Rumours about Ariana Grande’s health and personal life have been swirling the Internet the last few months.
Fans have been comparing Grande’s transformation to past photos of the star and drawn the conclusion that she’s lost too much weight.
It’s also been insinuated that the stress of her relationship with Dalton Gomez has contributed to the change in her appearance. Some fans have even alleged that Grande and her husband are in the midst of a divorce after Gomez deleted his Instagram account and Grande was spotted without her wedding ring.
While Grande hasn’t commented on the status of her relationship, she has shared a video to her TikTok account addressing the comments about her body.
“I don’t do this often. I don’t like it. I’m not good at it. 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 paid such close attention to,” she said in the video.
“I think we should be gentler and less comfortable commenting on people’s bodies no matter what,” she continued. “[Even] if you think you’re saying something good and well-intentioned.”
“Whatever it is; healthy, unhealthy, big, small, this, that, sexy, not sexy. We just shouldn’t. We should really work towards not doing that as much,” she implored her fans. “There are ways to compliment someone or to ignore something you see that you don’t like that I think we should help each other work towards. To aim towards being safer and keeping each other [safe].”
“There are many different kinds of ‘beautiful’. There are many ways to look healthy and beautiful,” she went on to say.
“I know personally for me, the body that you’ve been comparing my current body to was the unhealthiest version of my body,” she confessed. “I was on a lot of antidepressants and drinking on them and eating poorly.”
“[I was] at the lowest points of my life when I looked the way you consider my ‘healthy’, she said. “That, in fact, wasn’t my ‘healthy’.”
“I know I shouldn’t have to explain that, but I do feel that by having some openness or vulnerability, something good might come from it,” she continued.
“You never know what someone’s going through,” she said kindly. “Even if you are coming from a loving place and a caring place, that person is probably working on it or has a support system that they are working on it with, and you never know, so be gentle with each other and with yourselves.”
“I just wanted to extend some love your way,” she concluded. “No matter what phase you’re in.”
Watch the full clip below:
Briar is the Beauty Editor at BEAUTYcrew. Her 'down for anything' attitude has resulted in more than a handful of hair transformations, and she doesn't mind being used as a guinea pig for the industry's most unusual products and treatments. Her work has also appeared on Refinery29, Girlfriend and beautyheaven.