Ariana Grande has earned a reputation among her fans as always keeping it real and honest, and a recent post to her Instagram Stories was no exception. The “No Tears Left to Cry” singer shared an image of her brain scan displaying the effects of PTSD.
“Hilarious and terrifying,” Ariana wrote on the black and white photo, which exhibited a “healthy brain” compared to a brain with PTSD. The image of her brain more closely resembled the PTSD brain, as areas of brain activity were highlighted.
“Not a joke,” she additionally wrote.
Ariana has been open about suffering with post-traumatic stress disorder following the 2017 bombing at her Manchester concert, where 22 people were killed.
“It's hard to talk about because so many people have suffered such severe, tremendous loss. But, yeah, it's a real thing,” Ariana told British Vogue in 2018. “I know those families and my fans, and everyone there experienced a tremendous amount of it as well. Time is the biggest thing. 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.”
Despite everything Ariana’s gone through, she’s had a banner year professionally, releasing two albums in eight months and churning out a slew of chart-topping hits.
She also became the first artist to hold the top three positions on the Billboard Hot 100 since The Beatles, and had the honor of breaking the record for the most simultaneous top 40 Billboard Hot 100 hits by a female artist.
Ariana’s next move is headlining Coachella over the next two weekends. “The best medicine,” she captioned a video on social media of herself dancing to *NSYNC in seemingly good spirits. We wish her the best of luck on her big show!