Ariana says she actually stopped doing interviews because if she defended herself, she would be called a diva: “I stopped doing interviews for a really long time because I felt like whenever I would get into the position where somebody would try to say something for clickbait or twist my words, I would defend myself and then people would be like, ‘Oh she’s a diva.”

She went on to say oftentimes, things she would say would be changed around as if she could not have her own opinions about things. She explained that when men express themselves, they are not criticized for their opinions: “If I have an opinion artistically or if I am directing something or if I have something to say regarding a choice that’s being made with my career, it always was in the past kind of manipulated and turned into this negative thing.

When men express their opinions or defend themselves or are directing something and making notes on something, they’re brilliant and they’re geniuses and yeah, what a boss. It’s just so not the same thing with women, which I hope we can work on fixing. It does make you wanna quiet down a little bit, but I’m trying to also say f*** that. I’m tired of seeing women silenced by it.”

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