It's an emotional 26th birthday for the singer at the Scotiabank Arena.
Ariana Grande celebrated her 26th birthday last night (June 26) as 20,000 fans sang ‘Happy Birthday’ to her during her concert in Toronto.
During the concert at Scotiabank Arena, Grande’s family presented her with a birthday cake and led the crowd into singing ‘Happy Birthday’ to the singer. Grande said “I love you all so much” afterwards.
The cake featured seven layers, in honour of Grande’s song ‘Seven Rings’ – which she sang after being presented with the birthday tribute.
Over her last two albums, Ariana Grande has unpacked new love, heartbreak, and trauma. She’s in the midst of her Sweetener World Tour, and, understandably, performing those songs has been emotionally taxing for the pop star. She choked up before she could say Mac Miller’s name during “thank u, next” in Pittsburgh. And last night, she cried during “R.E.M,” a song about ex-boyfriend Pete Davidson.
Today, Grande shared a statement about the incident. “Tour is wild. life is wild,” she writes. “I feel everything very intensely and have committed to doing this tour during a time in my life when i’m still processing a lot … so sometimes i cry a lot!”
“I’m sharing this because i’m grateful and because i want you to know that if you too are hurting, you can push through and are not alone. it is hard to balance taking care of the people around you, doing your job, and healing / taking care of yourself at the same time… but i want you to know, you aren’t alone and i think you’re doing great. love you.”
tour is wild. life is wild. i’m grateful for the sea of love i have around me everyday and for the people who come to these shows and give all of us every ounce of energy they’ve got. i’m grateful to work with the best musicians and dancers in the world. i’m grateful for my voice and my team. i’m grateful for this music. i’m grateful for my tour bus driver, Kurt who bought me pickles yesterday because he saw we ran out. i’m grateful for the opportunity to sing to thousands of people every night. it’s a dream come true. no matter how hard it gets or how many feelings come up that are screaming at me to be processed and sorted through one day, i’m grounded by gratitude and promise not to give up on what i’ve started. i feel everything very intensely and have committed to doing this tour during a time in my life when i’m still processing a lot … so sometimes i cry a lot! i thank you for accepting my humanness. i’m not sure what i did to deserve to meet so many loving souls every night / to feel so much love, but i want you to know that it really does carry me through. i feel it and i appreciate it. and all of you so much.
i’m sharing this because i’m grateful and because i want you to know that if you too are hurting, you can push through and are not alone. it is hard to balance taking care of the people around you, doing your job, and healing / taking care of yourself at the same time… but i want you to know, you aren’t alone and i think you’re doing great.
Ariana Grande has been one to watch for years. With her stunning vocal chops, quirky style, and sweet personality, it’s no surprise that she has achieved an incredible amount of success in such a short period of time. 2019 has been marked by the 26-year-old’s success. She has dominated the charts, Instagram, and is currently on her third world tour for her album, Sweetener. But there was a brief stint of time where fans weren’t sure if the “thank u, next” singer would be up to touring. Ultimately though, Grande decided to go on tour for this surprising reason.
Anyone who has been following Grande’s career knows that she’s has a tough couple of years. From suffering from mental health issues following the suicide bombing that occurred at her concert in Manchester, to breaking off her engagement to Pete Davidson, to experiencing overwhelming grief following the loss of her ex-boyfriend, Mac Miller, Grande has not had an easy time of it. Her loyal fans, who have dubbed themselves Arianators, would likely have understood if she opted out of a tour. However, Grande’s struggle with mental health is actually what prompted her to go on tour in the first place.
In a recent interview with Vogue, the “NASA” singer opened up about what led to the decision to go on tour. “I was researching healing and PTSD and talking to therapists, and everyone was like, ‘You need a routine, a schedule.’ Of course, because I’m an extremist, I’m like, OK, I’ll go on tour!” the singer said. However, Grande admits that performing songs that are so personal and speak to such recent and painful events in her life can be a challenge. “It’s hard to sing songs that are about wounds that are so fresh. It’s fun, it’s pop music, and I’m not trying to make it sound like anything that it’s not, but these songs to me really do represent some heavy sh*t” the “needy” singer confessed.
The next round of dates will kick off Nov. 9 with a show in Nassau, N.Y.
Ariana Grande is offically booked for the whole year. In the midst of a North American leg of her Sweetener Tour, the singer announced a fresh slate of U.S. dates on Thursday morning (June 20) that will keep her on the road through the holidays. The 19-date run is slated to kick off Nov. 9 with a show at the Nassau Memorial Coliseum in Nassau, N.Y., and run through a Dec. 21 gig at The Forum in Los Angeles.
Grande, who revealed to fans on Wednesday (June 19) that she has been battling through a bout of bronichitis during this week's four-show run in New York, will wrap her North American run on Aug. 4 by headlining Lollapalooza in Chicago before hopping to London for a three-show run at the O2 arena (Aug. 17, 19, 20), crisscrossing Europe and winding up where she began with two more shows at the O2 on Oct. 15 and 16.
Check out the new Sweetener Tour dates below: Nov. 9 -- Nassau, NY @ Nassau Memorial Coliseum Nov. 12 -- Brooklyn, NY @ Barclays Center Nov. 15 -- Charlottesville, VA @ John Paul Jones Arena Nov. 17 -- Lexington, KY @ Rupp Arena Nov. 19 -- Atlanta, GA @ State Farm Arena Nov. 22 -- Raleigh, NC @ PNC Arena Nov. 24 -- Tampa, FL @ Amalie Arena Nov. 25 -- Orlando, FL @ Amway Center Nov. 27 -- Miami, FL @ American Airlines Arena Dec. 1 -- Jacksonville, FL @ VyStar Veterans Memorial Coliseum Dec. 3 -- Columbia, SC @ Colonial Life Arena Dec. 5 -- Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena Dec. 7 -- Memphis, TN @ FedEx Forum Dec. 9 -- Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center Dec. 12 -- Phoenix, AZ @ Talking Stick Resort Arena Dec. 13 -- Anaheim, CA @ Honda Center Dec. 15 -- Las Vegas, NV @ MGM Grand Garden Arena Dec. 17 -- San Francisco, CA @ Chase Center Dec. 21 -- Los Angeles, CA @ The Forum