Though her Nickelodeon series "Sam & Cat" was canceled this July, after just one season on the air, Ariana Grande is still gaining popularity among her fan base. Although her success has been on the rise lately, the 21-year-old singer has also been facing some tough times in her personal life. In the September 2014 issue of Seventeen magazine, Grande reveals that the hardest thing she's ever had to deal with is "falling out of touch with my dad."
"Falling out of touch with my dad. It’s private, but it happened last year. It took me so long to be okay with it. The thing that got me there was embracing the fact that that I am made up of half my dad, and a lot of my traits come from him. So much of me comes from my father, and for so long, I didn't like that about myself. I had to accept that it's okay not to get along with somebody and still love them.”
"I had to accept that it's okay not to get along with somebody and still love them," Grande says.
The success she's had over the last few years has also left open a door for people to pry in on her life, with criticism coming from being in the spotlight.
"It's tough to spend some of the most important years of your life in front of so many strangers who want to pick you apart," she admits. "Insecurity has been the hardest thing I've had to overcome. I think everyone my age struggles with that because everyone strives for approval and wants to feel loved."
Now, Grande is in a different place from where she first started. She's working to overcome the insecurity that enveloped her when she broke out in pop music, and admitted that she's working not to seek approval from everyone around her.
I'm really okay. I used to freak out about everything all the time. I used to be like, 'Oh my God, somebody said this!'" she recalls. "Everything used to be such a big deal! But now, I feel I can handle everything that comes my way with a calm energy."