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Ariana Grande on getting political: “I’m [not] just going to shut up and sing my songs”

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Alexi LubomirskiAriana Grande wants us all to “spread light” in these divisive political times. She does have a song called “The Light Is Coming,” after all.

In a new cover story with Elle magazine, the singer talks about using her privilege to help others and how she feels about celebrities who refuse to use their platform to speak out.

“Everyone has to have uncomfortable conversations with their relatives,” Ariana says. “Instead of unfriending people on Facebook who share different political views, comment! Have a conversation! Try to spread the f****** light.”

Ariana is practicing what she preaches. She frequently speaks out about political and social issues, even if it might mean losing fans or album sales. She thinks it’s “wild” when fellow pop stars don’t speak up.

“There’s a lot of noise when you say anything about anything,” she says. “But if I’m not going to say it, what’s the f****** point of being here? Not everyone is going to agree with you, but that doesn’t mean I’m just going to shut up and sing my songs.”

She adds, “I’m also going to be a human being who cares about other human beings; to be an ally and use my privilege to help educate people.”

Ariana also talks to Elle about the aftermath of the Manchester attack, saying she dealt with “dizzy spells” and “felt so upside down.” She credits fans for giving her courage to continue performing.

“It’s the most inspiring thing in the world that these kids pack the venue,” she says. “They’re smiling, holding signs saying, ‘Hate will never win.’ “Why would I second-guess getting on a f****** stage and being there for them?”

Ariana’s album Sweetener comes out August 17.

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