Since being introduced because the headliner for this yr’s Manchester Pride Festival, pop megastar Ariana Grande has been going through some backlash. Along with being criticized as a straight lady main a lineup for an LGBTQ competition, the star additionally got here below hearth after ticket costs for the competition skyrocketed following her announcement.
Replying to a fan’s touch upon Twitter, Grande addressed the controversy, aiming to clear up any misconceptions about her efficiency on the annual competition. For starters, the singer made clear that she was not accountable for the worth hike. “I’ve nothing to do with ticket pricing,” she wrote. “Manchester Pride units these charges, they usually’re principally out of my management.”
The "Thank U, Next" singer went on to say that she has a particular reference to each the LGBTQ group and town of Manchester and that she wished to have fun each of these relationships together with her efficiency. “I need to have fun and assist this group, no matter my identification or how folks label me,” she mentioned. “And additionally I wanna go to a metropolis which means a lot to me.”
Grande added that she understood the significance of illustration in the neighborhood, saying that she could be proud to carry out alongside LGBTQ artists. “I do assume there’s room for us to speak about these points with out equating a efficiency *for* an LGBTQ viewers with exploitation of the LGBTQ group,” she mentioned.
The star’s headlining efficiency at Manchester Pride will mark her first live performance in Manchester since One Love Manchester, Grande’s charity profit present in June 2017 supporting the victims and households of these killed within the bombing at Grande’s Manchester live performance two weeks prior. She will likely be joined by fellow headliner Years & Years, together with Kim Petras, Bananarama and extra.
Grande closed her assertion saying that she understood if folks have been sad that she, a straight white artist, was chosen to headline a Pride occasion, however added that she merely wished to have fun her queer followers. “I’m not claiming to be the hero of the group or the face of the LGBTQ rights motion — I simply wanna placed on a present that makes my LGBTQ followers really feel particular and celebrated and supported,” she mentioned.
Read Ariana Grande’s full assertion relating to Manchester Pride beneath: