Keeping It Real in 2017: How Ariana Grande, Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato Are Proving Honesty Is the Best Policy

Keeping It Real in 2017: How Ariana Grande, Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato Are Proving Honesty Is the Best Policy

Can we talk, honestly?

Hollywood is a town where image is just a tad bit important. Instagrams can be strategically planned. Red carpet appearances can be carefully organized. And interviews can be delicately executed.

But in a city that also craves authenticity, several pop stars are reminding fans that honesty sure is a nice policy.

As Ariana Grande continues her tour across America this week, Calvin Harris decided to drop a new song with the performer Friday morning. Demi Lovato did the same thing as well as Selena Gomez.

While the timing wasn’t planned and each song has it’s own message and beat, we couldn’t help but applaud how real these ladies are keeping it in 2017.

Demi Lovato

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For Demi, the “Cool for the Summer” singer recently celebrated her 5-year anniversary of sobriety.

In a reflective Instagram post, the Camp Rock alumna admitted that her accomplishment was no easy task. And yes, she relied on many people to get her through some difficult days.

“So many times I wanted to relapse but sat on my hands and begged God to relieve the obsession. I’m so proud of myself but I couldn’t have done it without my higher power (God), my family, friends, and everyone else who supported me,” she shared with her Lovatics. “Feeling humbled and joyful today. Thank you guys for sticking by my side and believing in me.”

And before you think Demi celebrated with a huge trip, gathering or purchase, the singer kept it real. She just took a short drive to Disneyland.

“It’s something that’s getting more and more comfortable to me now so it’s kinda like your birthday,” she admitted to E! News before being honored as a mental health advocate. “When you’re a kid you go all out and then as you get older, you just learn to be more appreciative of it.”

ESC: Selena Gomez

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Back in 2016, Selena took a break from the Hollywood spotlight partly so she could enter treatment to properly deal with the health issues related to her lupus diagnosis.

While the “Come and Get It” singer has kept much of her journey private, she recently opened up about her new mindset in the April issue of Vogue.

Selena admitted to deleting Instagram from her phone. She doesn’t know her password and the singer’s assistant now posts on her behalf.

“People so badly wanted me to be authentic, and when that happened, finally, it was a huge release,” Selena admitted to the publication. “I’m not different from what I put out there. I’ve been very vulnerable with my fans, and sometimes I say things I shouldn’t. But I have to be honest with them. I feel that’s a huge part of why I’m where I am.”

Ariana Grande, AMAs, 2016 American Music Awards

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And while she may be one of the most followed celebrities on Instagram, Selena admitted that she went through a period where her self-esteem “was shot.”

“Tours are a really lonely place for me. My self-esteem was shot. I was depressed, anxious. I started to have panic attacks right before getting onstage, or right after leaving the stage,” she explained to Vogue. “Basically I felt I wasn’t good enough, wasn’t capable.”

Ultimately, both Demi and Selena continue to receive support from fans as they showcase their talents on and off stage. And they aren’t the only ones keeping it genuine with fans.

As much as followers care about their music, they also care about who they are dating. In regards to Ariana, she spoke candidly about her relationship with Mac Miller.

In Cosmopolitan‘s April issue, the “Everyday” singer didn’t hold back when discussing her romance with the rapper.

“I met him when I was 19,” she shared with the publication. “We have loved and adored and respected each other since the beginning, since before we even met, just because we were fans of each other’s talent.”

“We weren’t ready at all…to be together. It’s just timing,” she continued. “We both needed to experience some things, but the love has been there the whole time.”

We love “The Way” these ladies roll.

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Published at Sat, 01 Apr 2017 00:25:47 +0000

If Hollywood Was High School, Here's Where All the Young Stars Would Sit in the Cafeteria

As the wise Janis Ian once instructed Cady Heron, “Where you sit in the cafeteria is crucial.”

Well, even when you’re a young, famous face in Tinseltown, you still need somewhere to sit. Since a lot of the industry’s famous faces never got the chance to experience the social maze that was the school cafeteria, we’ve assembled a seating chart for young Hollywood with plenty of room for all of your favorite figures. Take your seats, stars. 

First up, the freshman. These industry newbies are rising in the ranks, but they wouldn’t qualify as upperclassmen just yet. Such names include Feuds Kiernan Shipka, YouTube star Cameron Dallas, Sia‘s protégée Maddie Ziegler and cover girl Kaia Gerber

Over at the Student Council table, the young leaders of the Hollywood Hills would join forces to fight for the next cause. We can imagine feminist advocate Emma Watson leading the pack as president of the student body with Hunger Games‘ Amandla Stenberg, Disney star Rowan Blanchard and Chloe Grace Moretz sharing their insights on sexuality, race and self-esteem over the day’s meatloaf special.

What would high school be without two staple groups, the varsity jocks and drama club? We can envision Hollywood hunks like Nick Jonas, Zac Efron and Liam Hemsworth trading workout tips while singers and actors like Ariana Grande, Camila Cabello, Harry Styles and Hailee Steinfeld would compete for parts in the spring musical and gossip about who’s getting which role while they anxiously wait for the cast list to get posted.  

Meanwhile, the artsy stars, like Miley Cyrus, Lorde, Kristen Stewart and The Weeknd would convene at their own table, editing an original piece they wrote for the literary magazine in between bites or rehearsing the verse they’re working on for next week’s poetry slam. 

Taylor Swift and her squad would definitely have their own table together, with a potential seat for the newest “It Girl” about town, Paris Jackson. In this hypothetical world, we can envision Justin Bieber and Bella Thorne getting stuck at detention for cutting class or rebelling against a math assignment. 

The fashionistas of the school would assemble at the trendsetters table in their best purchases from the weekend’s latest mall trip. Such ladies would include Kendall Jenner and Kylie Jenner, Bella Hadid and Pretty Little Liar‘s Shay Mitchell. Just imagine the makeup tips that would get swapped. 

Finally, the band geeks would be making sweet music over at their own table. Grammy winners like Ed Sheeran and Meghan Trainor would be squeezing in a snack before practice while we can see BFFs Demi Lovato and Joe Jonas putting together a rehearsal schedule for their new band. 

What do you think about our seating arrangements? Sound off in the comments! 

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Published at Fri, 31 Mar 2017 23:39:21 +0000