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    15 Things We Learned From Ariana Grande's Candid Interview With Vogue

    She opened up about grief, relationships, and what's next.

    Ariana Grande is on the August cover of Vogue. In the feature, she spoke candidly about a number of topics, including her fans, her "eccentric" family, and her past relationships.

    Here's what we learned.

    1. Performing at Coachella reminded her of Mac Miller.

    2. And her grief surrounding Mac Miller's death is "all-consuming":

    3. Her relationship with her fans is complex, open, and special.

    4. Ariana knows that her engagement to Pete Davidson was "unrealistic."


    "It was an amazing distraction. It was frivolous and fun and insane and highly unrealistic, and I loved him, and I didn’t know him."

    5. She's still learning to cope with everything she's gone through:

    6. She's still processing the Manchester bombing.

    7. Ariana's influences were '90s divas, gay men, and Judy Garland, her mom Joan Grande recalled:

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    "The soundtrack was Whitney, Madonna, Mariah, Celine, Barbra, all the divas," her mom said. "Gay, divas, divas, gay, belting divas ... She studied them carefully."

    8. Ariana thinks her family is eccentric and weird.

    "My mom is goth. Her whole wardrobe is modeled after Cersei Lannister’s. I’m not kidding. I’m like, ‘Mom, why are you wearing epaulets? It’s Thanksgiving.’"

    9. Even though she got her start on Nickelodeon, Ariana always saw acting as a way to segue into her true passion of making music:


    "[People] were like, 'You should audition for some TV shows and build yourself a platform' ... So I did that. I booked that TV show, and then I was like, 'OK, now can I make music?'"

    10. Ariana likes that her signature style has become a character.

    11. She thinks a lot of her early music was "lacking in substance" and that she's finally putting out music that's more meaningful to her.

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    "A lot of my [early] singles have been hilariously lacking in substance. You’re talking to someone who put ‘Side to Side’ out as a single. I love that song, but it’s just a fun song about sex."

    12. Speaking of songs about sex, Ariana thinks that parents who worry about her more sexual lyrics should use them as an opportunity to start a conversation with their kids.

    13. She doesn't care if being outspoken about issues affects her sales:

    14. Ariana doesn't remember much of making the Thank U, Next album because she was "so drunk" and "so sad":

    15. As for what's next, she's hoping to land an acting gig and evolving:

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    "I have this idea of what I’d like to be. I can see this stronger, amazing, fearless version of myself that one day I hope to evolve into."

    Thanks for being so candid in this amazing interview, Ariana. Wishing you peace and healing, queen.

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    You can read the full Vogue feature here.

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