The emotional strain during her current Sweetener tour is taking its toll on Ariana Grande.
So much so that the pop star did, in fact, do just that: she broke down during a set at her concert in St. Louis on Saturday.
The star has explained her tearful breakdown to her loyal fans on social media, reports the Daily Mail.
She shared on Instagram that while being grateful for a tour she’d committed to, it remains “hard” to balance her personal and professional lives.
The singer, 26, wrote: “tour is wild. life is wild.
‘i feel everything very intensely and have committed to doing this tour during a time in my life when i’m still processing a lot ... so sometimes i cry a lot!”
She added: “i’m sharing this because i’m grateful and because i want you to know that if you too are hurting, you can push through and are not alone. (sic)”
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tour is wild. life is wild. i’m grateful for the sea of love i have around me everyday and for the people who come to these shows and give all of us every ounce of energy they’ve got. i’m grateful to work with the best musicians and dancers in the world. i’m grateful for my voice and my team. i’m grateful for this music. i’m grateful for my tour bus driver, Kurt who bought me pickles yesterday because he saw we ran out. i’m grateful for the opportunity to sing to thousands of people every night. it’s a dream come true. no matter how hard it gets or how many feelings come up that are screaming at me to be processed and sorted through one day, i’m grounded by gratitude and promise not to give up on what i’ve started. i feel everything very intensely and have committed to doing this tour during a time in my life when i’m still processing a lot . so sometimes i cry a lot! i thank you for accepting my humanness. i’m not sure what i did to deserve to meet so many loving souls every night / to feel so much love, but i want you to know that it really does carry me through. i feel it and i appreciate it. and all of you so much. i’m sharing this because i’m grateful and because i want you to know that if you too are hurting, you can push through and are not alone. it is hard to balance taking care of the people around you, doing your job, and healing / taking care of yourself at the same time... but i want you to know, you aren’t alone and i think you’re doing great. love you.
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A video of her breakdown on stage while singing R.E.M. was shared on YouTube.
Ariana looked emotional while singing the lyrics: “Before you speak, don’t move / ‘Cause I don’t wanna wake up.”
In June last year, a week after her engagement to Pete Davidson, she had tweeted the song is about “dreaming someone into your life (which actually happened way after we made the song which is so v strange)”.
But fans say she’s still grieving for her ex-berk Mac Miller, who died at 26 of a drug overdose in September.
While performing Raindrops (An Angel Cried) in Miller’s hometown of Pittsburgh, Ariana got so choked up that she was unable to finish.
When it came to a line referencing Miller in her song thank u , next (Wish I could say Thank you to Malcolm / ‘Cause he was an angel) she started to cry again.
But her fans had her back and sang the lyrics in her place.