Ariana Grande may be petite in stature but she is proving to be huge in voice.
In a new cover story for ELLE magazine, the international pop star spoke passionately about the “tough, wild, chaotic time” the U.S. is facing in their current political climate.
“Everyone has to have uncomfortable conversations with their relatives. Instead of unfriending people on Facebook who share different political views, comment! Have a conversation! Try to spread the f**king light,” she shared.
The “No Tears Left To Cry” singer has never been one to shy away from expressing her stance on feminism and anti-Trumpism, as well as her alignment with gun reform and Black Lives Matter. Grande told ELLE that she’s faced — and still faces — backlash on a daily basis when it comes to speaking out about those issues.
“There’s a lot of noise when you say anything about anything. But if I’m not going to say it, what’s the f**king point of being here?” Grande said. “Not everyone is going to agree with you but that doesn’t mean I’m just going to shut up and sing my songs. I’m also going to be a human being who cares about other human beings; to be an ally and use my privilege to help educate people.”
Grande also feels her role as an artist is to “not only help people and comfort them, but also push people to think differently, raise questions, and push their boundaries mentally.”
Having just passed the one-year anniversary of the Manchester concert attack that took the lives of 22 people, the “Into You” hitmaker candidly and emotionally discussed her feelings following the tragedy.
“When I got home from tour, I had really wild dizzy spells, this feeling like I couldn’t breathe. I would be in a good mood, fine and happy, and they would hit me out of nowhere,” Grande said. “I’ve always had anxiety, but it had never been physical before. There were a couple of months straight where I felt so upside down.”
In the immediate aftermath, Grande organized the One Love Manchester benefit concert, raising over $23 million for the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund for those affected by the attack.
“You hear about these things, you see it on the news, you tweet the hashtag. It’s happened before, and it’ll happen again. It makes you sad, you think about it for a little, and then people move on,” she expressed, “but experiencing something like that firsthand, you think of everything differently…everything is different.”
Although the 25-year-old admitted that getting back on stage was terrifying for her, she credits her fans for being her primary source of courage.
“Why would I second-guess getting on a f**king stage and being there for them? That city, and their response? That changed my life,” Grande said.
Grande also joined ELLE to play a few rounds of “Song Association”, a singing game where the player is given a word and has 10 seconds to sing a line containing that same word.
One of those words was “dream,” and the 24-year-old gave her fans a sneak peek of a new song called “r.e.m.”, which will appear on her upcoming album “Sweetener”, out August 17.
“Why you such a dream to me/Before you speak don’t walk/’Cause I don’t want to wake up,” she sang.
However, fans won’t have to wait too long for new music from the pop star after she took to Twitter to announce that her highly-anticipated single, “God Is a Woman”, will be released on July 13.
Watch Grande show off her pitch perfect vocals in the video below.
For the full interview with Ariana, check out the August issue of ELLE, on newsstands July 24.