Ariana Grande breaks down in heartbreaking radio interview while talking about her new song
With all the hype over Ariana Grande's engagement to Pete Davidson, it's somewhat easy to forget that she has actually had a tough time of it over the past few years.
In May 2017, a shrapnel-laden homemade bomb was detonated as people were leaving Ariana's Manchester Arena concert, killing 22 people and wounding 139 more. More than half of these victims were children. It was the deadliest terrorist attack in the United Kingdom since the July 2005 London bombings.
Suffering from PTSD after the attack, the singer has claimed in past interviews that she doubts she will ever be able to talk about the incident without crying. Now, she has taken part in a new heartbreaking interview about the Manchester bombing, revealing that her new song Get Well Soon - written in the aftermath of the 2017 attack - is about people helping each other get through fear and anxiety.
During a radio interview with Beats 1’s Ebro Darden, the One Last Time songstress claimed that her new tune was intended to "make people feel good and less alone".
"It’s just about being there for each other and helping each other through scary times and anxiety," she told the host. "There’s some dark sh*t out there, man. And we just have to be there for each other as much as we can. 'Cause you never f**king know, you know? So, I wanted to do something to make people feel good and less alone."
Through tears, she continued to discuss how Get Well Soon relates to mental illness, stating: "It’s also about personal demons, and anxiety, and more intimate tragedies as well, you know? Mental health is so important. People don’t pay enough mind to it because we have things to do, schedules, we have jobs, kids, places to be, and pressures to fit in, Instagram Stories—whatever the f**k facade you’re trying to put on, trying to keep up. People don’t pay attention to what’s happening inside, you know? I'm so sorry, I'm falling apart."
She finished off by proclaiming that "people gotta be nicer", stating: "I just wanted to give people a hug, musically. I feel like the lyrics can be kind of corny when I talk about wanting to hug you and stuff, but I really do. I don't know. People gotta be nicer."
In May, the No Tears Left To Cry singer revealed that she - along with thousands of others in Manchester - had gotten a bee tattoo as a symbol of all of the people who died or were injured in the tragedy.
The symbol originally comes from the era of the Industrial Revolution when the city's factories were often referred to as beehives. It was used to denote that workers in the factories were always busy and productive. In 1842 the bee was officially incorporated into the Manchester coat of arms.
Props to Ariana for speaking out about mental health and honouring the victims of the Manchester tragedy.