Ariana Grande has turned her back on Catholicism and Christianity in general. Apparently, Pope Benedict was behind her losing her religion when he made statements she found unacceptable.
It isn't uncommon for musicians to turn their back on religion, especially in the heavy metal scene. Nearly every famous heavy metal vocalist rebelled against their religious upbringing to get into the music business, including James Hetfield of Metallica, and Brian Warner of Marilyn Manson.
A pop singer abandoning their faith is not something you hear about regularly, though. Grande was one who went her own way after the previous Pope made statements about pop culture and various groups that she didn't agree with.
Growing up a Roman Catholic, the pop singer kept hearing things from the church which made her question her beliefs. First it was gay marriage, then SpongeBob SquarePants; she felt it was getting ridiculous and she'd had enough.
It is unknown if Grande might change her mind since Pope Benedict stepped down and made way for a more lenient Pope Francis, but the damage may have already been done.
Ariana Grande told the press recently about her change in beliefs:
"I was born Roman Catholic but I lost faith when the Pope decided to tell me everything I loved and believed in was wrong. The church said (cartoon character) Spongebob Squarepants is gay and he's a sinner and he should burn in hell. And Harry Potter was a sin. And working women. I was like 'Enough! First the gays, then Spongebob and now Harry Potter? Get out my house!' I was not having it. And the working woman thing? It was a moment for me. I needed something else to believe in."Since then, the "Baby I" singer has converted to Kabbalah, an offshoot of Judaism made popular by Madonna and Demi Moore. She says the basis lies in the idea that if you're kind to others, good things will happen to you.
Considering how Madonna reportedly treats the people she works with and among, it doesn't seem that she's that good a role model. The same can be said for Demi Moore, whose tendency to demand massive settlements in her divorce cases isn't kind at all. We can only hope that Grande is taking her own path and will give future converts a more positive role model.
Yet another celebrity abandons their original religion, with Ariana Grande citing Pope Benedict as the reason she left the Catholic church.
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