Ariana Grande Shares Apology Video: 'I'm Going to Learn From My Mistakes'
Following the outcry over the past 24 hours, Ariana Grande released an apology video Thursday night (July 9) as a follow up to her previously released apology. Grande's remarks follow leaked video of herself and friends in a donut shop, where she was caught on camera saying "I hate America," as well as appearing to lick donuts that remained for sale.
"I wanted to make a video to apologize again for the whole donut fiasco," she explained in the black-and-white video, which found the singer looking straight on at what is presumably a computer camera. "I feel like the apology I posted, I kind of missed the opportunity to sincerely apologize and express how I was feeling because I was too busy preaching about my issues with the food industry which is like, not relative."
"I was trying to get you to understand where I was coming from when I said what I said," she continued, "but that's not important. I'd rather just apologize and I feel like now's my chance before the whole thing blows over to say my sorry."
Focusing primarily on her America comments, Grande explained that she's actually never been prouder to be an American, especially considering all the recent progressive strides this country has made.
"Seeing a video of yourself behaving poorly that you had no idea was taken is such a rude awakening. It's like you don't know what to do; I was so disgusted with myself, I wanted to shove my face in a pillow and just disappear. But instead of that I'm going to come forward and own up to what I did and take responsibility and say I'm sorry....Seeing how ugly it looks when you behave a certain way makes you want to never behave that way again. You learn from it....I never want to be anything less than a positive influence."
"I'm 22, I'm human, I still got a lot to learn, I make mistakes and that's how I'm gonna learn. I'm going to learn from my mistakes," she concluded the four-minute video. "It's all a process and I want to be a good as I possibly can be for my babes....I'm very sorry and I love you."