• Thu, Jun 26 - 2:44 pm ET

How Ariana Grande Ruined Her Reputation In A Single Year

Ariana Grande fan GIFHappy birthday, Ariana Grande! This time last year, I was obsessed with you. Like – real obsessed, even though the only thing I really knew about her is that she was a Nickelodeon star and that her song ‘The Way’ was on permanent repeat in my brain.

And for the moment, that was enough information for me, because I seriously did not hate that song, nor have I hated any song she’s come out with since. In fact, I have loved them, because they are glorious and nothing will ever convince me otherwise. But unfortunately I don’t feel the same way about Ariana herself. If she just stuck to singing instead of talking, we’d be fine, but instead, she’s managed to completely change my mind about her from wholehearted supporter to grudging-listener-of-music-and-ignorer-of-comments. All in about twelve months.

Take a walk with me, won’t you, and let’s examine all the myriad ways that Ariana Grande has ruined her reputation since going mainstream.

Ariana Grande in The Way music video GIF(via)

1. By hiding secrets in her hair.
The girl was in a half ponytail for like…a century, and anytime anyone asked her about it, she was like ugh shut up it’s not a big deal get away from me. WHAT ARE YOU HIDING, GRANDE??

2. By agreeing to work on a track with Chris Brown.
I mean c’mon. Do I really even need to explain this one?

Ariana Grande rehearsing with Chris Brown in Instagram photo March 2014(via)

3. By bailing on said track with Chris Brown.
Did someone finally hand you a newspaper, girl? I’m glad that the collaboration is no longer happening, but it left a really bad taste in my mouth for Ariana to blame it all on her management team and pretend like she had no say in any of it.

4. By defending Justin Bieber.

“He can do whatever he wants! He’s doing the same thing as every other boy in the world right now, he’s just under a microscope, and he’s being scrutinized by people who don’t know him. I know him, and he’s a good person. He really is, he’s a nice person. And everybody’s like, ugh, it’s, nevermind, but, it’s, he’s a good guy and he doesn’t deserve what he’s going through.”

Okay…but it’s not super convincing if you can’t even get through your own defense of him without bailing out.

Ariana Grande tapping finger on face GIF Problem music video(via)

5. By joining Kabbalah.
Honestly didn’t even know that was a thing anymore, but Ariana dug it out of the old treasure chest and dusted it off for use. What’s next? Scientology? (Probably shouldn’t tempt fate by even asking that.)

6. By supposedly cheating on her boyfriend.
In case you noticed that Ariana’s relationship with Nathan Sykes overlapped slightly with her relationship with Jai Brooks, you weren’t the only one! Jai noticed that as well, and called Ariana out on it via Twitter.

Ariana Grande flipping ponytail GIF red hair

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7. By referring to milk as ‘cow tit pus’.
This was honestly one of the weirdest interviews I’ve ever read. I’m all for Ariana exploring healthy alternatives to mainstream foods, but just because she’s a vegan doesn’t mean everyone else has to be! And saying that Americans look like cows because they drink cow’s milk is definitely heading that direction.

8. By saying she never liked acting.
Well that’s a real shame, because it’s what made you famous! So don’t get all Robert Pattinson on us now and start biting the hand that fed you!

Ariana Grande Jennette McCurdy Smile

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9. By potentially getting Sam & Cat taken off the air.
There’s no confirmation on why the show was cancelled, but a ton of rumors state that Ariana was getting paid more than her costar, Jennette McCurdy, and when Jennette refused to go forward without things being equal, Nickelodeon called her bluff and took the show off the air.

10. By insulting her own fan base.
I’m betting that Ariana’s fans, the Arianators, could have handled pretty much everything else on this list, until she turned on them. What happened was, Ariana tweeted a message wishing Marilyn Monroe a happy birthday, and some of Ariana’s fans pointed out that she’s not a great role model. And instead of letting that roll off her back, Ariana took her fans to task, calling them ‘assholes’ just because they don’t like the same things she does!

Not cool girl. Not cool. Can’t wait to see where we are in another twelve months!

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  • J_Doe5686

    All I know about this girl Is that she was on 2 Nickelodeon shows. I saw a few episodes of Sam and Cat. Got annoyed by her voice. She sings but I’ve never heard a single song of hers. She’s cute. She repeats what on the “Why become a vegetarian?” Pamphlet PETA gives away. She’s cute.

  • FemelleChevalier

    I used to have a HUGE crush on her, but the cow tit pus is a deal beaker. And Justin Bieber. And the cheating. And Chris Brown.

    • Alexis Rhiannon

      Just…all of it.

    • FemelleChevalier

      But I like the ponytail…

    • hitman31

      dont worry 5 years from now she’ll be forgotten

  • Napoleon

    Her attire and behavior are both very childlike. I find it very weird.

    • Meep

      She looks like a child too, so I guess that explains it?

  • NYCNanny

    But milk IS cow tit puss. The milk we drink isn’t just pure cow breast milk, but has a bunch of other crap included. ew. She’s right.

    Most of these things seem pretty petty…. Not being able to finish her “defense” of justin beiber? Isn’t she like 16? What 16 year old finishes her sentences eloquently.

    9. First a total rumor. Second, if it’s true, it’s the blonde’s “fault” for
    Getting the show taken off. What did you expect,
    Adriana to say, “yeah I’ll take a pay it cause my costar is jealous”…?

    Kabbalah is actually super interesting and very ancient and should be respected as such.

    The Chris brown thing…. God she can’t win with this, can she?

    Ps I didn’t even know who this chick was until a week ago, but I think your article is ridiculous and petty and not even factual.

    • Alexis Rhiannon

      Cows don’t have breasts, they have udders.

      She actually just turned twenty-one yesterday…

      She and Jennette came in at an equal level and did the same amount of work, so it wouldn’t make sense for one to be paid more.

  • Neci_21

    1)she told us about her hair on twitter so there are no secrets
    2)whats wrong with chris brown just cus u dont like him doesnt mean anything
    3)what could she have done about it??
    4)he’s her friend of course she can defend him
    5)just because you dont agree with Kabbalah doesnt mean u can diss her
    6)jai admitted to being jealous so he said that
    7)she isnt tryna make it so that everyone is vegan thats her own preference
    8)she loves acting and drama she just loves music better
    9)she doesnt get a bigger pay she made that very clear on twitter
    10)she was just kidding you take things too seriously
    Lastly, you have no right to diss what someone else is doing with their life if you don’t like her then why are you all in her life tryna find things about her to dislike

    • capoupascap

      it’s no secret that Chris Brown beat Rihanna, punched in a window at a morning show (I’m thinking GMA but could be wrong) and has serious, serious anger issues that he is currently in treatment for. What’s right with Chris Brown?

    • Fallopian Twerker Phillips

      Who is “Tryna?” I thought we were talking about Ariana Grande.

    • Alexis Rhiannon

      What’s wrong with Chris Brown? He tried to beat Rihanna to death.

  • AnnH

    If she stuck to silly overacting, flashy hair colors and catchy songs, she’d be perfect for a career of Kpop idol.

  • Hillary511

    More than anything I think it’s weird that no one’s talking about her extreme weight loss. She used to be so healthy looking, and being a vegan doesn’t make up for the fact that she is so skinny right now. I’m not trying to body shame, but it’s indicative something’s up (also that you have to be tiny to be successful).

    • lovinqmotax

      Well according to what she said, she gave up junk food and became a vegan. If you’re referring to maybe a disorder like anorexia or something that would dramatize her wight loss like a pill or something, she wouldn’t have the energy to do all the things she does. She has been preforming a lot recently and that’s hard work on the body. Also if I were eating junk food and feeling bad and having to go up on stage and preform, no thanks. But we don’t know what she really does, but for now I’m still going to be a supporter of her.

    • Hillary511

      I’m a little afraid to go down this road because your response struck me as a little naive. While I was not accusing her of an eating disorder it is still enitrely possible she could have one, especially considering the time and extremity of her weight loss. I don’t know her personally. I’m just saying on the outside it doesn’t look like the healthiest of situations.

      That being said, many performers have struggled with eating disorders while touring, being a celebrity, etc and performing high energy sets. A great example of this is Nicole Scherzinger from the Pussy Cat Dolls, who was dancing and singing entire concerts on a pretty regular basis. It’s not a matter of energy. Here’s a link with a list of about 20 actors and singers who have come out about their eating disorders: http://www.buzzfeed.com/newsdaylaura/celebrities-who-have-had-eating-disorders-24ap

  • Joshua

    first of all , ariana didnt cheat , her ex boyfriend said he lied because he was mad when they broke up . and she cant defend bieber , they are friends , and whats wrong with collaborating with chris brown . you have no right to be dissing ariana . at least shes not miley . she told s us on twiiter about her hair sooooo . in sam and cat , they get payed equally . anyway ariana is still a good role model for ppl . ariana grande is healthy , she chose to vegan .yall act like chris brown is going to beat EVERY girl he works with up like just stop . personally . i love ariana . shes a good person with good intentions but ppl are starting to make her seem like a bad role model when shes not .

  • Common Knowledge

    This shit is trivial. You are all making firm judgements on someone you don’t personally know, and most based on speculation. These petty arguments hold no value, and you treat her as if she is better than you, so you hold her to a higher standard when most of you would do for yourself.

  • Dani Lima

    These posts about Ariana are very unnecessary, it is new in the world of media and idiots and stupid people like you say things like this are meaningless, you put things where They Do Not Have, you just might be a nobody in life and tries to que climb of level lowering others, what you are doing is just ridiculous, like I said it is new in the media but she is learning to deal with it, she is discovering yourself, give her a break to settle, because what you write, only makes people loathe you. And yes I’m arianator.

  • kirstie

    1) she wore her ponytail for so long because her hair was ruined due to dying it constantly for sam and cat
    2) yes Chris Brown has a bad reputation but that doesn’t mean he isn’t a god musician
    3) she didn’t bail on the track. It’s Chris’ track and it’s not up to Ariana when it is released
    4) don’t Americans have the right to free speech? And surely Ariana understands more than you do what it’s like to be under the spotlight. Just because he has a bad reputation doesn’t mean she cant see the good in him
    5) she didn’t join kabbalah this year she’s been following it for a long time. Also it is nobody’s place to make fun of someone’s religion whether you see it trivial or not
    6) she didn’t cheat on Jai. Her relationship with Nathan was forced because they have the same mamagement. Jai didn’t know this, and thought she cheated but everything was cleared up between them
    7) again, the free speech thing. ok, the words cow tit pus sound a bit weord but isn’t that essentially what it is? And she’s not forcing everyone to be vegan, she simply voiced why she thinks it’s important
    8) she said that she loved music over acting. victorious was a platform for her to develop her music career. And it’s quite obvious that she’s a better musician than she is actor
    9) it was confirmed that the dispute was nothing to do with money. It could have been Ari’s fault but we dont know that and shouldn’t assume anything
    10) she wasn’t talking about her fanbase directly. and “assholes” that’s not even offensive

    • Alexis Rhiannon

      Don’t worry, you’re not the only person who thinks Chris Brown is a ‘god musician’. That’s what he thinks, too.

    • idontreallylikethiswebsite

      I believe she meant “good.” It was just a typo.

    • Alexis Rhiannon

      That’s a beautiful name — how do you pronounce it?

  • lovingmotax

    1. I’m not sure you saw the tweet Ariana posted, but it was addressing her hair. So there are no secrets.

    2. It’s her choice on who she wants to collaborate with.

    3.She didn’t stop the track. It’s Chris’ track and that was his / management’s choice.

    4. Look it up, they’re friends. So if something happened to your friend wouldn’t you defend them.

    5. She didn’t just join, she has been following for quite a long time now.

    6. Jai admitted to being jealous, so that’s why he said that.

    7. Um her choice of words? Shes not pointing out everyone has to be a vegan, it’s her own opinion.

    8. She’s been acting since.. forever really. She just likes singing better. “I never liked acting. I auditioned for TV just to get a platform to get a record deal and then I fell in love with acting because it was fun.”, she didn’t like acting originally, but she fell in love doing it.

    9. She never got a bigger pay.. lol.

    10. Ariana is one of the sweetest person I’ve ever met, and I am apart of her fan base, and she would never hurt her fans on purpose.

    Personally I feel to truly judge a person you have to truly understand them, obviously you don’t. I really hope you are just being sarcastic or just being a troll.

  • Guest

    Also, when she told people Victoria Justice bullied her and was the reason Victorious got cancelled.

  • Mariana

    I was a huge fan of Ariana. Until she said she was with Nathan just to be comforted. Alright finish a dating … But he’s so nice, did not deserve to hear something like that.