Ariana Grande Celebrates Brother's Sober Milestone

By Kelly Burch 02/22/19

Ariana and Frankie Grande took to social media to celebrate his sober milestone.

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Singer Ariana Grande sent an emotional congratulations to her brother, Frankie Grande, helping him celebrate 20 months without drugs or alcohol. 

Ariana said in a tweet that she struggled to find the words to acknowledge the milestone for her 36-year-old brother. 

"man, i love u @FrankieJGrande. happy. twenty. months. been staring at this drafting n deleting bc everything i write makes me cry. jus know i think you’re a superhero and u make me v proud. everyone knows how hard this is and how strong you’ve been. congratulations and thank god.”

Frankie has previously said that Ariana’s former boyfriend Mac Miller, who died of a drug overdose last September, helped him get sober. 

“He was the reason I went to the rehabilitation center where I was detoxed safely from all of the drugs, alcohol and medications I was taking, when I couldn't imagine living without them,” Frankie said. “It was the place where I found the community of support that showed me that living life without drugs was a possibility and I would have never discovered that if it weren't for Malcolm.”

This week, Frankie took to Instagram to discuss the ways that sobriety has changed his life. 

"i have 20 months sober. i am extremely proud,” he wrote in the post. “this hasn’t been easy. when you get sober... life still happens. you have to deal with all the same highs and lows as you did when you were using but now you don’t have the ability to numb yourself. you feel it. you feel everything. good and bad. but there is also beauty in that. over the past 20 months i have felt loss but i have also felt love. i felt joy but i also felt grief. but the bottom line is... i felt. and that is such a gift. 

Today, Frankie said, he looks forward to the future with excitement, rather than the anxiety he experienced when he was using.

“today, when i look in the mirror i see a completely different man than i did 20 months ago. i see a man who knows that everything is exactly as it is meant to be. a man liberated from the prison of being stuck in the past or obsessing over the future. a man grateful for his life... exactly as it is. a man excited for the next chapter... and ready to face it... no matter what.... sober."

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