Ariana Grande Got Real About Her Personal Life After Celebrating The Anniversary Of "Thank U, Next"

    Looking back on the year since "Thank U, Next's" release, Ariana said: "I can’t believe I've spent more time alone this year than I have in my life, I can't believe how many sessions with my therapist I've had."

    Ariana Grande is thankful for more than just her ex as the singer opened up about her personal life to mark the anniversary of her hit song "Thank U, Next".

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    Taking to Twitter on Sunday, Ariana wished her first Billboard chart-topper a happy birthday, noting that she'd spent more time alone in the year since its release than in her entire life.

    happy birthday ‘thank u, next’. i can’t believe i’ve spent more time alone this year than i have in my life, i can’t believe how many sessions w my therapist i’ve had, how many times i’ve sung this song, how much i’ve learned and healed, how much i still have to learn and heal !

    Ariana also referenced seeing a therapist, something that she's been open about in the past. In 2018, days after the release of "Thank U, Next", a fan asked: "Who is Ariana's therapist and are they accepting new clients?"

    Responding to the tweet, Ariana claimed that therapy had "saved [her] life so many times" before, adding: "If you're afraid to ask for help, don't be. [You] don't have to be in constant pain & [you] can process trauma. I've got a lot of work to do but it's a start to even be aware that it's possible."

    Continuing to celebrate the "Thank U, Next" anniversary, Ariana called it a "productive, emotional, wild and yet happy year", giving special thanks to her fans and close friends, who she said were responsible for holding her together while on tour.

    it’s been one hall of a productive, emotional, wild and yet ... happy! year. thankful for my babies who have provided me with endless strength, energy and inspiration... and to my friends who have held me together on the road and at home. i’m sure they’re just as exhausted lmao.

    And, despite being romantically linked to close friend and collaborator Mikey Foster recently, Ariana added that she still "[doesn't] know shit about love", saying that spending time with her pets is "more than enough" right now.

    update: i still don’t know shit ab love or have a clue what a personal life looks like other than hanging with pups and piggy which i’ve learned is ... actually ... more than enough !

    This echoed Ariana's previous tweet at the beginning of the year when, while responding to rumours about her personal life, she denied dating anybody. In a since-deleted tweet, she said: "For the rest of the year/probably the rest of my life: it's no one. Please refer back to this tweet for future questions."

    Rounding up her thoughts, Ariana said that her "heart feels good" despite still having questions. "I've accepted it and feel somewhat whole and that feels like something worth sharing," she finished.

    anyway, not sure why this anniversary has made me ramble on so much but .... my heart feels good. even though everything is up in the air / i still have a million questions ... i’ve accepted it and feel somewhat whole and that feels like something worth sharing. i guess. love u.

    "Thank U, Next" marked a rise in stardom for Ariana when she dropped the track with almost no warning in November last year.

    Hours before the release of the song, however, Ariana had to clear up rumours that the song was going to be a diss track aimed at ex-fiancé Pete Davidson.

    Talking about the success of the song and her previous album Sweetener, Ariana also got real about her personal life while accepting Billboard's Woman of the Year award, noting the irony that 2018 had been the best of her career.

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    "I find it interesting that this has been one of the best years of my career and the worst of my life," she said. "A lot of people would look at someone in my position right now as an artist that could be at her peak and think, 'She's really got her shit together, she's really on it. She's got it all.' And I do, but as far as my personal life goes, I really have no idea what the fuck I’m doing."

    Calling the year "a conflicting one", an emotional Ariana added: "I just want to say if you're someone out there who has no idea what this next chapter is going to bring, you're not alone in that."

    Ben Henry is a celebrity reporter for BuzzFeed UK and is based in London.

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