Story Courtesy: Storyful, Emily Thomas
A video posted by TMZ on July 7 shows pop star Ariana Grande at a donut shop in Lake Elsinore, California, with her new beau, back-up dancer Ricky Alvarez. Grande and her boyfriend are seen whispering about the donuts and egging each other on to lick the ones on top of the counter while the shop’s staff is looking away.
Near the end of the video, as a tray of fresh donuts is placed on top of the counter, Grande can be heard saying, “What the f**k is that? I hate Americans. I hate America.”
The seemingly out of character display of actions for Grande has in turn generated much discussion on social media, and the backlash that Grande has received has caused her to issue an official statement below.
I am EXTREMELY proud to be an American and I’ve always made it clear that I love my country. What I said in a private moment with my friend, who was buying the donuts, was taken out of context and I am sorry for not using more discretion with my choice of words. As an advocate for healthy eating, food is very important to me and I sometimes get upset by how freely we as Americans eat and consume things without giving any thought to the consequences that it has on our health and society as a whole. The fact that the United States has the highest child obesity rate in the world frustrates me. We need to do more to educate ourselves and our children about the dangers of overeating and the poison that we put into our bodies. We need to demand more from our food industry. However I should have known better in how I expressed myself; and with my new responsibility to others as a public figure I will strive to be better. As for why I cannot be at the MLB show, I have had emergency oral surgery and due to recovery I cannot attend the show. I hope to make it up to all those fans soon. That being said let me once again apologize if I have offended anyone with my poor choice of words.
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Ariana Grande was only 22 when she ruined her career by licking a donut. https://t.co/J6waxIAx5b
— ⠀ (@UnbrokenDeIuxe) July 8, 2015
We all know who leaked the video of Ariana Grande in the donut shop…. pic.twitter.com/utId0saiuN
— Ariana Tumblr Post (@AgbsTumblr) July 8, 2015
Is the singer just digging a deeper donut-hole with her response to this leaked video?