Ariana Grande Apologizes for 'I Hate America' Comments: 'I Sometimes Get Upset By How Freely We As Americans Eat'

by Alex Ungerman 3:30 PM PDT, July 08, 2015
Playing Ariana Grande Apologizes for 'I Hate America' Comments: 'I Sometimes Get Upset By How Freely We As Americans Eat'

Ariana Grande just wants to break free from her "I hate America" controversy.

Video surfaced Tuesday of the 22-year-old singer licking a donut in a donut shop without purchasing it over the weekend before saying "What the f**k is that? I hate Americans. I hate America. That's disgusting," in response to the baker bringing out a perfectly good fresh batch. Now, Ariana is saying those remarks were taken out of context.

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"I am EXTREMELY proud to be an American and I've always made it clear that I love my country," she said in a statement sent to ET. "What I said in a private moment with my friend, who was buying the donuts, was taken out of context and I am sorry for not using more discretion with my choice of words."

The "Problem" singer maintains that the entire outburst was in regard to the eating habits of Americans.

"As an advocate for healthy eating, food is very important to me and I sometimes get upset by how freely we as Americans eat and consume things without giving any thought to the consequences that it has on our health and society as a whole," she said.

Also, think of the children.

"The fact that the United States has one of the highest child obesity rates in the world frustrates me," said Ariana. "We need to do more to educate ourselves and our children about the dangers of overeating and the poison that we put into our bodies. We need to demand more from our food industry."

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"However I should have known better in how I expressed myself," she continued. "And with my new responsibility to others as a public figure I will strive to be better."

Now, Ariana tweeted out her statement, also writing, "Need to clean up this mouth of mine & set a better example for my babes. i apologize and i love you. always learning."

As for why Ariana has been replaced by Demi Lovato for her scheduled performance at this weekend's free MLB All-Star Game concert? The singer maintains it is due to her recent wisdom tooth surgery.

"I have had emergency oral surgery and due to recovery I cannot attend the show. I hope to make it up to all those fans soon," she said. "That being said let me once again apologize if I have offended anyone with my poor choice of words."

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To be fair, Ariana's rumored new boyfriend, backup dancer Ricky Alvarez, was wearing what appears to be a red, white, and blue bandana when the "America" comments were made.

Feel better, Ariana!

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