Ariana Grande has spoken out about claims that she is a diva.
The singer says it’s purely sexism. Because if she were a powerful, forceful man no one would be name-calling. She tells UK newspaper The Metro, “I honestly don’t know where my reputation comes from.”
“I know that it happens in the media, there are times when they build you up and then break you down,” she continued. “I’m not really sure why, I’m just trying to focus on the positive and focus on what’s important.”
“I’m a very positive person so it’s funny that they’re calling me a diva because it’s the opposite,” she insisted. “At the end of the day, it’s just rumours.” Moreover, she explains, “It’s almost sad really. You don’t see them doing that to men. It’s gross in my opinion… I’ve been acting and performing for so many years but no one tried to vilify me. It’s just lately that all of this has started happening.”
This weekend, Ariana declared she didn’t care about being labelled a diva. However, she does mind the name-calling and gendered slurs such as “b**ch”.
Similarly, this weekend, singer Taylor Swift called criticism of her own personal life “sexist”. Noting that no one calls out Bruno Mars or Ed Sheeran for using their romantic life in their art.