Ariana Grande Is One Of The Biggest Pop Stars In The World, But Is Her Personal Life Even Bigger?

December 17, 2018 By Jordan Miller

We can’t take our eyes off of Ariana Grande.

Ariana has had the No. 1 song in the country for several weeks now, but despite critical and commercial acclaim for “Thank U, Next,” which broke several coveted streaming records on Spotify and YouTube, her personal life has become a spectacle that none of us can take our eyes off of.

It’s not a problem the pint sized pop star is unaware of. During her acceptance speech for Woman of The Year at Billboard’s  Women in Music event earlier this month, Ariana said 2018 was the best year in her life professionally, and the worst personally.  

“This is really special. I want to say that I find it interesting that this has been one of the best years in my career and one of, like, the worst years in my life,” Grande said. “I’m just saying that because I feel like a lot of people would look at someone in my position right now,  Woman of the Year, an artist that could be at her peak, reaching her, you know, whatever, and think, you know, ‘She’s really got her sh*t together, she’s really on it, she has got it all.’”

She added, “I do, but as far as my personal life goes, I really have no idea what the f**k I am doing,” the singer continued. “So yeah, it’s been a very conflicting one. I just want to say if you’re someone out there who has no idea what this next chapter is going to bring, you’re not alone in that.”

Following the death of ex-boyfriend Mac Miller, Ariana and ex-fiance Pete Davidson split. The SNL actor received an avalanche of hate from Ariana fans following their separation, and it took a toll on his mental health. 

Over the weekend, Davidson posted an alarming plea for help on Instagram. “i really don’t want to be on this earth anymore. i’m doing my best to stay here for you but i actually don’t know how much longer i can last,” he said.

Ariana reportedly rushed to NBC’s SNL set to console Davidson in person, but according to TMZ she was denied entrance. 

Grande also inserted herself into Kanye West and Drake’s Twitter war. Kanye accused Drake of bullying and mocking him. “Guys, I know there are grown men arguing online rn but miley and I are dropping our beautiful, new songs tonight so if y’all could please jus behave for just like a few hours so the girls can shine that’d be so sick thank u,” Grande Tweeted.

It sparked a response from Kanye, who said Ariana’s Tweet took a toll on his mental health. The recurring theme here is eerie.

“I know Ariana said this to be cool and didn’t mean no harm but I don’t like even slightest level of slight commentary from someone I know loves and respects me.”

He continued: “All of this foolishness weighed on my mental health so @ArianaGrande you know I got love for you but until you’re ready to really make sure everyone’s ok don’t use me or this moment to promote a song.”

Is Ariana Grande’s personal life splashed across the Internet so frequently because of how exceptional her music performs across the globe, or are listeners streaming the new tunes more than ever because her personal life is like a cinematic romantic tragedy? Or both? 

There’s no denying Ariana possesses one of the  voices of our generation, but I’m not convinced her music would perform as well as it does if it wasn’t so intricately tied to her day-to-day.

That’s actually a very precarious and honest place to be in career-wise. We expect our pop stars to entertain us, but it appears to be at the expense of their happiness. Ariana’s relationships with Mac Miller and Pete Davidson inspired countless stories (and dollars) across the web, but it also took center stage on “Thank U, Next.” That real life angst translated into a pop song helped sky rocket Ariana’s already stratospheric fame to new heights. Her personal and public personas are deeply integrated, and that creates peaks and valleys for the singer in both aspects of her life. Would Ariana be as successful in her career if her personal life wasn’t so public? Would we be as invested in the tunes if her breakups weren’t a twisted guilty pleasure? “Thank U, Next” made waves not only because of the catchy hooks, but because it was a comment on her relationships. 

We can’t have Ariana the pop star without the heartache, and that’s a tough spot to be in for a dangerous woman.