“Thank you, next”– it’s in your autofill. Ariana Grande might have started out as “the girl whose name sounds like a Starbucks drink,” but this girl now has her own beverage. Well, and a giant career as the biggest thing music has ever seen.
In 2019, Ariana smashed records dating back to the 1960s. “Break up with your girlfriend, I’m bored” was just another song that basically became part of everyone’s vocabulary. To be fair, the whole Thank U, Next album wouldn’t have happened without Pete Davidson (although that guy feels like old news now).
Instagram has basically become #ArianaGrande. So has half of Hollywood. Kim Kardashian walks around with a high ponytail. JLO does the same (and adds the over-the-knee boots). Neither is the original deal, though. As 2019 sees Ariana embark on her global Sweetener tour, it’s officially “Ariana mania.”
Everyone wants to look like her. Everyone wishes they had her voice. With that signature wink, signature style, sensational sound and a whistle register that’s unreal, Ariana is 100% goals. She’s got the talent, the vibes, and you basically wish she was your BFF. Well, that’s unless you’re a guy who stalks her on Instagram for the chance of a racy outfit.
How much people actually know about Ariana Grande is fairly limited. While Ariana is pretty open (and she can burst into tears at any moment), there’s a lot that isn’t said. This girl has her own background, her own emotions, favorite foods, and more tattoos than we can keep up with.
It’s time for “Thank U, Next.” Well, after you’re done reading this. Here are 15 little-known facts about Ariana Grande.
Earns $50,000 A Day From Merch Alone
“Ariana Grande Is All About Her Money in “7 Rings.” Here’s Where She Gets It All From.” Ariana’s earnings are now such a subject of interest, Harper’s Bazaar wrote an entire article on it in 2019. That might have something to do with the materialistic vibes in “7 Rings,” although let’s not forget that 90% of the sales are being donated.
Ariana’s “Dangerous Woman” tour earned her $50,000 a day from merch alone. That was back in 2017. $50 million are the estimated earnings of her 2018 fragrance sales.
The magazine reports that Ariana’s scents have actually raked in $150 million in just two years. While Ariana isn’t one to flash her cash Kardashian-style (in fact, she’s way more humble), there’s no denying the earnings. Ariana might not be a #KylieJenner billionaire, but she may be one day.
Admitted The Ponytail Leaves Her In “Constant Pain”
Here’s something you didn’t know. That giant ponytail that’s Ariana’s trademark? It hurts. As BBC reports, Ariana puts up with a lot to maintain that look. When a Tweet from Camila Cabello landed on Ariana’s feed, the singer replied.
Camila Cabello: “I just did a high ponytail for the first time and it is literally pulling on my BRAIN ITS [sic] SO PAINFUL HOW DO YOU DO IT.” Ariana: “well u actually have hair so that prolly makes it a lil more painful ….. nah jk i’m in constant pain always and don’t care at all”
The ponytail was actually lowered 45 degrees for Sweetener, but it’s back (and it’s bigger than ever). Ariana has been spotted with her hair down in selfies, but the vast majority of snaps showcase that pony. BBC even wrote an entire article on the history of the ponytail (yes, it’s now a giant deal).
Got A Tattoo With Her 93-Year-Old Grandma
Kylie Jenner might have Stormi all over her Instagram, but Ariana knows the meaning of family, too. Ariana’s grandmother actually features a lot on that feed (and with good reason). Ariana is super-close to her, although this granny has an edge on other ladies of her generation. Yes, she actually got a tattoo with Ariana.
“Nonna got a tattoo 93 — that’s sick.” Cosmopolitan called Ariana’s grandmother “the baddest granny on the block.”
“Nonna” got her husband’s name “Ciccio” written on her finger in a 2019 #Twinning moment that saw Ariana add some ink with a moon and star tattoo. At 93 years old, it does seem that this grandma has no limits. While celebs team up with their families for the holidays, we rarely see vibing on this level
The New Face Of Starbucks’ #CloudMacchiato
It’s official. As Refinery 29 reports, Ariana Grande has finally partnered up with Starbucks. With a name like Grande, it’s basically what everyone was waiting for. The coffee chain’s medium-sized beverage is Ariana’s last name, and #CloudMacchiato now exists. It didn’t come without some controversy, though.
Ariana is vegan. “Ultimately, no one wants cow tit pus in their food, do they?” she told W Magazine in 2014. The 2019 “backlash,” as per Refinery 29, came from the fact that the “Cloud Macchiato” isn’t technically vegan.
“ariana grande claims to be vegan (no shade) but everyone pls don’t get confused: the cloud macchiato has EGG in it, no matter what milk u get. the “cloud powder” which is supposed to be like a merengue [sic] is made w dehydrated egg whites,” was one Twitter response. Honestly, we don’t care. This girl was born for Starbucks.
2018’s Most Popular Halloween Costume, #KourtneyKardashian
Ariana Grande was officially the most popular Halloween costume of 2018, as Teen Vogue reports. While zillions of girls picked the over-the-knee boots and high ponytail for Halloween, the look was made #Official by this rather famous lady. Yes, Kourtney Kardashian dressed up as Ariana Grande for Halloween.
“God Is A Woman” was the only caption Kourtney needed as she channeled Ari’s style. The ponytail is spot-on. The dress is virtually the same as the one Ariana wore for her 2018 Jimmy Kimmel appearance.
Given that the Kardashians basically rule Hollywood, this was the biggest nod of respect there is. Kendall Jenner has dressed as an Austin Powers character. Kim tends to do the other celebs (she’s done Cher and Pamela Anderson). The seal of approval came from the world’s most famous family, and it was awesome.
Obsessed With Sesame Tofu From Whole Foods
Celebs grocery shopping seems to have turned into a giant deal. The richer they are, the more amazed everyone is that they’ll still push a cart. The Big Bang Theory‘s Kaley Cuoco earns $1 million an episode (but she still buys her own groceries). Ariana Grande doesn’t just shop at Whole Foods. She straight-up Tweets to them.
“I love Whole Foods so much, there aren’t actually words. Just fruits and veggies and sesame tofu and friendly, peaceful people everywhere.”
With a super-healthy vegan diet, it kind of makes sense. Whole Foods is produce heaven. Ariana has been spotted in the street with those paper bags (and now we have the proof). This girl digs their sesame tofu (and we kind of want to try it).
“Drunk On Champagne” At Tiffany’s: Buying”7 Rings” Actually Happened
“7 Rings” brought us a new Ariana Grande. The lighting was pink, the diamonds were flashing, and “I want it, I got it” was made more than clear. “Lashes and diamonds, ATM machines, buy myself all of my favorite things” is one of the most famous lines. Turns out, there’s a story behind it, as Harper’s Bazaar reports.
“‘twas a pretty rough day in nyc. my friends took me to tiffany’s. we had too much champagne. i bought us all rings. it was very insane and funny. & on the way back to the stu [studio] njomza was like ‘b*tch, this gotta be a song lol’. so we wrote it that afternoon.”
The “squad” in the music video does, indeed, show Ariana and six friends. Ariana is now rich enough to empty Tiffany’s in one go, but this girl chooses to share it.
Her Apartment With Pete Davidson Had “Six Beanbags” But “No Forks”
Ariana Grande will forever be remembered for that giant, whirlwind engagement (that didn’t exactly end well). In October 2018, Ariana announced her shock split from Pete Davidson. She’d needed only 24 days to get engaged to the SNL star, and for the most part, they were inseparable. As Refinery 29 reports, Ariana explained their apartment layout.
“It’s like, we have six beanbags, but we have no forks — you know what I mean?” Things weren’t exactly #Organized with Pete Davidson.
As The Daily Mail reports, the $16 million NYC pad that Ariana purchased for herself and Pete came with a ton of features. The wellness level, IMAX theater, and juice bar were handy, but Ariana herself admitted that the kitchen had no forks. And you wonder why this relationship didn’t go to plan…
Her Lookalike Is Uncanny
Celeb lookalikes are all the rage. Selena Gomez’s one is so convincing, Sugar Bear Hair vitamins has actually hired the doppelgänger (possibly can’t afford the real thing). Alongside Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, Gigi Hadid, and Kylie Jenner, Ariana also has a lookalike. This is Jacky Vasquez, Ariana’s lookalike.
“I remember I got mistaken in Washington D.C. because she was at the Verizon Center that day and I dressed up like her since she was in town. People asked me to take pictures with them that day, it was so fun!”
As Teen Vogue reports, this Mexican girl is the closest thing you’ll get to Ariana’s DNA. Jacky has over 200,000 Instagram followers. Shes got the wink, she’s copied the makeup, and we’ve got to say, she’s pretty convincing.
Breaks Global Records, Zero Musical Training
In 2019, Billboard was covering how Ariana Grande recorded Thank U, Next in just two weeks. Taking what she’d learned from her Pete Davidson split and putting it into an album, the record more than delivered. Ariana herself has no official training, though. In 2013, Ariana spoke to Vogue about how it all fell into place.
“Music just kind of happened, I never really trained for anything, I played French horn for a few years, that’s where I learned a lot about sheet music and theory. I play a little bit of piano by ear but it’s mostly just singing, which I never was trained in.”
This girl has now broken records set by The Beatles and Madonna. Streaming for “Thank You, Next” made headline after headline as it smashed records. 100% talent, 0% training. This girl is literally amazing.
Sings Christina Aguilera In The Shower
We all sing in the shower. We assume (or pray) that nobody can hear us, and it’s out 15 minutes of being…whoever. These days, girls are singing “Break up with your girlfriend, I’m bored” in the shower. The boyfriend probably shouldn’t hear it. Ariana has her own shower songs, as per her Teen interview.
“I have a very long shower playlist.” First is “Carwash” by Christina Aguilera. Then “All I Want For Christmas Is You” by Mariah Carey. It’s back to Xtina with “Lady Marmalade,” though.
Ariana was actually asked whose songs she sings along to while taking a shower. While we can’t imagine that Ari sings her own songs under the spray (that’s what the studio is for), it would be awesome if “Thank U, Next” was coming out as Ari took a shower.
36 Tattoos (But They’re Mostly Tiny)
Tons of celebs have tattoos. Angelina Jolie is basically a walking tattoo parlor. Miley Cyrus recently showcased her ink on Instagram. From Lady Gaga to Justin Bieber, there doesn’t seem to be a celeb out there who doesn’t come with ink. With Ariana though, there’s a style.
Super-tiny, super-cute. Ariana has 36 tattoos, according to The Irish Examiner. She’s got cloud finger tattoos, a “Dangerous Woman” icon, plus a cute Pokémon one.
Of course, the “failed” 2019 tattoo for “7 Rings” got everybody talking. With a small mistake, as The Daily Mail reports, Ariana’s attempt to get “7 Rings” tattooed ended up with a “barbecue” result. We’re expecting more ink to come (although the matching ones from Pete Davidson have definitely been removed).
Grew Up Pretty Rich (But Stayed Humble)
Some celebrities came from nothing. Selena Gomez remembers dollar-store spaghetti. Justin Bieber remembers ordering water instead of soda at restaurants. There’s also the other end of the spectrum. Lady Gaga’s dad invented guest Wi-Fi. Like Taylor Swift, Gaga grew up comfortable.
Ariana’s parents both ran successful businesses, as This Is Insider reports. A “graphics design company and CEO of a communications firm, respectively” is the media outlet’s report of Ariana’s parents, although Ariana herself remains pretty humble.
Sure, “7 Rings” is all about money. But this girl doesn’t have a haughty vibe. She walks the streets of NYC in sweats, and there’s definitely no Lamborghini. Ariana has also donated vast amounts of money to charity.
The Most-Followed Woman On Instagram
We’ve kind of reached the point where we “measure” a celeb’s popularity by their Instagram following. Kim Kardashian and Kylie Jenner are above 129 million. JLO is above 80 million. Cardi B is climbing the ranks fast with over 40 million. In 2018, Selena Gomez became the most-followed woman on Instagram– well, until 2019.
“Talking to them every single day, say ‘hi,’ favorite their tweets. I always end up sharing too much.”
Ariana opened up to Vogue about how much she loves her fans. For her, it’s simple. With over 149 million followers on Instagram, Ariana has overtaken Selena Gomez as the most-followed woman on the platform. #ThankUNext was totally worth it.
That #NoMakeUp Pic You Didn’t Know Existed
The paparazzi literally camp out to wait for an opportunity like this. They waited for Kim Kardashian not to wear makeup (and got it). Same goes for Demi Lovato. In 2018, Ariana was papped squinting in the sunlight. The cat-wing eyeliner was nowhere to be seen. Nor was the ponytail.
“I’m a Half-Glamazon, Half-Granola Chick”.
Those are Ari’s words, according to Routine Daily. We kind of dig it. One side is glam, the other is down-to-earth and realistic. Ariana is undoubtedly a natural beauty. While makeup enhances her signature look, this girl can pull off beauty with or without the warpaint.
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