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Ariana Grande Defends Her 'Diva' Label: 'I'm Tired Of Seeing Women Silenced'

If you haven't seen Ariana Grande do an interview in a while, there's a reason for that.

The 'Stuck With U' singer just revealed that she's tired of being labeled a "diva" and seeing women silenced in the music industry.

She also spoke quite a bit about her late ex-boyfriend, Mac Miller.

Ariana Grande just gave her first interview in a long time.

She did so with Beats 1's Zane Lowe for a virtual conversation for Apple Music.

They started by talking about Ariana's late ex-boyfriend, Mac Miller, who died from an accidental overdose in September 2018 at the age of 26.

The pair formerly dated from 2016 to 2018.

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"I think that nothing mattered more to him than music, ever," Ariana said.

"And he was the kind of person who woke up and rolled into the studio, tumbled out of bed, into the studio next door."

"Nothing was more important. Talk about losing track of time and forgetting to eat, [having to] remind yourself to take care of yourself and be a person."

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She continued:

'He was a person who gave literally every single second of his thought and time and life to his music."

This wasn't the first time the singer praised the late rapper.

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When she performed a show in Pittsburgh, Miller's hometown, she made several emotional tributes to the star.

This included sharing pictures of the sky on her Instagram Stories, along with a heart.

That wasn't all.

She also had a seat reserved for him, played his music before her show started, and when she sang "Thank U, Next" and got to the line written about Mac, she broke down crying.


The conversation between Ariana and Lowe then shifted to another very important topic: female empowerment.

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More importantly, how she's fed up with being labeled a "diva." And who can blame her?

It's even why she's stopped doing interviews for a long time:

"I felt like whenever I would get into a position where somebody would try to say something for clickbait or twist my words or blah, blah, blah," she began.

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"I would defend myself. And then, people would be like, ‘Oh, she’s a diva.’ And I was like, ‘This doesn’t make any sense,'” Grande told Lowe.

“If I have an opinion artistically or if I am directing something, or if I have something to say regarding a choice that’s being made with my career or something, blah, blah, blah," she continued."

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It's become a double-standard that isn't fair to female artists.

And to say that Ariana is fed up would be an understatement.

"It always was in the past kind of manipulated and turned into this negative thing, whereas I don’t see that with men."

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She's not the only singer who has spoken out about female equality in the music industry.

This list also included Taylor Swift, Beyoncé, and Madonna.

Ariana continued:

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“It’s like when men express their opinions or defend themselves or are directing something and making notes on something, they’re ‘brilliant’ and they’re ‘geniuses’… and yet, it’s just so not the same thing with women, which I hope we can work on fixing."

She made sure to clarify that this is not always the case.

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“It’s not always that way. But it does make it kind of,” Grande said. It makes you want to quiet down a little bit. But I’m trying to also say '[expletive] that.’"

"You know what I mean? I’m tired of seeing women silenced by it," she said.

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She's looking out for herself, too, as the 'Boyfriend' singer said that she refuses to be silenced.

"I’m trying to just say, '[expletive] it,’ and let go of that trauma."

She even identified some of these feelings as "trauma."

"I’m trying to just say, '[expletive] it,’ and let go of that trauma. Because I do have a lot to say, and I do enjoy talking to people."

As you should queen! Live your life!

At the end of the day, the singer doesn't want to feel afraid to do interviews.

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She said that she wants to "share with people, and not be afraid to be myself.”

Ariana is a ray of sunshine, so we want to see more of that, too!

You can check out the clip below:

In the meantime, you can also jam out to her new song with Justin Bieber called "Stuck With U."

What do you think about her diva statements? Let us know down below in the comments!