Ariana Grande is a huge fan dramatic, pastel ponytails, winged eyeliner and a vast collection of hair accessories — so her latest magazine cover is a bit of a beautiful shock, in that it may be her most natural look yet.
“Bare” fits her gorgeous aesthetic when it comes to beauty for the July cover of British Vogue, but it suits the interview that goes along with it, too. In a candid conversation with the mag, Grande opens up about coping with PTSD and healing in the wake of the bombing at her concert in Manchester, England on May 22, 2017, that wounded hundreds and killed 22.
“It’s hard to talk about because so many people have suffered such severe, tremendous loss,” she told British Vogue. “But, yeah, it’s a real thing. I know those families and my fans, and everyone there experienced a tremendous amount of it as well. Time is the biggest thing. I feel like I shouldn’t even be talking about my own experience – like I shouldn’t even say anything. I don’t think I’ll ever know how to talk about it and not cry.”
Grande also discussed her anxiety and workaholic tendencies, sharing that her “anxiety has anxiety.
“I’ve always had anxiety,” she continued. “I’ve never really spoken about it because I thought everyone had it, but when I got home from tour it was the most severe I think it’s ever been… Everybody thought I was crazy when I got home [from tour] and wanted to hit the ground running.”
The full British Vogue interview drops June 8. In the meantime, check out the cover and select photos from the spread below.