WordPress user PrimalScreaming revealed in a blog post this morning that his daughters — both huge Ariana Grande superfans — have had the opportunity to meet the star twice, once in 2011 and once recently, and that in the years that passed between the two meetings, she has turned into an enormous asshole.
According to the post, his daughters had the chance to meet her first in 2011, when she was still mostly a Nickelodeon star who posted covers to her YouTube channel. His younger daughter had seen an offhand tweet about being near their Vegas home and decided to meet up with her. At the time, she couldn’t have been a kinder, more grateful star:
Ariana spotted Jen smiling at her. [My daughter] Jen didn’t have to say anything.
“Hi,” smiled Ari, “Do you want a picture?”
“Yes, please. I’m such a fan of yours. I saw your tweet and hoped I could come down and meet you.”
“Aww, that’s so cool,” replied Ariana, “What’s your name? Check out my new hoodie! Do you like it?”
They chatted for a minute or two, and then posed for a photo. Ari threw up a peace sign. I took the picture.
“Can we do that again, please?” asked Ariana, “I think I probably looked terrible in that one.”
Of course I re-took the photo. Ariana never asked to see or approve of either picture. Jen deleted the first one, without being asked to do so. She did it out of common respect. As they said their goodbyes, Ariana hugged Jen, and Mrs. Joan Grande actually thanked us for coming to meet her daughter. It was a wonderful experience, and Jen has told the world about it for years.
Which is in stark contrast to her personality at the meeting the blogger’s daughter had with her in 2014, this time by winning a painstaking contest in which contestants had to create a piece of art for Grande and attach an explanation about why they loved her so much. The prizes included seats at the VMAs, a hotel stay, and a “meet and greet,” all of which turned out to be enormously disappointing, but still paled in comparison to the utterly frosty treatment by the now-superstar Ariana:
She spent perhaps 15 seconds with each of them. That is not an exaggeration. They took an approved photo with her and that was it. No small talk. No banter. No “I can pretend I care a slight bit for you because you support me, you tweeted about me and my projects thousands of times, you buy my music, and you traveled so far, while paying for your own taxis, three days of meals, new outfits to meet me in, and federal and state taxes on this prize. Let me hear the one sentence you’ve always dreamed about telling me.”
Nothing. That was it. Don’t be fooled by the sweet smile in the photos below. Ariana gave that grin for each picture, but then it was gone again. She never bothered to even ask anyone their name. She didn’t inquire as to who the contest winners were, as opposed to their guests, or what they created to win the right to meet her. Shocked by all this, Jen, whom Ari had been so kind to in 2011, walked up and said “Ari, here’s a photo we took together in Vegas at the Titanic…”
Ms. Grande glanced at the photo on Jen’s phone and said, “Let’s redo that picture.” She said nothing else, so Jen retook the photo. No peace sign from Ari this time. Then Jen took out one of the drawings that won the contest for her. Kelly snapped a photo of her smiling little sister giving Ariana the drawing.
“Delete those pictures, please” was all Ariana said.
“Can I just keep the one of my sister showing you the drawing?” asked Kel.
Ariana turned to her security and ordered, “Make sure she deleted those.”
The blogger went on to reveal that the family has met many other celebrities in their time in New York, LA, and Vegas, and that each one — including Britney Spears, who spent 15 minutes alone with the family, taking dozens of pictures and talking to everyone — was incredibly nice and humble. Ariana is the only star who has “completely ignored” his superfan daughters, even at an arranged private meet-and-greet. MTV obviously holds some of the blame as well, forcing the contest winners to hold a “fake interview” before the meeting where they talked about how great it was to meet her.
As someone who loves Ariana’s bootleg Mariah Carey music — but fully accepts that she is probably a mutant community musical theatre ingenue in real life — this news doesn’t surprise me. But it’s always nice to hear that the person who dresses like a high school mean girl at all times actually is one in real life.