Singer and former Victorious and Sam and Cat star Ariana Grande has been accused time and time again of being hard to interview, a diva, or generally unpleasant for the media to work with, but the pop princess opened up last week in an interview with UK’s The Telegraph in which she answered some questions she had become famous for dodging, like her opinion of other, more risque pop stars like Miley Cyrus, and whether or not she’s dating Big Sean (“‘Yes,” she says to that rumor, “he is one of the most amazing men in the whole world, and that includes my grandfather and my brother. I think the world of him, and he’s an amazing person. “).
But in addition to the typical celebrity dish, Grande gave us a taste of her beliefs and integrity when she admitted that though her religious faith is important to her, she converted to Judaism after learning that her openly gay brother felt ostracized by the Catholic church.
“When my brother was told that God didn’t love him I was like, ‘OK, that’s not cool,’” says Grande. She goes on to tell of how she found Judaism and she and her brother were happy to convert. “They were building a Kabbalah centre in Florida so we both checked it out and really had a connection with it,” she said, “and since then my life has unfolded in a really beautiful way, and I think that it has a lot to do with the tools I’ve learnt through Kabbalah, I really do.”
Though she admits that the tools she havelearned can be tested at times by a hypersexualized industry and the pressure of Hollywood, she keeps the values she have learned close to her heart. “You have to watch your intentions, make sure you’re not giving in to your ego. You have to numb your reactive state. You have the power to change your reality. You have to take a second and breathe and reassess how you want to approach or react to a situation or approach an obstacle, or deal with a negative person in your space. That takes a lot of self-control and practice and, I guess, willpower.”
This is not the first time the Catholic church has alienated high-profile members with their public anti-gay stance. Anne Hathaway left the church for the exact same reason when her brother came out in 2010, saying ““Why should I support an organization that has a limited view of my beloved brother?”