Ariana Grande's Upcoming Album Has an Ode to Fans With Anxiety
Ariana Grande’s album won’t be available until August, but the pop star is already letting fans know about the inspiration behind her upcoming album “Sweetener,” which includes an ode to anxiety.
In her interview with The Fader, Grande revealed her upcoming album has more emotion and vulnerability than previous works, which she described as “shiny, singing, 5-6-7-8, sexy-dance…sexy thing.”
“Issa bop but also has chunks of my soul in it. Here you go,” Grande told The Fader. “Also, I cried 10 hundred times in the session writing it for you. Here is my bleeding heart, and here is a trap beat behind it.’”
Grande wrote the track “Get Well Soon” about her experience having an anxiety attack immediately after one occurred. Grande credited her fans for helping her express her feelings.
“The thing that makes me feel OK with opening up and finally allowing myself to be vulnerable is that I know [my fans] feel the same feelings,” Grande told The Fader.
Grande also tweeted about the track on Tuesday after a fan asked her to share more about it.
isss ab my anxiety. i felt like i was floating for like 3 months last year & not in a nice way. like i outside my body? was v scary and i couldn’t breathe well. so it’s ab that. & lots of voices in my head singin. i hope it comforts ppl who hear it pls ☁️
— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) May 29, 2018
Grande added that she’s been in therapy most of her life, and it really helps her. Originally, Grande withheld five tracks from the album because she was worried that they were “too emotionally honest,” she told The Fader.
“There are parts of my life that they would love to know about,” she says, “and hard times that I have been dealing with for the past year-and-a-half that they deserve to know about because they love me endlessly and care. I don’t want to hide any pain from them because I can relate to their pain. Why not be in it together?”
According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, anxiety disorders are the most common mental illnesses in the U.S., affecting 18 percent of the population. There are many symptoms associated with panic attacks, including an increased heart rate, nausea, shortness of breath and more. While panic attacks can happen to anyone, about 2.7 percent of the U.S. population live with panic disorder, meaning they have recurring panic attacks and experience persistent anxiety about having another panic attack.