Ariana Grande calls on fans to stop body shaming – BBC News Africa

  • By Paul Glynn
  • entertainment reporter

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Ariana Grande says antidepressants and alcohol have affected her weight in the past

Singer Ariana Grande has called on fans to be “softer and less comfortable” in commenting on her and others’ bodies after a recent review of her social media appearance.

In a TikTok video, she said she had a body that was “given so much attention” so “wanted to address” the concerns.

It comes after some users commented on her recent apparent weight loss.

Grande said they “compared my current body” to “the most unhealthy version of my body.”

The 29-year-old American star explained: “I was taking a lot of anti-depressants and drinking them and eating badly and at the lowest point in my life when I looked the way you consider my health, but that’s not was actually not my health.

“I know I shouldn’t have to explain this, but I feel like maybe having an openness and kind of vulnerability here [mean] something good could come out of it. I don’t know but that’s the first thing. Health can look different.”

She continued: “The second thing is you never know what someone is going through. Even if you come from a loving and caring place, that person is probably working there or has a support system they are working on with. .

“You never know. So be gentle with each other and with yourselves.”

‘Many different types of beauties’

Grande, known for pop hits such as One Last Time and Thank U, Next, is also an actress and will star as Glinda Upland in the upcoming movie Wicked, based on the musical of the same name.

Emphasizing that “there are many types of beauty,” she suggested fans avoid making even “well-meaning” remarks about people’s appearance “healthy, unhealthy, tall, short, this, that, sexy. , not sexy”.

“There are ways to compliment someone or ignore something that you see you don’t like, and I think we should help each other work it out,” she said. “We should aim to be safer and protect each other.”

She has previously spoken of her “anxiety” and mental health struggles, particularly after the Manchester Arena attack when a suicide bomber killed 22 people after her concert in May 2017.

And she’s not the only star to have her weight widely discussed. Last month, Selena Gomez said there are reasons why a person’s body size and shape can change. In his case, the lupus medication causes him to retain water.

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Singer and actress Selena Gomez also denounced body shaming comments

“I just want people to know that you’re beautiful and you’re wonderful,” the 30-year-old singer and actress told her TikTok followers.

“And yeah, we have days where we maybe feel like [rubbish] but I would much rather be healthy and take care of myself, and my medications are important and I believe they are what helps me. So here is, [I’m] not a role model, never will be.”

On Tuesday, some social media users criticized the culture of body shaming that prompted Gomez and Grande’s videos.

“Selena Gomez and Ariana Grande shouldn’t have to go on a public platform to explain their weight gain/loss over hateful reviews,” one posted, adding, “This is mean, cruel and unfair, especially today.”

In 2021, singer Adele told Vogue she was “disappointed” in the “rough conversations” about her weight loss.

Around the same time, Jonah Hill, also slimmed down, urged his followers to refrain from commenting on his appearance.

“I know you mean well but I kindly ask you not to comment on my body for good or bad,” the actor wrote. “I want to politely let you know that it’s not helpful and it doesn’t feel good.”

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