As Ariana Grande’s Dangerous Woman tour draws near, we reckon there are few things better than taking a closer look at the life of our favourite chart-topper and all that it entails.
We’ve put together a list of seven things about Ariana that not even some of her most die-hard fans have heard. So if you fancy yourself as an avid Arianator, why not take the challenge and see how many of these facts you know?
Inspiration Behind the Household Name
Ariana’s full name is Ariana Grande-Butera – her first name was originally inspired by the cartoon character Princess Oriana from Felix the Cat. Ironically, Ariana is allergic to cats amongst many other things, including bananas and shellfish.
Her Signature Ponytail
If you’ve been following Ariana’s career since her Victorious and Sam & Cat days, you’ll most likely recall her red locks throughout both series, but did you know the hair-dying process was so frequent and intense that it completely ruined her hair?
Nowadays, Ariana is rarely seen without her signature ponytail, which she admits is hair extensions to cover up her damaged hair. What’s your favourite Ariana look?
Starting at a Young Age
Speaking of her acting career, did you know the very first role Ariana got to play was Annie in the namesake musical? The stage play took place when she was eight years old, at Little Palm Family Theatre in Ariana’s home state of Florida.
Behold, a short video clip of the performance – isn’t toddler Ari just adorable?
Master of Impressions
This pint-sized powerhouse’s talent knows no bounds. On top of her impressive acting résumé and four-octave vocal range, Ariana is also quite the master of impressions! Shakira, Britney, Rihanna, Whitney – you name it, she can do them all with ease.
Ariana is not one to shy away from revealing her celebrity crushes, but did you know that even at the tender age of three (yes, three) Ari found herself smitten with Justin Timberlake? Then again, who didn’t have a little crush on the NSYNC heartthrob?
Bonus fact: Ariana and Justin collaborated on a song called “They Don’t Know” for the 2016 Trolls soundtrack. It all came full circle, eh?
A Potterhead at Heart
With such a demanding schedule, you probably wouldn’t expect the “Side to Side” songstress to have the luxury of enjoying pastimes, but Ariana is actually a self-confessed Potterhead.
Correct, just like us normal people, the pop princess has read every Harry Potter novel, in which there’s a character who is also named Ariana (Dumbledore). Coincidence?
The Lady Has a Freaky Side
Apart from the magical wizarding world, Ariana is also a huge fan of all things horror. In fact, she used to collect Halloween masks and would wear them around the house as a child.
On a more unnerving note, mummy Grande actually feared that baby Ari might grow up to become a serial killer because of her unhealthy obsession with scary movies! Dangerous Woman indeed.
See Ariana at Madame Tussauds Blackpool
There you have it: seven things you might not have known about Ariana Grande. Don’t forget, the Dangerous Woman Tour kicks off in the UK on 8th May, but if you didn’t manage to get a ticket, you can always come and grab a selfie with our brand new Ariana figure here at Madame Tussauds Blackpool.