frequently seen posing with her eyebrows arched; it’s supposed to make her look less weepy.
      I honestly always thought she was Hispanic. I wonder if she has other heritage. Great range, although not the powerful oomph of Mariah in her heyday.

  7. Amelia says:

    I don’t mean to be rude or snarky – for once – but who is this girl? I saw a bit of the MTV EMAs (?) on some strange channel last week and I think I saw her talking to that guy from LMFAO.

  8. Tapioca says:

    The only two times I heard of this girl were the little dig at Selena Gomez for lip-syncing, when everyone was pointing it out already, and various insalubrious BIs.

    I’m sure her true personality is probably somewhere between Cosmo interview and rumour!

    • JessicaC says:

      Could you explain what rumors, please?

      • Tapioca says:

        Oh, just about her boy-crazy ways and insatiable lust for power overcoming her gag reflex and riding the “Dan Schneider train” to tweener fame (Jamie-Lynn Spears’ alleged baby-daddy). To be entirely fair it probably comes from people wondering why she and the insanely irritating Jennette McCurdy got the spin-off show, not Victoria Justice and Miranda Cosgrove.

        I have to babysit kids sometimes – I wish I didn’t know who these people were!

      • jaye says:

        Victoria Justice and Miranda Cosgrove were already the stars of shows on Nickelodeon. Why would they need spin-offs from their own shows? Maybe they both wanted to move on to other things.

  9. Lucy says:

    I’ve known her for a few years now, and I like her. I hope she keeps doing well!

  10. sarah says:

    She’s a breath of fresh air. I don’t understand how people are hating on her…even here in the comments I’m seeing “it’s an act” “she’s annoying”. What will it take to make you people happy?!@

  11. Sandy says:

    You have to look pretty hard to find something NOT to like about this girl. Don’t really know much about her, but she’s adorable. Hope she stays a nice Italian girl from Boca!

  12. Dizzle says:

    She looks like Snooki. Cute.

  13. Mar says:

    I love her. My 6 year old daughter does too and I’m totally ok with that

  14. Meggin says:

    I think she seems nice. I can identify with her because I”m the same way.. what excites people my age doesn’t excite me either. I’d rather sit in my pajamas too. 😉 And it’s not an act for me so it’s probably not for her either!

  15. Lisa says:

    ~*I”m not like other girls*~

  16. Leila in wunderland says:

    I’m glad that her career is doing well. I didn’t think she’d get much attention even though she’s talented, because she’s overshadowed by other, less talented girls her age. I like her. I have Yours Truly. There are a few songs I like. I’m looking forward to her next album, though- I want to see her expand more as an artist.

  17. Duchess of Corolla says:

    Our family loves her. She’s a great singer, and very funny on the Nick shows. It’s nice to have sort of an anti-Miley around. I hope she stays that way!

  18. Kim says:

    If she loves them, she should know they are called macarons…..

  19. May says:

    The photoshopping on that cover photo …

  20. kellyinseattle says:

    Never heard of her…I must be out of the loop…

  21. Estella says:

    I can’t stand her fake voice on Victorious. She has also lost A LOT of weight in the last two years. I hope she is just losing the baby fat. Something in the water isn’t clean here though. Victoria Justice is gorgeous, nice and can sing. Ariana has mediocre talent and looks at best. How did she get a spin-off? Oh, and her outfits look like Mod cloth or Alloy – cheap in other words.