“It does make you wanna quiet down a little bit,” Ariana said, discussing the double standard between men and women. “I’m tired of seeing women silenced by it.”
Ariana Grande just passionately defended the word “diva” in a recent interview, and you can bet that she made SEVERAL points on the subject. Buckle up, kids, it’s time for some schooling!
So! In case you missed it, Ariana cohosted a radio show (that has been iconically nicknamed Yuh Radio, of course) with Zane Lowe on Wednesday.
Throughout the course of the show, the “Thank U, Next” singer spoke about a whole bunch of things, but one of the more interesting and candid parts came when Zane began discussing how negative connotations of the word diva are “an insult to strong female energy”.
Quickly agreeing, Ariana jumped in and said that people being divas was actually a good thing. “It means they’ve got an opinion and a drive and artistic integrity,” she explained. “They’ve got something to say.”
However, opening up about her own experiences with the word, which is often used as an insult to suggest that the person is difficult to work with or high maintenance, Ariana revealed she actually stopped doing interviews because she’d get called a diva for defending herself.
Ariana added that, in the past, her words were often “manipulated” against her if she spoke up and defended herself, which is hardly ever the case with men, who are often praised for speaking out and having an opinion.
“It’s just so not the same thing with women, which I hope we can work on fixing,” Ariana added. “It’s not always that way. But it does make you wanna quiet down a little bit, but I’m trying to also say fuck that. I’m tired of seeing women silenced by it.”
Me listening to Ariana make points.
But Ariana said that the word and the negativity surrounding it “kinda fucks you up a little bit”, revealing that she’d questioned whether she should be vocal and express herself.
“Of course, it’s not an all the time thing, but it is definitely still prominent, but I’m trying to just say ‘fuck it’ and let go of that trauma,” Ariana continued, adding that she still wanted to be able to do interviews and “not be afraid” to be herself.
When Zane pointed out that during her Sweetener and Thank U, Next album releases she’d sat back and let her music do the talking instead of doing a ton of promotional interviews, Ariana got visibly emotional and held back tears.
You can watch the full interview with Zane Lowe right here.