Ariana Grande has had a busy year so far. After taking some time out to herself following the tragic attack that happened during her concert at the Manchester Arena, she’s come back with a new fiancé, new album and new happy-go-lucky perspective on life.
But that’s not the only new things she’s introduced to herself, because as well as getting inkings dedicated to her fiancé, Pete Davidson, she’s also just unveiled a new inking on her arm, dedicated to an anime character from Spirited Away.
Ariana via her instagram Story #2 pic.twitter.com/VHKPzwcjJx
— Ariana World Update (@Arianaworldupd2) August 29, 2018
Speaking to her followers about her new inking, the singer said: ‘Chihiro’s growth into a capable individual is a core factor to the movement of ‘Spirited Away’s plot. During her adventure in the Spirit World, she matures from an easily-scared girl with a child-like personality to match her age to a hard-working, responsible and brave young girl who has learned to put her fears aside for those she cares for. To protect her friends and rescue her parents from a spell that has turned them into livestock, Chihiro sheds her former personality and adapts to her environment to become a courageous, quick-witted and reliable girl.”
Last year Manchester was struck by tragedy when a suicide bomber detonated an explosive at an Ariana Grande concert.
22 people were killed and dozens more injured as they were leaving the event and the city faced one of its darkest days in recent memory.
Tributes poured in for the victims with and Ariana Grande returned to play the city two weeks later after she organised the One Love benefit concert that hosted a list of the industry’s biggest names including Coldplay, Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus, Pharrell and Liam Gallagher.
It appears that the musician may have paid tribute to those affected by the horrific events in her new album Sweetener. At the end of the album’s final track is Get Well Soon, however fans were perplexed by the 40 seconds of silence that brought the track and record to a close.
However listeners have realised that thanks to that stint of silence, the track length is brought up to five minutes and 22 seconds. Matching the date of the Manchester bombing, May 22.
the fact ariana honoured the Manchester victims in get well soon allowing a moment of silence until it was 5 minutes 22 seconds long, I just don’t have the words right now. she has my entire heart. @ArianaGrande you’re an angel ♡ #Sweetener
— chelsea (@Chelseaxphelps) August 17, 2018
— Payton Hoover (@P_Hoov) August 17, 2018
— Melissa Kacar (@melkacar) August 17, 2018
Speaking to Beats1 Apple Music, the singer revealed that the song ‘Get Well Soon’ was written in the aftermath of the bombing, and that is basically symbolizes her need to give everyone a ‘big hug’.
Grande said: “It’s just about being there for each other and helping each other through scary times and anxiety,” she said through tears. “There’s some dark shit out there, man. And we just have to be there for each other as much as we can. ‘Cause you never fucking know, you know? So, I wanted to do something to make people feel good and less alone.”
“It’s also about personal demons, and anxiety, and more intimate tragedies as well, you know? Mental health is so important. People don’t pay enough mind to it because we have things to do, schedules, we have jobs, kids, places to be, and pressures to fit in, Instagram Stories—whatever the fuck facade you’re trying to put on, trying to keep up. People don’t pay attention to what’s happening inside, you know? I’m so sorry, I’m falling apart. ”
Ariana then continued, “I just wanted to give people a hug, musically. I feel like the lyrics can be kind of corny when I talk about wanting to hug you and stuff, but I really do. I don’t know. People gotta be nicer.”
Following the One Love concert which raised millions, Grande was made an honorary citizen of Manchester and praised for her bravery in returning to the city so soon and organising the event.