You'd never guess from her Nickelodeon character Cat Valentine, but actress-turned-singer Ariana Grande was apparently "a very weird little girl" growing up in Boca Raton, Florida. The "Problem" singer even admitted that her mom was worried about what kind of adult she'd grow up to be.
In a recent interview with Billboard magazine, the star opened up about her childhood and her bizarre obsessions that had her family just a little bit concerned.
"I'm literally the most sardonic person you've ever met," she said, detailing the "dark and deranged" stage of her life.
"I always wanted to have skeleton face paint on or be wearing a Freddy Krueger mask, and I would carry a hockey stick around. I was like a mini-Helena Bonham Carter," the 21-year-old dished. "For my fifth birthday party we had a Jaws theme and all my friends left crying. I mean, I still am that way. But when I was little, it was more concerning. There was a stage, when I was 3 or 4, where my mom thought I might grow up to be a serial killer."
Oh my. What I'm most curious about is what made her 5-year-old friends cry? I bet parents in that beach town were thrilled the next summer when their kids refused to go to the beach.
Anyway, Ariana admitted that her hypoglycemia may have affected her childhood somewhat too, as she was learning how to manage it. "Sometimes I'll get anxious if I forget to eat," she said. "When I was a little girl, I would turn into the Tasmanian devil."
But she's always gone her own way. She was raised Catholic until she was 12, but then started practicing Kabbalah on her own. She dished about her idol, Madonna, saying, "As a fellow Kabbalist, I know how hard it is to exercise those tools in your everyday life. Especially in a world where everything is so egocentric and all you do is talk about yourself and promote yourself."
Grande is about to drop her second album later this month, My Everything, which includes the just-released single "Bang Bang" with Nicki Minaj and Jessie J.
Are you surprised to hear Ariana Grande was a "dark and deranged" child?
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