Singer and songwriter, Ariana Grande, opened up about her struggle with PTSD since the suicide bombing that left dead 22 people at her Manchester concert in 2017.
The “Thank u, next” hitmaker has spoken about dealing with trauma in the past, and just recently shared a picture which shows parts of her brain affected by PTSD.
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Last year, while speaking to British Vogue about the tragedy that took the lives of 22 people, the 25-year-old said that her PTSD is “a real thing.”
It’s hard to talk about because so many people have suffered such severe, tremendous loss … I know those families and my fans, and everyone there experienced a tremendous amount of [PTSD] as well.
I feel like I shouldn’t even be talking about my own experience – like I shouldn’t even say anything. I don’t think I’ll ever know how to talk about it and not cry.
On Thursday, the singer revealed that she is still dealing with PTSD by sharing a scan of her brain on Instagram story which she says illustrates the mental health condition.
She captioned the picture “hilarious and terrifying,” adding that this is “not a joke.”
Along with the brain scan, Ariana also shared a selfie with the words “life is wild,” “my brain is tired,” as well as “she’s trying her muthafuckin best.”
The singer’s loyal fans quickly took to social media to send their love and support, as well as express their concern for the 25-year-old. Many of them even urged Ariana to take some time for herself, away from the spotlight.
i’m so sad and worried for ariana. shes always making sure everyone else is happy and healthy, but can she please put her own happiness and health first. and take a break whenever it comes up/whenever she’s not feeling okay
— ً (@agtriIogy) April 11, 2019
Earlier, the singer tweeted saying she feels “healthier” after releasing music in quick succession but also explained that following a more traditional release schedule has been quite damaging for her mental health.
At the time, Grande wrote on Instagram that she “was so tired from promo trips and was always losing my voice and never knew what city I was in when I woke up,” adding “I just feel so much more connected now … It’s a very dope feeling and has breathed so much air back into my lil lungs.”
However, her fans believe that too much work is “draining” her and that she should be taking some time off to focus on herself and her mental health.
It’s not shocking that ariana puts up a strong font up to a crowd when she’s still struggling and suffering from trauma and ptsd from manchester and other situations she was sadly involved in. I just hope she doesn’t overwork herself and drain herself anymore mentally/physically
— sophia (@needygiaws) April 11, 2019
honestly she needs a break. a very long one. just to fully heal and take in everything that has happened to her. i hope one day everything can be okay and find peace within herself. she deserves it. https://t.co/8iXWn8hdcd
— ♡ (@aIighted) April 11, 2019
ariana experienced so many traumas in such a short period of time and she’s releasing albums, doing multiple legs of tour and i truly hope she’s taking her time to heal
— carmen (@bocafruit) April 11, 2019
im scared for ariana, she doesn’t have a healthy brain at all. Her PTSD is high (her exam shows white spots all around her brain and there are too much.) too many areas are affected and it worries me to death. she needs to fucking rest. music can wait. tour can wait. we can wait.
— (@ghostinangel) April 11, 2019
Others praised the singer’s strength and her loyalty to the fans considering that she is struggling, but that is not stopping her from touring and releasing new music.
Yet this woman is still touring and performing almost every night, recording and releasing music, etc. Women are strong as hell and Ariana isn’t an exception, i hate this so much for her and i just hope she’s taking care of herself bc she deserves to be happy https://t.co/4Ert8pC9PP
— Carli (@carlifiveH) April 12, 2019
PTSD is a serious mental illness and sometimes she really need a break from everything. the fact that ariana is still touring shows how much she cares. i really hope she makes sure to take care of herself ♡ pic.twitter.com/sSywLnCApI
— toni (@nasadeaky) April 12, 2019
While some said the singer had to share her brain scan in order for people to take her PTSD seriously.
many people disregarded ariana’s emotional + mental stability after the traumatic situations she was in & instead decided to add more stress + hate to her plate. now look at how her brain is and next time, remember that she is human and her feelings are valid despite her status pic.twitter.com/kkQXyfWtP3
— jony 22 (@jonygrandee) April 11, 2019
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not just in recent years. She’s been open about her mental health and how she’s been struggling with it since her early adolescence. And honestly, her brain scan shouldn’t be the thing that causes people to have compassion for her. She’s human, we must always be considerate https://t.co/1ahOGgR83P
— Nina ✨ (@goawaynina) April 11, 2019
ariana had to post a brain scan for people to take her PTSD seriously, yet y’all create fake deep conversations on mental health when yalls fave “hot” male influencers post a black screen with “just need time 3 myself ✌” on their insta story after their uber cancelled on them
— cole (@HEAUXPEFUL) April 11, 2019
Hopefully, she feels better soon. Sending our love!