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Ariana Grande Says The Most Terrifyingly Awesome Things In Her Billboard Interview

Here are 6 standout quotes from the cover story teaser.

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.

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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.

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