Happy Birthday, Ariana Grande! The gorgeous singer turns 23 on June 26, and in honor of the big day, we’re looking back at her epic year. Click through the gallery to relive the ups — and even some downs — right here!
What a year it’s been for Ariana Grande! Even though she started 22 with that big Donutgate scandal, she ended the year right back on top, and in honor of her 23rd birthday, we’re reminiscing on it all. We’ve rounded up the highs and lows of Ari’s year, and you can take a trip down memory lane with us right here!
Things didn’t get off to a good start after Ariana’s last birthday — over the July 4 weekend, cameras caught her licking donuts on display at a shop in California! She was totally slammed for the disgusting move, and her apology didn’t do anything to lessen the criticism.
Following this “scandal,” Ari decided to lay low for a bit, but luckily, she had her new boyfriend, Ricky Alvarez, who’s also her backup dancer, to help her through it. Ricky was with her on the night of Donutgate, and has been by her side throughout the entire year. “We’re happy. I’m a very happy girl,” the birthday girl gushed in May. “I have a healthy life right now.”
After months of laying low, Ariana finally announced in September that she had new music coming. Then, when Scream Queens premiered, everyone was talking about her again — even if she was killed off in the very first episode! She released her comeback single “Focus” in October, and has been killin’ it with her music ever since, with her album, Dangerous Woman, dropping May 20.
Unfortunately, throughout all these great successes, there were some less proud moments. After all, she did trip on the red carpet at the Billboard Music Awards…and she also had a phone thrown at her on stage. But, at the same time, she got to perform with Madonna, and totally nailed an impressions skit on Saturday Night Live. Overall, this year was definitely a total win for Ari!
HollywoodLifers, what was your favorite moment of Ariana’s year? What do you think she’ll have coming up before her next birthday?!