Listen up, chauvinists: Ariana Grande has a message for you. As the singer preps the release of her new album Dangerous Woman, she isn't holding back her thoughts when it comes to the media's portrayal of female artists.
In her Billboard cover story, the singer discusses the ways in which women are treated by the media after they do a sexy photo shoot versus how their male counterparts are treated in the same regard. "If you’re going to rave about how sexy a male artist looks with his shirt off and a woman decides to get in her panties or show her boobies for a photo shoot, she needs to be treated with the same awe and admiration," Ariana told the magazine. "I will say it until I’m an old-ass lady with my t**s out at Whole Foods. I’ll be in the produce aisle, naked at 95, with a sensible ponytail, one strand of hair left on my head and a Chanel bow. Mark my words. See you there with my 95 dogs.”
Ariana then commented on the unfair way female artists are often described in the press, usually in reference to an equally-famous guy they once dated. “I’ll never be able to swallow the fact that people feel the need to attach a successful woman to a man when they say her name,” she said. “I saw a headline — draw your own conclusions [on the subjects] because it’ll be so much drama that I don’t want — they called someone another someone’s ex, and that pissed me off. This person has had so many great records in the last year, and she hasn’t been dating him forever. Call her by her name! I hate that. Like, I’m fuming. Sorry. You opened up ... I need to take a sip of water and breathe. Don’t get me started on this s***."
While she's more than willing to take a side in this debate, she's less down to choose which side she's on when it comes to some of pop's greatest showdowns, like when Taylor Swift and Nicki Minaj went head-to-head before the 2015 VMAs. “If people are fighting, I stay as far away as possible. I’ve said this a million times: I hate drama. I love women in the industry. I’m a big fan of all my peers, and I try to keep it a hundred," she said. "That’s why I don’t look at anything. I’m like, ‘My song’s out!’ Then I run for the hills. ‘Here’s another picture of my dogs! Bye!'"
Tell 'em, girl!