How Ariana Grande Is Changing Things Up To Protect Her Mental Health

By David Konow 04/02/19

Grande got candid about the emotional impact of nonstop performing and promotional tours on Instagram.

Ariana Grande

Pop star Ariana Grande opened up about how she's changing her music-release strategy in order to preserve her mental health.

Over the past few years—from the bombing after her show in Manchester, England, which left 22 people dead, to the death of her former boyfriend, rapper Mac Miller—Grande has publicly dealt with a variety of life-changing events. 

Now Grande is making some changes to put less pressure on herself as she moves forward in her career. On Instagram, Grande thanked her fans “for being supportive of my random, impulsive and excessive music releases. The first few years were really hard on my mental health and energy. I was so tired from promo trips and was always losing my voice and never knew what city I was in when I woke up. It was so much. It was worth it, and I am grateful for everything I learned and accomplished when I did things that way, of course.”

Grande is planning to release music on a less rigid schedule that won’t be as mentally and emotionally taxing for the singer.

“I feel like there are certain standards that pop women are held to that men aren’t,” the singer told Billboard. “We have to do the teaser before the single, then do the single, and wait to do the preoder… and all this (expletive). It’s just like, ‘Bruh, I just want to [expletive] talk to my fans and sing and write music and drop it the way the boys do.”

If releasing new singles at her own pace doesn’t bring her the same success as her single, “Thank U, Next,” Grande is fine with that.

“It’s even more beautiful to be honest and just do something. To drop a record on a Saturday night because you feel like it, and because your heart’s going to explode if you don’t—to take back your narrative…I don’t want to do what people tell me to do, I don’t want to conform to the pop star agenda.”

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