Ariana Grande is done with the body-shaming comments. For the past few weeks, social media has been discussing the star's figure. Many of her fans were concerned about her, and others even alleged that she had an eating disorder. On April 11, 2023, the “7 Rings” singer took to TikTok to address the baseless rumors. "Hi, everyone, I have made my coffee, I'm on my way to work soon. I just wanted to come on, and, I don't do this often. I don't like it, I'm not good at it," she said.
"I just wanted to address your concerns about my body and talk a little bit about what it means to be a person with a body and to be seen and to be paid such close attention to.”
“I think we could be – I think we should be gentler and less comfortable commenting on peoples' bodies, no matter what. If you think you're saying something good or well-intentioned, whatever it is,” she later added, “We should really work [on] not doing that as much.” Ariana explains that “there are ways to compliment someone or to ignore something that you see that you don't like.”
According to Ariana, she's currently at her healthiest, yet her fans are comparing her to a past version of herself that needed healing. “But I just also wanted to say one, there are many different kinds of beautiful. There are many different ways to look healthy and beautiful. I know personally, for me, the body that you've been comparing my current body to was the unhealthiest version of my body,” the 29-year-old reveals. “I was on a lot of antidepressants and drinking on them and eating poorly and at the lowest point of my life when I looked the way you consider my 'healthy.'”
“The second thing is, you never know what someone is going through. So even if you are coming from a loving place and a caring place,” she continues, “that person probably is working on it or has a support system they are working on it with. You never know. So be gentle with each other and with yourselves.”
“Sending you guys a lot of love, and I think you're beautiful no matter what you're going through. No matter what weight. No matter how you like to do your makeup these days, no matter what cosmetic procedures you've had or not. Or, anything,” she concludes. “Yeah, I just think you're beautiful and wanted to share some feelings. Have a very beautiful day, and I'm sending you a lot of love."
Ariana's body has always been a topic of discussion, even when she was only a teen. In 2020, she had to face negative comments again when she was deemed "too fat" after a photo of her looking healthy was uploaded on the internet. Now, she's apparently "too skinny" or looks "sickly," according to some users. These harmful discussions surrounding Ariana's body show us how women are constantly judged for their appearance, and I'm sad to say that this type of behavior probably won't stop anytime soon unless we all do a better job at calling out.
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