Ariana Grande Responds To Fans Questioning Her Sexuality

by Christina Marfice
Image via Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Ariana Grande

Ariana Grande still isn’t publicly addressing her sexuality, and that’s completely OK

Ariana Grande doesn’t owe anyone any explanation about her sexuality. Let’s just get that right out of the way.

The singer has no obligation to anyone to discuss her sexuality in any public way. But that hasn’t stopped people from speculating, because of course. With the release of her newest single, “Monopoly,” fans only have more questions. Only Grande still isn’t answering them, and that’s entirely her prerogative.

“Monopoly,” which is a collaboration between Grande and her best friend, Victoria Monét, dropped Monday, which is when fans got to hear, for the first time, the line, “I like women and men.” Many of them immediately took to the internet with their questions about whether this was Ariana Grande admitting she’s bisexual.

But, uh, the only person who seems to not be commenting is Ariana Grande herself. Like, can everyone chill out and let the woman live? Sexuality is a very complex and personal thing, and she doesn’t owe an explanation of hers to any of these people. Clearly, though, she knows that, because she’s staying quiet about it. And Monét, who came out publicly last year, is defending her bestie’s silence on social media.

Grande finally sort of weighed in when she agreed with a fan who tweeted that there’s just no need for her to label herself. “I haven’t before and still don’t feel the need to now… which is OK,” Grande wrote.

She also liked a few tweets talking about how sexuality is fluid, which might indicate that she doesn’t want to label something that can change over time — another entirely legitimate view.

This isn’t the first time fans have taken to the internet to do a lot of speculating about Ariana Grande’s sexuality.

When Grande dropped her recent video for her single “Break Up With Your Girlfriend, I’m Bored,” fans questioned if she was making a statement about her sexuality because of the video’s twist ending, which showed Grande’s character was actually into the woman in the couple she worked all through the video to break up, not the man, like so many viewers assumed. She didn’t address those rumors, which led to some controversy — fans wondered if she was queerbaiting, or using the questions around her sexuality to get more views for the video.

While those concerns deserve a discussion, no one, including Grande, is obligated to “come out” or address intimate, personal details of their lives like their sexuality just because the internet wants them to. Putting this kind of pressure on anyone is kind of gross. We all need to take into consideration that we still live in a society that oppresses and endangers people who aren’t cisgender and heterosexual, and not everyone feels safe being publicly out. We also live in a society where people are entitled to their privacy, and whatever reason Grande might have for not wanting to talk about this is valid and deserves to be respected.