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Ariana Grande is at the point in her life where she is "making the best music I've ever made," and "working my ass off every single day," but still feels the double standard being spread by the media. After The Sun brought up a potential romance brewing between Ariana and One Direction's Niall Horan, Grande shot back, "A girl can be friends with something with a dick and not hop on it." The interview question led the singer to type up a passionate message for her fans and haters.
She no longer wants to be referred to as "Big Sean's ex," and admits that she is "tired of living in a word 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." The singer notes that she comes from a "long bloodline of female activists," including her Aunt Judy who was the first Italian-American female president of Washington D.C.'s National Press Club. She ends her heartfelt statement with Gloria Steinem's quote on sisterhood, "Any woman who choses to behave like a full human being should be warned that the armies of the status quo will treat her as something of a dirty joke...She will need her sisterhood."
Grande has surely found sisterhood in den mother Taylor Swift, who responded to her fellow songstress a few hours later.
@ArianaGrande I'm so proud of you, always. But especially today. "She will need her sisterhood."— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) June 7, 2015