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Ariana Grande to body-shamers: “You never know what someone is going through”

"I think we should be gentler and less comfortable commenting on people's bodies - no matter what."
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Content Warning: This article makes reference to body image and appearance. The following content may be sensitive to some readers.

Set to star as Glinda in the upcoming movie adaptation of Wicked, Ariana Grande has been keeping busy lately. Dividing her time between filming and managing her brand R.E.M Beauty, the singer manages to keep much of her personal life, well… personal. 

That is until today where the 29-year-old took to TikTok to share a marked response to online body-shamers.

WATCH: Ariana Grande hits back at body-shamers. Article continues after video.

In recent years Grande’s appearance has been a focal point of her social media comment sections. Whether it be her evolving facial features or size differentiation, her physical changes have been the subject of public scrutiny. And, now, it seems the star has finally had enough. 

In a response to ongoing conversations regarding her body, she shared a video to TikTok with the purpose of clearing up the speculation.

“I just wanted to address your concerns about my body,” she said.

This was accompanied by a text overlay, “You have talked a lot about it over the past decade or longer so I’d like to join in this time :)”

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Ariana Grande has been the subject of frequent physical scrutiny. (Credit: Instagram)

With the overarching message to “be gentler” when approaching the topic of body image, she told her followers pointedly, “If you think you’re saying something good or well intentioned – whatever it is… There are ways to compliment someone or to ignore something that you see that you don’t like.”

“There are many different kinds of beautiful. There are many different ways to look healthy and beautiful.”

“I know personally, for me, the body you’ve been comparing my current body to was the unhealthiest version of my body. I was on a lot of antidepressants and drinking on them and eating poorly and at the lowest point of my life when I looked the way you consider ‘my healthy’.”

Acknowledging that she “shouldn’t have to explain” her changing appearance, she shared the sentiment that some “good might come” from her message.

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The 29-year-old told her followers, “The body you’ve been comparing my current body to was the unhealthiest version of my body.” (Credit: Instagram)

“You never know what someone is going through so even if you are coming from a loving place that person is probably working on it or has a support system that they are working on it with,” she continued.

Receiving an overwhelming response of support from commenters, fellow A-listers have also chimed in with messages of appreciation.

Most notably, Bella Hadid reposted the clip on her Instagram feed with the caption, “@arianagrande 🤍. you never know what someone is dealing with mentally or physically. Disease or depression . Grief or heartache. You just don’t, and you will never know until you walk in a day in their shoes.”

“Instead of unsolicited advice or opinions, judgement or aggression, just try to offer a helping hand and be kind. There is always a reason for the way people look/feel, so try to be soft, especially when you don’t know someone or what they’ve been through,” she continued.

“Instagram is not real and we need to look deeper and consciously remind ourselves that each of us are just human beings trying our best. So next time someone wants to write a nasty article to make fun, or a mean comment to get some likes, just remember that. If someone wants to talk badly about another person, remove yourself from the conversation. It’s so much cooler to be kind. Love you guys. And love you Ari. This is so important, I am very proud of you. It will help so many people. Thank you.”

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Bella Hadid also shared the same messaging on her Instagram prior to her message of support. Instagram (@bellahadid)

Ultimately, Ariana wishes for people to stop commenting on her appearance. With her plate already full with the upcoming Wicked movie (coming November 27, 2024), it’s understandable the conversation would be hindering.

In an pre-emptive attempt to extinguish further comments on her exterior she also gave a disclaimer regarding her face.

“By the way, I’m not wearing eyelashes or eyeliner right now. This is my face, these are my eyes so don’t freak out about that now too, please.”

If you or someone you know is struggling, help is available at:

Lifeline Australia: 13 11 14

Butterfly Foundation: 1800 33 4673

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