Ariana Grande isn't here for your questions about her love life. The "Problem" singer posted an open letter on her Instagram, calling out the media — and the world, for that matter — for the double standards imposed on men and women when it comes to love, sex and self-expression.
"Being 'empowered'.... is not the same as being a 'b***h'..." Grande, who recently split from Big Sean, muses. "HAVING SOMETHING TO SAY.... is not the same as HAVING A BAD ATTITUDE. What I meant when I said what I said about not being Sean's ex is that I am tired of living in a world where women are mostly referred to as a man's past, present, or future PROPERTY / POSSESSION. I... do not. belong. to anyone. but myself. and neither do you."
Grande says that being single is allowing her to focus completely on her career. "I have clearly not been having the boy questions in my interviews lately because I have come to the realization that I have SO. MUCH. MORE. to talk about," she writes. "I'm currently making the best music I've ever made in my life, having the best time of my life on tour with some of the greatest people I've ever known, working my a** off every single day."
The 21-year-old sensation hopes that her words can affect some change. "Misogyny [is] still ever present," she wrote. "I can't wait to live in a world where people are not valued by who they're dating / married to / attached to, having sex with (or not) / seen with.... but by their value as an individual. I want the people reading this to know that they are MORE THAN enough on their own."
She concludes, "I'm saying this after literally 8 years of feeling like I constantly had to have a boy by my side. After being on my own now for a few months I am realizing that that's just not the case... I have never felt more present, grounded, and satisfied. I've never laughed harder or had more fun or enjoyed my life more."
One less problem, indeed.
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