Ariana Grande: ‘I’ve never spoken about [anxiety] because I thought everyone had it’

Ariana Grande covers Vogue UK’s July issue. There’s a lot of buzz over how different she looks with her hair down and blonde and with minimal makeup. She looks like a different person and she’s gorgeous. (She normally is though, you know what I mean.) Her boyfriend and friends think so too. Pete Davidson commented on Ariana’s IG post “I’m the luckiest contest winner ever,” Bella and Gigi Hadid commented “OMG” and Katy Perry wrote “I’ve never seen you like this.” You can see more photos from the shoot in the Instagram post below.

Vogue has some details from Ariana’s interview. She said she has PTSD following the Manchester bombing at her show, in which 22 people were killed and 139 were wounded. Ariana feels guilty even talking about her pain though as she knows other people who were there have it worse. She also revealed that she’s always had anxiety but she didn’t think it was notable as she thought everyone had it.

On having PTSD after the Manchester bombing
“It’s hard to talk about because so many people have suffered such severe, tremendous loss. But, yeah, it’s a real thing. I know those families and my fans, and everyone there experienced a tremendous amount of it as well. Time is the biggest thing. I feel like I shouldn’t even be talking about my own experience – like I shouldn’t even say anything. I don’t think I’ll ever know how to talk about it and not cry.”

On her anxiety
“I think a lot of people have anxiety, especially right now… My anxiety has anxiety… I’ve always had anxiety. I’ve never really spoken about it because I thought everyone had it, but when I got home from tour it was the most severe I think it’s ever been.”

She was back in the studio the day after her concert wrapped in 2017
“Everybody thought I was crazy when I got home and wanted to hit the ground running.”


I can’t imagine not only being in a mass bombing like that and witnessing it but having it be at a show you’re headlining. She’s been through so much. As for her anxiety, I guess if she’s always had it she might not know anything else and would assume everyone felt that way. I’ve only had anxiety the past few years so I know it’s something different for me and not my normal. I understand why she went right back to work after the tragedy though. When things get difficult in my life I focus on work too.

This IG post links to more photos from Ariana’s Vogue shoot.

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  1. LizLemonGotMarried (aka The Hufflepuff Liz Lemon) says:

    I didn’t realize anxiety wasn’t normal until I was in my late twenties. I genuinely thought everyone was just better at managing their lives than me. I was so anxious in many social situations I couldn’t speak-like my throat would close. I had a voice in my head, a running commentary of everything I did wrong, every mistake I made, how I wouldn’t have a job or friends or a husband if I screwed up this one thing… thank goodness for good mental healthcare and my wonderful, patient husband. Panic attacks are no longer a daily or even monthly feature in my life.
    So, yeah…unless you have enough safety and security to talk about it, you might never realize it doesn’t have to be that way. She’s really impressed me over the last year. I have high hopes for her.

  2. Milla says:

    I think we don’t talk, we assume too much. I survived bombing, it wasn’t normal, but people are always oh you were lucky… Nope dude, there’s nothing normal with bombing or what happened in Manchester or Paris or anywhere in Syria.
    PTSD and anxiety are somewhat overlooked cos they are so common, but it doesn’t make those feelings any less scary or dangerous.

  3. Happy21 says:

    She looks a gazillion times better like this! Wow!

  4. me says:

    So many people suffer from anxiety and depression now a days…or maybe lots of people always have but didn’t openly talk about it like we do now. It’s horrible and takes over your life.

    With regards to the pics, of course she is going to look different with blonde hair and freckles plus toned down make-up and no spray tan.

    • FHMom says:

      I came here to say this. I also think the number of young and school age children suffering from anxiety would shock us.

    • Milla says:

      The numbers are rising. This lifestyle we are supposed to have, it’s too fast , too much. Bad food, stress, less family time, less time with friends, too much of everything, including alcohol and drugs, … And mf stigma. People aren’t talking. We say things but we aren’t really listening, cos everything is sooo damn fast and so superficial.

  5. Samab says:

    Aside anxiety,it would need a seriousness that I don’t have now,I scrolled down because I thought the cover wasn’t about her !Go with it immediately Ariana Grande please, it’s fresh and you look amazing and much more natural than what you usually do.

  6. Frizzy and frazzled says:

    I think most people do have anxiety at some point in their lives. Maybe not severe chronic anxiety but more than just the jitters. I experience it after a major life change or health event.

  7. Rori says:

    She is really growing on me. Between her personal growth following the attack, how she handled the aftermath of that event, revealing her (pretty awesome!) sense of humor recently (SNL, instagram comments and captions, and her freaking stellar celebrity impressions on late night), and her general maturity, contrition, and sincerity in the years since licking donuts and being carried like an infant by bodyguards — I like this Ariana.

    Unrelated: she is really undeniably beautiful in my opinion.

  8. Jay says:

    She’s gorgeous. And she totally gets to feel what she feels but I think it shows tremendous sensitivity on her part ot be like I shouldn’t even be saying this because others have it worse. (I mean, she’s wrong, but I get what she was trying to say. She was trying to be respectful and not take away from other victims – those who died and their loved ones. But she was very much victimized too.) I don’t know, I just like her.

  9. Grant says:

    Love her.

    • otaku fairy says:

      I do too. Her upcoming album is another one I’m looking forward to this summer.