Ariana Grande posts 'feminist rampage' essay on Instagram
In a lengthy rant via Instagram, Ariana Grande has vented her frustration over speculation about her love life.
"Being 'empowered' ... is not the same as being a 'bitch' ... and HAVING SOMETHING TO SAY ... is not the same as HAVING A BAD ATTITUDE," the 21-year-old singer began in the post.
"I am tired of living in a world where women are mostly referred to as a man's past, present or future PROPERTY/POSSESSION," continued the star, who split from rapper Big Sean in April.
The Problem singer made the comments after an interview with British tabloid The Sun, where she had dismissed suggestions she was dating One Direction's Niall Horan.
Grande had been spotted leaving the singer's house in the early hours but insisted she had been there with friends for a game's night.
"A girl can be friends with something with a d--- and not hop on it," she said in the interview. "We live in a horrendously one-track-minded world.
"I'm tired of needing to be linked to a guy. I'm not Big Sean's ex, I'm not Niall's possible girl. I'm Ariana Grande. If that's not enough, then don't talk to me!
"I'm on this feminist rampage at the moment. I'm me. I'm Ariana. Peace out."
She also ranted to The Mirror about double standards.
"People don't ask the men. It's like, 'Is that the only thing we have to talk about? Is that the only thing women are relevant for is their relationship with men?' No," she said.
"We're absolutely perfectly fine on our own and we can talk about our music, our work, our kick-ass tours around the world. Why don't we talk about that as opposed to who we're currently flirting with?"
After her "feminist rampage", she took to Instagram to clarify further.
"I'm currently making the best music I've ever made in my life, having the best time of my life on tour with some of the greatest people I've ever known, working my ass off every single day, performing/creating for my babes and getting the chance to meet and hug my babes all over the world every day," she wrote.
Clearly sick of the focus on her personal life, instead of her music, Grande wrote about coming from a long "bloodline of female activists" and her independence.
"I … do not. belong. to anyone. but myself. and neither do you," she wrote.
The singer ended her essay with a quote from renowned feminist Gloria Steinem: "Any woman who chooses to behave like a full human being should be warned that the armies of the status quo will treat her as something of a dirty joke. She will need her sisterhood."
- Fairfax Contributor