Ariana Grande is used to belting about having ‘one less, one less problem’ — but the pop star is currently singing a different tune as she’s found herself facing one major dilemma. Yep, you know we’re talking about Donutgate.
After all of the backlash Ariana Grande has received for not-so-secretly licking doughnuts and proclaiming her hatred for America during a trip to Lake Elsinore, CA’s Wolfee Donuts on July 4, the 22-year-old has some serious regret about her rude behavior. While she wishes she could take it all back, a source tells HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY that the songbird thinks that all the negative reaction to the incident is “overboard.”
“Ariana regrets what she did, she knows it was stupid and not the kind of example she wants to set. But at this point she feels like people are going way overboard,” a source tells HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY.
Those who are putting Miss Grande on blast? Well, basically 100% of the Twitterverse, Rob Lowe and Joe Marin — the owner of Wolfee Donuts, who is reportedly pushing to have her pressed with criminal charges for cross contamination.
“They’re acting like she committed a felony or something and she feels very attacked,” our insider explains. “She’s human she has feelings, people are being really mean at this point, it’s upsetting.” Well, Ari — maybe you should think before you lick next time.
Obviously, Ariana is well aware of how disgraceful her actions were. Hence, the lengthy apology she issued on July 8, 4 days after Donutgate went down. While she didn’t necessarily say sorry for putting her tongue on the pastries, she made her best attempt to prove her patriotism — regardless of how anti-American her remarks seemed to be.
Ariana’s rep sent her statement to HollywoodLife and it reads:
“I am EXTREMELY proud to be an American and I’ve always made it clear that I love my country. What I said in a private moment with my friend, who was buying the donuts, was taken out of context and I am sorry for not using more discretion with my choice of words. As an advocate for healthy eating, food is very important to me and I sometimes get upset by how freely we as Americans eat and consume things without giving any thought to the consequences that it has on our health and society as a whole. The fact that the United States has the highest child obesity rate in the world frustrates me. We need to do more to educate ourselves and our children about the dangers of overeating and the poison we put in our bodies. We need to demand more from our food industry. However I should have known better in how I expressed myself; and with my new responsibility to others as a public figure I will strive to be better. As for why I cannot be at the MLB show, I have had emergency oral surgery and due to recover I cannot attend the show. I hope to make it up to all those fans soon. That being said let me once again apologize if I have offended anyone with my poor choice of words.”
HollywoodLifers — do YOU think the reaction to Ariana’s Donutgate has been overboard? Let us know your thoughts!
— Evan Real