Lest you think that Ariana Grande was all sunshine and cupcake dresses since birth, she actually had a pretty heavy #dark streak growing up. As a recovering ninth-grade goth (Eyeliner? Check. Dyed black hair? Check. Siouxsie And The Banshees poster over my bed? Check. Fingerless fishnet gloves? To be honest, check.), this pleases me.
Last night, Billboard released a sneak peek at their upcoming cover story on the “Break Free” singer. And while I loved learning about Ariana’s varied pop-cultural points of reference — ranging from Connie Francis and India.Arie to Marlene Dietrich and Madonna — I couldn’t help but obsess over the slightly morbid gothic flawlessness emanating from many of her quotes. Here are a few of my faves.
1.) Ariana describes herself as “a very weird little girl.”
2.) “I was like a mini-Helena Bonham Carter.”
3.) “I always wanted to have face paint on or be wearing a Freddy Krueger mask…”
4.) “…and I would carry a hockey stick around.”
5.) “For my fifth birthday party we had a ‘Jaws’ theme…”
6.) “…and all my friends left crying.”
Do you think she’ll bring any of that dark energy to her VMA performance?
I can’t wait to find out.