Ariana Grande discusses everything from dating fellow celebrities to learning “not to give a s**t” as she chats to Billboard in a new interview.
The 25-year-old, who split from her ex-fiancé Pete Davidson in October, definitely hasn’t had the easiest couple of years.
She says when asked about finding comfort in creating music: “I guess there’s not much I’m afraid of anymore. When life tries you with such serious s**t so many times, your priorities change. I don’t give a s**t. I just want to be happy and healthy — one day — and make music.”
The musician, who’s been named Billboard‘s Woman of the Year, goes on to talk about getting involved in public romances, telling the mag: “This is how I meet people — I can’t just, like, meet someone at a bar. I live fast and full-out, and I make mistakes, and I learn from them and I’m grateful no matter what happens.”
Not ending the candid interview there, Grande also talks about gender disparity in the music industry, insisting she hopes for a day when men and women get equal opportunities.
“I would just love to see a chart with as many women on top as men,” she adds. “It’s just so male-dominated. It’s so easy for them. There are so many unbelievable female artists out there that try so much harder.”
She continues releasing music on her own terms: “My dream has always been to be — obviously not a rapper, but, like, to put out music in the way that a rapper does. I feel like there are certain standards that pop women are held to that men aren’t.”
“We have to do the teaser before the single, then do the single, and wait to do the pre-order, and radio has to impact before the video, and we have to do the discount on this day, and all this s**t. It’s just like, ‘Bruh, I just want to f**king talk to my fans and sing and write music and drop it the way these boys do. Why do they get to make records like that and I don’t?’ So I do and I did and I am, and I will continue to.”