Ariana Grande is fighting back with “love,” and lots of it, in the wake of mounting reports of a diva attitude and the latest claim alleging the songstress said she hoped her fans would “all f–king die!”
Clearly deciding enough is enough, the 21-year-old star took to Twitter yesterday to (non-specifically) address the noise.
“Man some of these rumors that have been coming out about me lately actually have me laughing out loud,” Grande tweeted. “Really can’t take em seriously.”
Then, in typical Ariana fashion, the octave-scaling artist punched out a sequence of tweets that may come across to many as overkill.
“sooner or later ppl will realize that what u put out is what u get back. the lies/hate etc. give love & I promise life will treat u better :)!” the petite starlet continued.
“I’ve said this before but I promise it’s true. what u focus on expands. what u put out, u get back. live for love & your life will be pretty.”
“love love love love love. k? n here’s some more love for u. even those who are unkind. here’s some love for u too. u need it most.”
“not to quote rent but ima boutta quote rent. share love. give luv. spread luv. measure ur life in luv. (I quoted rent & I’m not apologizing),” Grande quipped.
Then, just in case the theme wasn’t quite going over, the “My Everything” singer capped her love-centric tweets with — you guessed it — more love.
“I love u, p.s. I’m home. bought a new suitcase in Japan to take all my notes/gifts from u luvs home thank u for another memorable trip.. love u so.”
More than one media commentator has since said Grande appears to be “laying it on a bit too thick.”
The question is: will it be enough to silence the negative rumor mill that appears ready to call time on Grande’s career?
Given the serious allegation reported by the New York Daily News, a formal statement by Ariana’s rep will need to be made. On the other hand, while Grande’s tweets regarding the rumors are chocolate candy-coated, they are also like every other tweet she’s ever sent.
According to The News’ Confidenti@l, during a visit to a Manhattan radio station over the summer, “The Way” starlet dissed fans once they were out of earshot.
“She did autographs and pics and was all smiles until she got into the elevator,” a source reportedly told The News. “And as soon as the doors shut she said, ‘I hope they all f–die.'”
The claim follows a ton of other alleged diva antics. On September 9, E!’s Giuliana Rancic claimed Grande elbowed her out of the way before an interview at last year’s AMAs, just to ensure the camera got her “good [left] side.”
The Hollywood Gossip astutely notes the E! network is known for its celebrity-friendly tone as their access track record indicates, therefore, it’s unlikely Giuliana isn’t telling the truth.
Rancic said of her alleged AMAs encounter with Grande, “I just felt like it’s one thing if it’s Mariah. Whatever it takes to get Mariah to do an interview.”
“But when you’re new on the block, when you’re trying to earn your stripes, you’re young, you just gotta do what you gotta do.Try to earn a great reputation, try to go overboard to please people.”
Well, Grande’s tweets can certainly be read as going overboard, so there’s that.
Diva reports also emerged after Ariana took her “Honeymoon Tour” to Australia. During a meet-and-greet, journalists were allegedly handed a list of no-go topics. These included her dating life, comparisons to Mariah Carey, Justin Bieber rumors and her collaboration with him, her canceled Nickelodeon show, former co-star Jennette McCury and her late grandfather.
It’s also claimed photographers were told not to use natural light and to only shoot Ariana from her left side. The singer allegedly insisted on seeing one photographer’s photos after every take and — at one point — left the session and failed to return. One photographer was allegedly strong-armed by a bodyguard to hand over his equipment while trying to get into his vehicle.
Last week, Ariana denied the meet-and-greet/photo shoot claims on the Australian radio show “Mike E & Emma.” Her manager Scooter Braun also defended her on Twitter.
Before that, UK tabloid The Daily Star claimed sources said the singer acted like “a total nightmare” at the recent Stand Up To Cancer benefit. Organizers told E! News the claim was “completely false.”
It’s also claimed Grande’s team offered a $495 photo op for fans at meet-and-greets on her tour, but only for groups of four to six people, not individuals.
Confidenti@l cites one purported industry insider, who said of this, “Really? Bieber, Miley, Britney, Katy Perry all did individual pics when they sold these packages.”
Grande’s tweets indicate she’s meeting the heat with “love” and denying the claims. But perhaps – going forward – a less is more approach in general from Grande and her team would serve them well at this early stage of her career.
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