The Dangerous Woman singer shared a lengthy open letter on Twitter describing a harrowing encounter she had with a fan of her boyfriend, Mac Miller.
She explains that she was out for a meal with Miller when a fan of his came over to their car. She described the young man as "loud and excited," adding that he was "literally almost in the car with us."
Then things took a sour turn. As Grande wrote, "I thought all of this was cute and exciting until he said 'Ariana is sexy as hell man I see you, I see you hitting that!!!'"
Grande said that the encounter left her feeling "sick and objectified," adding, "I am not a piece of meat that a man gets to utilize for his pleasure. I'm an adult human being in a relationship with a man who treats me with love and respect."
Since she first posted the statement, Grande was confronted by critics who (incorrectly) claimed she was inviting this attention with the way she presents herself. Fortunately, Grande was able to respond with a series of tweets.
Read Grande's full statement about the encounter and subsequent tweets below.
seeing a lot of "but look how you portray yourself in videos and in your music! you're so sexual!" .... please hold.. next tweet... i repeat— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) December 28, 2016
expressing sexuality in art is not an invitation for disrespect !!! just like wearing a short skirt is not asking for assault.— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) December 28, 2016
Women's choice. ♡ our bodies, our clothing, our music, our personalities..... sexy, flirty, fun.— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) December 28, 2016
it is not. an open. invitation.
You are literally saying that if we look a certain way, we are yours to take. But we are not !!! It's our right to express ourselves. ♡— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) December 28, 2016