Ariana Grande may have 99 problems, but singing her way to the top of the charts won’t be one. It seems like she’s having her best year yet, and landing the September issue cover for Seventeen magazine is a clear indicator of that.
Inside, though, the 21-year-old singer paints a much different picture than the one her 50 million social media fans are so used to double-tapping and retweeting. While she may look like a happy-go-lucky girl, beneath that high ponytail is someone who’s had her fair share of insecurity issues, which she discusses along with the relationship rift she recently had with her father.
Keep on reading for excerpts from her interview and see some shots from her spread below.
On dealing with her insecurities:
“Everybody has certain things that make them feel insecure. Even when you overcome a huge battle in your life and you make a ton of progress as a person, there are still things that will upset you and break your heart. But I feel like I’m at a point in my life where love is the most important thing, and I won’t let anything come before it…It’s tough to spend some of the most important years of your life in front of so many strangers who want to pick you apart. Insecurity has been the hardest thing I’ve had to overcome. I think everyone my age struggles with that because everyone strives for approval and wants to feel loved.”
On her fans:
“If my fans want something, I’ll always do my best to give it to them. A lot of my fans are in love with my old music, and they’re always asking me if they can have the songs that didn’t make it on the first album. I had to buy [“Boyfriend Material”], so I could just give it to them for free. I really wanted them to have it because they love it!”
On her broken relationship with her father:
“Falling out of touch with my dad. It’s private, but it happened last year. It took me so long to be okay with it. The thing that got me there was embracing the fact that I am made up of half my dad, and a lot of my traits come from him. So much of me comes from my father, and for so long, I didn’t like that about myself. I had to accept that it’s okay not to get along with somebody and still love them.”
On working with Iggy Azalea:
“For me, a collaboration is taking a song that is great, and turning it into a fantastic song. When you hear IGGY [in “Problem”], it screams confidence and girl power, and all these wonderful things.”
Keeping calm under pressure:
“Being okay with not having the answers to everything. I feel like for the first time in my life, I’m really okay. I used to freak out about everything all the time. I used to be like, ‘Oh my God, somebody said this!’ Everything used to be such a big deal! But now, I feel I can handle everything that comes my way with a calm energy.”
Read the rest when it hits stands August 5.
PHOTO CREDIT & SOURCE: Seventeen