Ariana Grande Stopped Doing Interviews After Being Called A Diva: ‘People Would Twist My Words And I Would Defend Myself!’
Ariana Grande has not been doing much in the way of interviews lately and apparently, there’s a definitive reason for this retreat from media sit-downs. In a candid Apple Music interview, Zane Lowe and Ariana Grande discussed the negative aspects of the word diva. Ariana Grande is usually categorized with other musical powerhouses like Patti LaBelle, Whitney Houston, Celine Dion, and Mariah Carey. All of them and some others are almost always referred to as divas. However, Grande says despite what some think, being a diva IS a good thing:
It means they’ve got an opinion and a drive and artistic integrity. They’ve got something to say.
The problem is, though, many people think those classified as divas may have a bit too much to say. Ariana says she actually stopped doing interviews because if she defended herself, she would be called a diva:
I stopped doing interviews for a really long time because I felt like whenever I would get into the position where somebody would try to say something for clickbait or twist my words, I would defend myself and then people would be like, ‘Oh she’s a diva.’
She went on to say oftentimes, things she would say would be changed around as if she could not have her own opinions about things. She explained that when men express themselves, they are not criticized for their opinions:
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, it always was in the past kind of manipulated and turned into this negative thing.
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 yeah, what a boss. It’s just so not the same thing with women, which I hope we can work on fixing. It does make you wanna quiet down a little bit, but I’m trying to also say f*** that. I’m tired of seeing women silenced by it.