Ariana Grande has had a lot going on lately, from exciting career developments, to a new romance, to some devastating personal losses. It should be no surprise, then, that she’s decided she needs a bit of a break.
“Given the events of the past couple of years, Ariana is going to take some much needed time to heal and mend,” her team told People. “She will be staying close to home and using this period to spend time with her loved ones and work on new music without deadline. She thanks her fans for their understanding”
Grande had an unexpected personal loss when her ex-boyfriend, rapper Mac Miller, died of a suspected drug overdose on September 7th. She went on to pen a tribute to Miller on September 14th on her Instagram:
“I adored you from the day I met you when I was nineteen and I always will. i can’t believe you aren’t here anymore. I really can’t wrap my head around it. We talked about this. So many times. I’m so mad, I’m so sad i don’t know what to do. You were my dearest friend. for so long. above anything else. I’m so sorry I couldn’t fix or take your pain away. I really wanted to. The kindest, sweetest soul with demons he never deserved. I hope you’re okay now. Rest.”
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i adored you from the day i met you when i was nineteen and i always will. i can’t believe you aren’t here anymore. i really can’t wrap my head around it. we talked about this. so many times. i’m so mad, i’m so sad i don’t know what to do. you were my dearest friend. for so long. above anything else. i’m so sorry i couldn’t fix or take your pain away. i really wanted to. the kindest, sweetest soul with demons he never deserved. i hope you’re okay now. rest.
Grande also recently shared she suffered from anxiety and PTSD after the May 2017 Manchester Arena bombing—”I don’t think I’ll ever know how to talk about it and not cry,” she told British Vogue in June.
There’s no doubt Ariana Grande has been through a lot the last few years, and her choice to take some time off makes so much sense. Sometimes it’s very important to take a break to deal with your own health and happiness. But remember, Ariana, you have big things on the horizon, and you’ll get through this.