Ariana Grande Opens Up About Brutal Anxiety During Recent London Trip
Months after she opened up about the PTSD she experienced after the Manchester bombing attack, Ariana Grande got super candid about the anxiety she still feels. The “No Tears Left to Cry” singer, who’s currently promoting her new album Sweetener, visited London yesterday, September 5th, where she performed for the first time in the U.K. since her One Love Manchester benefit concert. So, when Ariana didn’t post many photos/videos of her performance, fans wondered how she was coping.
If you follow Ariana on social media, then you know that she’s always been one to post a ton of pics of her performances, as well as snaps with fans when she travels. She’s been especially active now that Sweetener dropped and ever since she and Pete Davidson started dating. But, this week, we’ve seen a noticeable difference in her Instagram activity, especially her Stories.
The 25-year-old kept it real by telling fans that the trip has been really hard on her. “sry i’m really really anxious and really exhausted and jus trying to get thru the trip. hope that’s ok. hope you enjoy the performances. my priority is giving u the best performances i’m capable of,” she wrote on Twitter, adding, “i don’t really care ab having my picture taken. love u.”
In a second tweet, Ariana elaborated on what she’s feeling RN, telling another fan that this trip to London was a “huge test” for her and that she’s “really trying” to enjoy it.
i’m like really trying. it’s jus been a while since i’ve done this or been this far away from home. this was a huge test. so far not so great hehe. but i’ve loved singing for u and seeing ur faces. that part has been nice. thanks for understanding n for loving me.
— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) September 5, 2018
We really feel for her. We can’t even begin to imagine how hard it must have been to go back to England after what happened. Just last month, Ariana was brought to tears while discussing her anxiety on Apple’s Beats 1 radio station. She became visibly emotional when discussing “Get Well Soon,” a track she said she wrote to “give people a hug musically” and to make people “feel good and less alone.” It also has a special connection to the 22 victims of the terrorist attack.
Then, in an interview with Paper, she told her friend Troye Sivan what led her to write the song in the first place. “I’ve always had anxiety, I’ve had anxiety for years. But when I got home from tour [the tour she continued after the Manchester attack] it reached a very different, intense peak. It became physical and I was not going out at all, and I felt like I was outside my body,” she said.
Ariana admitted that writing “Get Well Soon” didn’t heal her completely, but it definitely helped to get the feelings out and on paper. She said she’s just happy she could write a song for her fans that they can relate to, adding that it’s one of the most important songs she’ll ever write.
Once again… thank you, Ariana, for being so real.