Ariana, you are at the top of your game, with your huge hits ‘Break Free’ and ‘Bang Bang’ on top of the charts. Unfortunately, when you rise high, people take pot shots. But don’t let them rain on your parade!
Ariana Grande, you’ve been the victim of nasty rumors about diva behavior lately, but you can’t let the haters get you down.
Ariana Grande: Ignore Haters & Keep Moving Ahead Despite Diva Accusations
Sadly, it’s a typical scenario, especially for women, that when you become hugely successful, there are always jealous people who want to tear you down.
All the nasty new stories claim pretty much the same thing — that you only want to be photographed from your left side, that you don’t like meeting your fans and that you actually said, “I hope they all f**king die,” that you’re grouchy and generally diva-like.
Now Ariana, these diva claims are nothing new to practically every successful female singer. J.Lo, Mariah Carey, Madonna, Diana Ross, Beyonce, Whitney Houston and Barbara Streisand have all been accused of exactly the same transgressions.
For some reason, it’s women who take the brunt of these kind of high and mighty accusations.
Maybe it’s because as women, we are more sensitive to how we look and we genuinely think we look better from one side. I have to say Ariana, that when our HollywoodLife.com fashion director, Katrina Mitzeliotis, interviewed you on the red carpet at The Style Awards, you did ask if we wouldn’t mind shooting you from your left side.
But you couldn’t have been nicer about it. You were totally sweet and fun to talk to! Not a diva, in the least.
In fact, HollywoodLife.com has interacted with you several times and you’ve always been lovely. These accusations are a complete puzzle to us.
The word has been out that there’s a disgruntled ex-employee spreading tall tales about you, and maybe that’s true. But it also just does seem to be a recurring theme in the world of celebrity. When a young female talent — and you are just 21 — has a meteoric rise and gains millions of fans and accolades, suddenly she supposedly transforms from an angel into a monster.
Well, Ariana, you can’t let the mudslingers slow you down. You are an incredibly hard worker who just performed on SNL, at the MTV VMAs, on the Today show, at the iHeartRadio Music Festival, at the Stand Up To Cancer concert/telethon and at the Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular.
You’re so busy and under so much public pressure for a very young person — I don’t even know how you keep it all together. Even mature performers with years of experience under their belts would crack under your never-ending workload.
And on top of that, you’ve endured the huge loss of your beloved grandfather, who was your hero and rock to lean on.
Ariana Grande: Be Gracious & Kind To Your Fans
But despite all of that, you’ve kept on going, sounding and looking beautiful and poised, despite the stresses.
I don’t think people realize, too, the care that has to go into preserving a voice like yours. You can’t exactly go around yelling and screaming, let alone talking to hundreds of fans in a day. You literally aren’t supposed to talk for long periods – you have to rest your voice.
Ariana, it’s hard to defend yourself against these awful claims and you’ve done it the best way you know how, by tweeting directly to your fans. You tweeted on Sept. 16:
sooner or later ppl will realize that what u put out is what u get back. the lies/hate etc. give love & I promise life will treat u better😊💜
— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) September 17, 2014
You can’t really stoop to tweeting or responding to every catty attack. So I think you just have to go with the proof is in the pudding route.
Disprove your haters by being gracious to the fans you run into and the people you work with. Yes, sign autographs, take pictures and smile — even when you’re exhausted. Your fans are super important. Never forget that.
You are a beloved public figure and realistically do have to continue to go the extra mile to fight the diva image when you’re in public.
It’s disheartening for you to have to deal with this but don’t let it get you down. Just hold your head high and keep on being a star!
HollywoodLifers, do you think Ariana should ignore the haters or allow them to get her down? Let me know.
— Bonnie Fuller
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