Ariana Grande took to social media on Friday (April 12) to share her personal brain scans and talk about the impact of post-traumatic stress disorder. Calling the scans “hilarious and terrifying” in an Instagram story, the superstar compared her brain side-by-side with a “healthy” brain, visually demonstrating the impact PTSD can have on brain function and overall health.
The next day, she followed up the photo with a lengthy note clarifying her intentions for sharing the scans.
“Didn’t mean to startle anyone with my brain thingy,” the pop star wrote. “It just blew me away. I found it informative and interesting and wanted to encourage y’all to make sure you check on your brains / listen to your bodies / take care of yourselves too.”
Ariana continued by promising to one day open up about the trauma’s effects, stemming from the 2017 terrorist attack at the Manchester, U.K., arena show of her Dangerous Woman tour.
“Someday, when i’m feeling ready or when i’m more healed up, we can talk more about it. I am constantly working on my health / learning how to process pain (aren’t we all). everyday is different but i’m doing my best. jus know i will continue showing up and giving as much of my energy as i can and do my best even tho my brain looks like the world map.”
Signing off, the pop star injected a bit of humor into the note by joking “(that’s why her hairs so big it’s full of trauma)” — a cheeky reference to the 2004 teen comedy Mean Girls, which she also paid homage to in her record-breaking “Thank U, Next” video.
Ariana’s posts come just days before she’s set to take the stage Saturday at Coachella, where she’ll make history as the youngest headliner in the festival’s 20-year history. Check out Ari’s Instagram posts below.
— Pop Crave (@PopCrave) April 12, 2019
After all the controversy around the PSTD topic, Ariana Grande revealed what made her share her brain scans publicity on her Instagram Stories: “I found it informative and interesting and wanted to encourage y’all to make sure you check on your brains / listen to your bodies”. pic.twitter.com/wlrt4AJqhf
— Ariana Grande Access (@arianaaccesscom) April 12, 2019