Ariana Grande Covers Billboard Mag – Talks Sexuality and Girl Power

Photo: JOE PUGLIESE FOR BILLBOARD
19 May2016
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On the eve of Ariana Grande‘s third studio album, Dangerous Woman, dropping, Billboard also dropped their latest issue where the 22-year-old graces the cover draped in diamonds rocking Chanel sunglasses and a towel giving Mario Testino towel series realness.

Inside the issue, Grande doesn’t hold back dishing on staying out of drama, love, her anticipated third album, and women’s sexuality. “If you’re going to rave about how sexy a male artist looks with his shirt off and a woman decides to get in her panties or show her boobies for a photo shoot, she needs to be treated with the same awe and admiration. I will say it until I’m an old-ass lady with my tits out at Whole Foods. I’ll be in the produce aisle, naked at 95, with a sensible ponytail, one strand of hair left on my head and a Chanel bow. Mark my words. See you there with my 95 dogs,” she said.

Photo: Billboard

Photo: Billboard

And if you want to make Ariana mad just accredit a woman’s success to a man. “I’ll never be able to swallow the fact that people feel the need to attach a successful woman to a man when they say her name,” Grande said further explaining how bad it is in the entertainment industry. “I saw a headline — draw your own conclusions [on the subjects] because it’ll be so much drama that I don’t want — they called someone another someone’s ex, and that pissed me off. This person has had so many great records in the last year, and she hasn’t been dating him forever. Call her by her name!” Her voice echoes off her home’s bare walls. “I hate that. Like, I’m fuming. Sorry. You opened up … I need to take a sip of water and breathe. Don’t get me started on this shit,” she concluded.

Ari even opened up a little on her current relationship with her back up dancer Ricky Alvarez. “We’re happy. I’m a very happy girl. I have a healthy life right now, and I think that’s all anyone cares to know. The end.” Enough said.

Towards the end of the Billboard article, Grande talked about how she stays out of drama in the industry. She said, “If people are fighting, I stay as far away as possible. I’ve said this a million times: I hate drama. I love women in the industry. I’m a big fan of all my peers, and I try to keep it a hundred. That’s why I don’t look at anything. I’m like, ‘My song’s out!’ Then I run for the hills. ‘Here’s another picture of my dogs! Bye!’”

Be sure to purchase Grande’s third studio album Dangerous Woman available tomorrow, May 20.

Get a behind the scenes look at Ariana Grande’s cover shoot for Billboard in the clip below. Share your thoughts in the comments.

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Photo: JOE PUGLIESE FOR BILLBOARD

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