25 Little-Known Facts About Ariana Grande For Her 25th Birthday

Ariana Grande in her music video for No Tears Left To Hide
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1. Her full name is Ariana Grande-Butera

2. She’s named after Princess Oriana from Felix the Cat

3. She has a half-brother, Frankie, who’s 10 years older than her and was once a contestant on Big Brother

4. She has six dogs: Coco, Toulouse, Ophelia, Fawkes, Cinnamon, and Sirius Black

5. Unsurprisingly, she’s a HUGE Harry Potter Nerd


6. She’s vegan

7. She was born in Boca Raton, Florida

8. When she was 14-years-old, she told her managers her goal was to make an R&B album

9. Ariana’s first crush was Justin Timberlake

10. At age 10, Ariana co-founded the South Florida youth singing group called “Kids Who Care,” which would perform at fundraising events

11. Her Mom thought she’d become a serial killer because she was so obsessed with horror films

12. She also DEFINITELY believes in ghosts

13. Several of her songs are supportive of the LGBTQ+ community, which is why some of her fans call her a “gay icon”

14. Mac Miller wrote “Cinderella” about her

15. Ariana has performed at the White House multiple times, including the Women of Soul and the Easter Egg Roll events

16. She’s Italian — half-Sicilian, half-Abruzzese

17. When she was eight years old, Gloria Estefan heard her singing on a cruise ship and told her, “You were meant to do this.”

18. She never received formal voice training

19. While many know her as Cat from Victorious, she actually started out on Broadway, in a play called 13

20. The first time she ever appeared onscreen with fiancé Pete Davidson was on SNL, while she was ironically singing a musical comedy skit called “What Will My Scandal Be”

21. She became an animal activist after watching the documentary Blackfish

22. She was raised Catholic, but when her brother came out as gay, she began questioning her faith

23. She had to start wearing wigs and extensions in Victorious because the cherry-red hair dye she used damaged her hair so badly

24. She’s a huge hockey fan (and even sang the National Anthem at a Panthers game when she was only 8)

25. She started wearing her iconic ponytail to hide hair loss (due to dying her hair for Victorious) Thought Catalog Logo Mark

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