Before we can discuss if Ariana Grande is an actual diva, we need to determine the true definition of a diva. According to Webster’s Dictionary a diva is a “prima donna,” — a vain and temperamental person.
According to Buzz Feed, there have been multiple claims that Ariana Grande has indeed rightfully acquired a bad diva reputation as of late by being rude to fans, insisting on only being photographed from the left side (and asking for photos to be deleted that weren’t), as well as being difficult to deal with on set. Grande has even been reported of telling the lighting crew that if they used red lights she would “kill herself.”
At the mere young age of 21, is Ariana starting out her career and stardom on the wrong foot?
Before we look at Grande’s most recent act of Diva-ness this past weekend, let’s look back just a bit at last month.
A blog written by Dan O’Connor went viral after he described his encounter with Ariana Grande. O’Connor’s daughter, Jen, won a contest sponsored by MTV, VH1 and Pepsi, for creating artwork that was inspired by Grande.
As the winner, Jen’s prize was a “Meet and Greet” with Ariana. Imagine Jen’s excitement as a huge fan of Ariana’s, and having the once in a lifetime opportunity to meet her idol.
The incident can be chalked up to two words — it sucked.
O’Connor reveals that Ariana spent all of 15 seconds with his daughters Jen and her sister Kelly. Per Buzz Feed, O’Conner describes their extremely brief meeting with the songstress.
“She (Grande) never bothered to even ask anyone their name. She didn’t inquire as to who the contest winners were, or what they created to win the right to meet her.”
Jen was able to take two photos with Ariana, before Ariana asked her to please delete them. And as Ariana walked out, O’Connor says Grande simply looked at the security guards and said, “Make sure she deleted those. MTV’s alleged excuse after the fact was, “Sometimes celebrities are like that.”
Grande also hacked off photographer Chris Pavlich during a photo shoot in Australia. It didn’t help that she was an hour late for the shoot. But things went from bad to worse.
Ariana had to review and approve every single frame and asked the photographer to delete the ones she didn’t like. Grande decided that she didn’t like the top she was wearing, and walked out during the middle of the photo shoot.
Buzz Feed reports that Grande’s rep eventually demanded that all of Pavlich’s photos of Grande be deleted.
Grande claims that she came back after simply changing her top to find the photographer had left. But think about this. It takes a photographer quite a long time to set up for a photo shoot. There’s lighting equipment, cameras, tripods, props, and the list goes on.
It would take Pavlich quite some time to get all his things taken apart, put back into their cases, and probably took him several trips to his car to load everything back up. How long was she gone to supposedly change her top?
While the list could go on and on, let’s talk about Ariana Grande’s most recent stunt reported happening Saturday night at the Out Hotel on W. 42nd street in New York. An Insider gives NY Daily News the scoop.
“Before she got there she made security clear out the entire lobby. Even if you were a guest at the hotel you had to clear out. No one could sit in the lobby, but she came in the back. She took up a unisex bathroom with her mother and father and put two bodyguards outside. While near the bathroom, Grande was overheard asking hotel staff if they could “get rid” of the 15 paparazzi stationed outside the front door.”
A second Insider tells NY Daily News that the hotel lobby was completely cleared for Ariana Grande for several hours.
“Ariana also took over a huge conference room and turned it into a dressing room. Basically, 3,000 square feet of hotel space was hers. You had to show your hotel key to get anywhere.”
Ariana Grande has been compared to the likes of Mariah Carey, and not so much for her singing as her bad diva rep. We have all heard about Mariah. And excuses have been given for Mariah because she has “paid her dues.” Which, honestly, no one should act like they are better than anyone else regardless of what “dues” they have supposedly paid. We all put our pants on one leg at a time.
Maybe some of these things have been blown out of proportion. Media does have a way of doing that, and only time will tell as people will always eventually show who they truly are if you watch them long enough.
Although it seems like that has already happened for The Cab’s lead singer Alexander DeLeon who Tweeted back in 2011, “hope none of my fans ever have the displeasure of meeting @ArianaGrande, most stuck up, disrespectful person I’ve ever met in this industry.”
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