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Ariana Grande Releases Essay Following Big Sean Breakup

06/09/2015
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(Radio.com) In an essay posted to Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, Ariana Grande addresses her recent breakup with rapper Big Sean, calling out the double standard she's been met with. Specifically, how she's now become his ex and not her own person.

"What I meant when I said what I said about not being Sean's ex is that I am tired of living in a world where women are mostly referred to as a man's past, present, or future PROPERTY/POSSESSION," she writes. ""I… do not. belong. to anyone. but myself. and neither do you."

Grande goes on to say that during her current tour, she's not answering the "boy questions" because she has come to the realization that she has "SO. MUCH. MORE. to talk about." The boy question she has been getting lately is one about One Direction's Niall Horan, who some have reported she is dating since her breakup.

"I'm saying this after literally 8 years of feeling like I constantly had to have a boy by my side," she wrote. "After being on my own now for a few months I am realizing that that's just not the case… I have never felt more present, grounded, and satisfied. I've never laughed harder or had more fun or enjoyed my life more."

Grande goes on to say she can't wait for misogyny to be dead and gone, and for men and women to be treated equally. But until then, she wants her fans to know having a girlfriend or a boyfriend does not define them.

"I can't wait to live in a world where people are not valued by who they're dating/married to/attached to, having sex with (or not)/seen with…. but by their value as an individual. I want the people reading this to know that they are MORE THAN enough on their own."

Read the whole essay here.

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