Ariana Grande is Billboard Magazine’s new cover star.
To celebrate Grande’s album Dangerous Woman dropping on Friday, which is expected to debut with solid figures and at No. 1, she’s appearing on Billboard and opening up about a bunch of hot-topics – like sexism, love, fame, Selena Gomez and that infamous line from Kanye West’s song “Famous” where he calls out Taylor Swift.
“If you’re going to rave about how sexy a male artist looks with his shirt off, and a woman decides to get in her panties or show her boobies for a photo shoot, she needs to be treated with the same awe and admiration. I will say it until I’m an old-ass lady with my tits out at Whole Foods. I’ll be in the produce aisle, naked at 95, with a sensible ponytail, one strand of hair left on my head and a Chanel bow. Mark my words. See you there with my 95 dogs.”
“A 22-year-old girl comes into her own trying to balance growing up, love and a lot of other bullshit along the way.”
“The Super Bunny is my superhero, or supervillain — whatever I’m feeling on the day. Whenever I doubt myself or question choices I know in my gut are right — because other people are telling me other things — I’m like, ‘What would that bad bitch Super Bunny do?’ She helps me call the shots.”
“I have a bunch of really dope friends I’ve known since elementary school. They think it’s funny that people want to take pictures with me at Starbucks, because it is — it’s weird. They’re going to keep me healthy and humble. I still feel like Ariana from Boca [Raton] who loves musical theater and dogs. I’m just working now.”
Fame (and Selena Gomez):
“I’ll never be able to swallow the fact that people feel the need to attach a successful woman to a man when they say her name. I saw a headline — draw your own conclusions [on the subjects] because it’ll be so much drama that I don’t want — they called someone another someone’s ex, and that pissed me off. This person has had so many great records in the last year, and she hasn’t been dating him forever. Call her by her name! I hate that. Like, I’m fuming. Sorry. You opened up … I need to take a sip of water and breathe. Don’t get me started on this shit.”
Kanye’s “Famous” line about Taylor Swift:
“I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex/Why? I made that bitch famous.”
“I’m conflicted. It’s a serious thing to joke about, but at the same time, a lot of artists use humor in their music. I mean, yes, it’s hard to listen to. But I’m obsessed with Kanye’s album. I’m obsessed with Taylor’s album. There are some cringe-worthy topics on his, but it’s part of Kanye. He’s a fantastic artist.”