Sure, Ariana Grande looks super composed — even perfect, you could argue — on the September Seventeen cover, but she’s also using the opportunity to let fans in to see every side of her, even the messy parts.
In her cover story — which hits newsstands on August 5 — the three-time VMA nominee talks about the struggles of being in the spotlight. In addition to opening up about her insecurity — which she admits is “the hardest thing I’ve had to overcome” — the “Problem” singer also touches on her strained relationship with her dad, who she admits she has “fallen out of touch with” in the past year.
“It’s private, but it happened last year. It took me so long to be okay with it,” she said, when asked about the toughest thing she’s had to deal with since entering the spotlight. “The thing that got me there was embracing the fact that that I am made up of half my dad, and a lot of my traits come from him. So much of me comes from my father, and for so long, I didn’t like that about myself. I had to accept that it’s OK not to get along with somebody and still love them.”
While she’s not close with her father, Ariana has been open about the role her grandfather, who passed away earlier this month, has played in her life. It’s a relationship she talked about in her cover story, too — though the interview was before his passing.
“He was like, ’You’re a star, I know in my heart you’re going to make this family so proud. You’re a blessing,'” she said of how her grandfather has motivated her. “And I was like, oh my god, and started crying, and I trusted it.”