I’ll be in the produce aisle, naked at 95, with a sensible ponytail, one strand of hair left on my head and a Chanel bow. See you there with my 95 dogs.” In June, Grande tweeted a screen grab of an essay she wrote about her budding independence, capped with a 1971 Steinem quote: “Any woman who chooses to behave like a full human being should be warned that the armies of the status quo will treat her as something of a dirty joke.She will need her sisterhood.”Watch Ariana Grande's Mom Fangirl Out After Hearing ' Dangerous Woman' Album for the First Time Grande’s sisterhood includes her mother and nonna, managers Stephanie Simon and Jennifer Merlino (Grande parted ways with co-manager Scooter Braun in February, though he shares an A&R credit on with Republic Records EVP Wendy Goldstein), her fans the Arianators and old pals from Florida: Misha Lambert, now a self-published author, and Alexa Luria, who just graduated from the University of Florida and has 560,000 Instagram followers thanks to her BFF status with Grande.“I have a bunch of really dope friends I’ve known since elementary school,” says Grande.Someone who might actually slip into a black-latex bunny costume?
(Our interview is interrupted when her soundman arrives to collect her Mi.
Mu Gloves, a Heap invention and Grande concert staple that bundles a sampler, theremin and vocoder.) Broadway came calling first.
During our talk she dramatically bats her lashes and flashes an exaggerated grin, all with self-aware elan.
She also does a perfectly mealy-mouthed impression of rapper Future and breaks into “Complicated” by Avril Lavigne.
But the best is her Jurassic Park velociraptor: She curls her fingers into claws, hunches and does a Wookiee-like growl: “Hrrrrlll!
” It’s all very charming -- Celine Dion told Grande she “peed” watching her re-create her signature chest pound for Fallon -- but Grande’s skill for mimicry doesn’t make it any easier to suss out her true self.When she was 8 years old, she sang the national anthem at a Florida Panthers game, caught Gloria Estefan’s ear doing karaoke on a cruise ship (Estefan has said she told Grande, “This is what you need to be doing”) and starred in at the local Little Palm Family Theatre. Joan Grande is the CEO of Hose-Mc Cann, a communications company with military contracts, and her dad, Edward Butera, owns a graphic design studio in Boca Raton, where Ariana was raised with her older half-brother Frankie (today an actor, TV host and You Tube personality).Back then, she dressed up as Dorothy Gale a lot, and sometimes Jason Voorhees.“They think it’s funny that people want to take pictures with me at Starbucks, because it is -- it’s weird. I still feel like Ariana from Boca [Raton] who loves musical theater and dogs.I’m just working now.”But Grande was working then, too.Neither did getting caught on a bakery security camera in 2015 licking pastries that weren’t hers while declaring, “I hate America.”But Grande’s got a not-so-secret weapon in all this: showstopping talent.