Ariana Grande took to social media on Tuesday to strike back with rhetoric against body shapers.
The 29-year-old singer shared a video on TikTok in which she cited fans’ recent concern about her appearance, while claiming she’s healthier than ever.
Ariana, who filmed the The Wicked adaptation in London in recent weeks, has had to contend with comments from social media users who pointed out her weight and pointed out that her face had changed over time.
But the hitmaker said the version of her body people were comparing her to was the “unhealthy version of mine,” and she saw her current appearance as a huge improvement in her health.
She kept her selfie video casual and filmed in front of a set of windows while she wore a gray low-zip hoodie over a pale pink tank top.
Stand Up For Herself: Ariana Grande, 29, defended herself against body shaming in a TikTok video posted Tuesday in which she said her current body is the healthiest version of her
Weight: Some fans have shared their concerns on social media about Grande’s current weight and alleged changes to her face in recent years
She tied her loose hair tightly to hold back her delicately made-up face and glossy lips, while she wore a white handbag slung across her body.
Before we get started, Ariana admitted that I don’t do this often. I do not like that. I’m not good at it.
She continued, “But I just wanted to address your concerns about my body and talk a little bit about what it’s like to be someone with a body and to be seen and close attention.” I think we should be nicer and less comfortable commenting on people’s bodies, no matter what.
This included cutting out positive compliments if they were too focused on a person’s appearance.
If you think you’re saying something well or well-meaning, no matter how healthy or unhealthy, big or small, this or that, exciting or not, we really have to work on not doing it as much.
She suggested that her fans – and critics – focus on less physical compliments, or simply learn to ‘ignore’ any features they don’t like about her or other people.
She added, “I think we should help each other work towards being safer and keeping each other safer.”
But Ariana focused more specifically on herself and noted that, despite what some of her fans might think, she believes she is healthier than she has been in the past.
I also want to say: Firstly, there are different types of beauty. There are many different ways to look healthy and beautiful. “For me personally, the body you were comparing my body to was the unhealthy version of mine.”
She explained that she was “taking a lot of antidepressants” and “drinking on them,” which is not usually recommended due to the dangerous interactions.
Ariana also admitted that she was “eating poorly and at the lowest point in my life when I looked the way you considered healthy…”
Mind your business: “I think we should be nicer and less comfortable commenting on people’s bodies, no matter what,” she said.
More than meets the eye: Ariana claimed that the ‘healthy’ version of herself from a few years ago that others clung to was actually unhealthy, as she was on multiple antidepressants – while drinking – and was eating poorly
She explained that the old version of herself “wasn’t healthy.”
I know I shouldn’t have to explain it, but I feel like maybe I have an openness or vulnerability, something good might come of it. This is the first thing, health can look different.
She also reminded her fans that they are not actually friends with her, and therefore they do not know details about her physical or mental health.
She continued, “You never know what someone is going through, so even if you come from a loving place or a caring place, chances are that person is working on it or has a support system working on it.”
Ariana wound up trying to lift up her fans and followers who suffered similar rude comments about their looks or their health.
“You are beautiful no matter what stage you are in,” she stated.
She also tried to deflect the seemingly inevitable criticism on her face by pointing out that she wasn’t made up as she often is in public.
She added, “By the way, I’m not wearing lashes or eye liner right now, this is my face, these are my eyes, so don’t freak out about that now either, oh my god.”
I am sending you so much love and I believe that you are beautiful no matter what you are going through, no matter what weight you are, no matter how you like to wear your makeup these days, no matter what plastic procedures you have had or not or whatever. I just think you are beautiful and wanted to share some feelings. Have a very nice day and am sending you lots of love.
Back in May of 2021, Ariana celebrated Mental Health Awareness Month by “ending the stigma around mental health and normalizing seeking help.”
“Healing is never linear, fun, quick or easy, but we are here and we have a commitment to making this time as healthy, peaceful, and beautiful as possible. The work is so hard but we are capable and we deserve it. Lots of love and strength,” she adds while sharing multiple slides on mental health.
Affirmations: “You’re beautiful no matter what stage you’re in,” she added as a pep talk to fans, though she asked them not to judge her for the state of her makeup.
Mental health: Grande has been open about her struggles with anxiety and depression over the years, as well as post-traumatic stress disorder. Seen in 2016 in Los Angeles
Heartbreaking: The singer developed PTSD after the tragic bombing of her 2017 concert in Manchester, England, which killed 23 and injured more than 1,000; Seen in 2017
She has previously been open about her struggles with anxiety and depression, as well as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
She developed the condition after the tragic bombing of her 2017 concert in Manchester, England.
An extremist Islamic suicide bomber detonated an explosive device as party-goers were trying to leave the venue, killing 23 people and wounding more than 1,000 others.
Grande was not injured, but she struggled to recover from the devastating crash.