Ariana Grande has taken to social media to share a message with her fans.
The singer shared on TikTok that people had started “comparing my current body” to “the unhealthiest version of my body”.
“I was on a lot of antidepressants and drinking on them and eating poorly and at the lowest point of my life when I looked the way you consider my health, but that, in fact, wasn’t my healthy,” she said.
“I know I shouldn’t have to explain that, but I do feel like maybe having an openness and some sort of vulnerability here will [mean] something good might come from it. I don’t know, but that’s the first thing. Healthy can look different.”
“The second thing is, you never know what someone is going through. Even if you are coming from a loving place and a caring place, that person probably is working on it or has a support system that they are working on it with. You never know. So be gentle with each other and with yourselves.”
Grande has spoken openly about her mental health in recent years. Following the Manchester Arena attack at her concert in May 2017 that saw a suicide bomber kill 22 people, Grande has shared more about her battle with anxiety.
She told British Vogue she struggles with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) following the attack.
“I know those families and my fans, and everyone there experienced a tremendous amount of it as well,” she said. “My anxiety has anxiety… I’ve always had anxiety. I’ve never really spoken about it because I thought everyone had it, but when I got home from tour it was the most severe I think it’s ever been.”