Why It Was Important For Ariana Grande To Take Care Of Herself After The Manchester Bombing

"It poured out into the music."

Almost one year later, Ariana Grande is opening up about how she coped after the bombing at her Manchester concert last May. In a new interview with Time, the 24-year-old singer talks about her upbeat new single "No Tears Left to Cry," and how self-care helped her creatively. 

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"When I started to take care of myself more, then came balance, and freedom, and joy. It poured out into the music," she told the magazine, adding of her upside-down music video, "We've messed with the idea of not being able to find the ground again, because I feel like I'm finally landing back on my feet now."

Grande also shared that she has spent time in therapy. "I felt more inclined to tap into my feelings because I was spending more time with them," she said of her latest album, adding of her struggle with anxiety, "I never opened up about it, because I thought that was how life was supposed to feel."

Speaking of the aftermath of the bombing, in which 22 people were killed, Grande said, "The processing part is going to take forever." She added, "You think with time it'll become easier to talk about. Or you'll make peace with it. But every day I wait for that peace to come and it's still very painful."

Of course, Grande has taken care of more than just herself since last year's tragedy. She visited with victims and their families in the hospital, and organized a benefit concert in the city featuring appearances from artists such as Miley Cyrus and Justin Bieber. In the months since, she has taken time during her concerts to remember those who died. The city of Manchester thanked Grande for her compassionate response by making her an honorary citizen

Grande's new album (to be released this summer) will be called Sweetener, and she shared the message she hopes to send to fans. "When you're handed a challenge," she told Time, "instead of sitting there and complaining about it, why not try to make something beautiful?"

(H/T: Teen Vogue)

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