Ariana Grande’s Crippling Panic Attacks Have Forced Her To Cancel A Meet & Greet
Ariana Grande has been forced to cancel a Belgian meet-and-greet with fans for her mental health, revealing on Instagram that her depression and anxiety “have been at an all time high.”
“Hi my loves. Time for some honesty. My anxiety and depression have been at an all time high lately. I have been giving you all I’ve got and trying to push through as hard as I can and mask it. Today has been an extra rough one. After a handful of panic attacks, I feel like the wisest decision would be to not do soundcheck party or m&g today and preserve my energy for the show,” she wrote.
“I don’t want to rush through our time together or seem shaky. I like spending actual time with you and I won’t be able to be present or give you the best of me today,” she added. “I wish I had control over these attacks but as anybody with anxiety or depression understands, sometimes you can only operate on its terms and not your own.”
Before her Antwerp performance, she shared a photo with the caption, “I’ll give u all I have n nothing less I promise,” along with two videos that damn well show off her nimble ability to navigate some notes.
Fans sent an outpour of love in the comments, with one writing “you did that tonight!!! so damn proud of you & you have been through so much stuff and still you are so damn strong & I don’t know a better person than u & i cannot express how much I love u.”
The 26-year-old ‘7 Rings’ singer has been touring her Sweetener album since March, so it’s no wonder the transient touring life is taking its toll.
And tbh, we’re shocked that Ari is even touring at all considering what she’s been through.
She’s been open with fans about her PTSD following the 2017 Manchester terror attacks at her show, even sharing a photo of the damage it’s physically taken on her brain.
Add the passing of her long-term ex Mac Miller, an album release, performances at some of the world's biggest festivals, public appearances and a world tour; and you’ve got more stress that you can physically imagine.
We’ve gotta give her credit for doing what she does because that can’t be easy.
- Tait McGregor