Ariana Grande Breaks Down In Honest Interview About Mental Health After Manchester

"People don't pay attention to what's happening inside."

On Friday, Ariana Grande spoke to Beats 1 to promote her new album Sweetener, and became emotional as she spoke about the importance of mental health and how she's coping in the months since the Manchester bombing.

Interviewer Ebro Darden brought up Grande's song "Get Well Soon," which clocks in at 5:22 in what some believe to be reference to the date of last year's attack at the singer's concert. Grande, who has been open about her experience with anxiety and PTSD, shared that the song is about "helping each other through scary times."


"Mental health is so important," Grande said through tears. "People don't pay enough mind to it, because we have things to do. We have schedules, we have jobs, we have kids and places to be, and pressure to fit in ... People don't pay attention to what's happening inside."

She said she wanted to "give people a hug musically," referencing a lyric in "Get Well Soon" in which she tells the listener, "When you need someone to pull you out the bubble / I'll be right there just to hug you, I'll be there."

The singer also spoke about how her life has changed since the bombing. She said she wanted to finish her tour "to set an example for my fans, who are fearless enough to show up," but added that "the truth is that it's fucking scary."

Grande has supported her fans through more than just her music in the aftermath of last year's tragedy. Shortly after the attack, she organized One Love Manchester, a benefit concert which raised millions for the victims. The city of Manchester responded by making her an honorary citizen.

But Grande also made sure to take care of herself as well as her fans. "When I started to take care of myself more, then came balance, and freedom, and joy. It poured out into the music," she recently told Time, sharing that she also went to therapy. "I felt more inclined to tap into my feelings because I was spending more time with them."

Hear what Grande had to say in her interview with Beats 1 below:

(H/T: HuffPost)


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