Ariana Grande Gives Mental Health Update During 'Sweetener' Tour

By Maggie Ethridge 07/11/19

Grande took to Instagram to address her recent public display of emotion during her Sweetener world tour.

Ariana Grande

While on her Sweetener world tour, Ariana Grande went on Instagram to give an update on her mental health.

During a July performance in Missouri, Grande had a moment, holding back tears while singing "R.E.M." The song was co-written by Pharrell Williams and some speculate it was written about Pete Davidson, Grande’s ex-boyfriend.

Grateful for This Music

“Tour is wild,” Grande began. “Life is wild. I’m grateful for the sea of love I have around me everyday and for the people who come to these shows and give all of us every ounce of energy they’ve got… I’m grateful for my voice and my team. I’m grateful for this music.”

In the now-deleted post, Grande said she was grateful for “the opportunity to sing to thousands of people every night. It's a dream come true. No matter how hard it gets or how many feelings come up that are screaming at me to be processed and sorted through one day, I'm grounded by gratitude and promise not to give up on what I've started."

Overcome With Emotion

"I feel everything very intensely,” she said, “and have committed to doing this tour during a time in my life when I'm still processing a lot… so sometimes I cry a lot!"

"I thank you for accepting my humanness,” she told her fans. “I'm not sure what I did to deserve to meet so many loving souls every night / to feel so much love, but I want you to know that it really does carry me through," she added. "I feel it and appreciate it."

Grande has been recovering from two horrific blows. First, her concert in Manchester, United Kingdom, was attacked by a suicide bomber, killing 22 civilians. Grande was left unhurt but traumatized, and grieving for the fans who lost their lives.

In September 2018, Mac Miller, Grande’s ex-boyfriend, overdosed on opioids and died.

"If You Are Hurting...You Are Not Alone"

Grande reached out to her fans more directly at the end of her message. "If you are hurting, you can push through and are not alone."

"It is hard to balance taking care of the people around you, doing your job, and the same time…but I want you to know...I think you're doing great."

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Maggie May Ethridge is the author of Atmospheric Disturbances: Scenes From a Marriage (Shebooks, 2014) and the recently completed novel, Agitate My Heart. She is a freelance writer published in Rolling Stone, VOX, Washington Post, The Guardian and many others. Find her at her blog Flux Capacitor or on LinkedIn or Twitter.