Ariana Grande wants to clarify what she meant by saying "I hate America" in a video that surfaced online Tuesday. The singer offered a statement for Us Weekly on Wednesday (July 8), a day after TMZ obtained a surveillance video of Ari goofing around in a donut shop.
The clip showed Grande with rumored boyfriend Ricky Alvarez and some friends, daring each other to lick powdered donuts. When a tray of freshly prepared confection was placed on the counter in front of her, she said "I hate America" in disgust, just like one does if they're presented with a pizza-crepe-taco-pancake-chili-bag from Taco Town. With rumors that she pulled out of her MLB All-Star Game performance because of the video (her rep says it's because she needs to recover from wisdom teeth surgery), Grande said this in a statement:
"I am EXTREMELY proud to be an American and I’ve always made it clear that I love my country. What I said in a private moment with my friend, who was buying the donuts, was taken out of context and I am sorry for not using more discretion with my choice of words. As an advocate for healthy eating, food is very important to me and I sometimes get upset by how freely we as Americans eat and consume things without giving any thought to the consequences that it has on our health and society as a whole. The fact that the United States has one of the highest child obesity rate in the world frustrates me. We need to do more to educate ourselves and our children about the dangers of overeating and the poison that we put into our bodies. We need to demand more from our food industry. However I should have known better in how I expressed myself; and with my new responsibility to others as a public figure I will strive to be better. As for why I cannot be at the MLB show, I have had emergency oral surgery and due to recovery I cannot attend the show. I hope to make it up to all those fans soon. That being said let me once again apologize if I have offended anyone with my poor choice of words."
There you go. Ariana Grande: lover of America and a plant-based diet, always.