Ariana Grande hit the stage on Thursday night for the first time since proclaiming that she hates America.
Earlier this month, the singer came under fire after cameras captured her confessing at a donut shop in Lake Elsinore, Ca: “I hate Americans. I hate America.” So when she took the stage at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida, she made it clear that America is the “greatest country in the world.”
“I’m so grateful to be here in Tampa,” she told the crowd. “And I’m so, so grateful to be here performing in the USA, the greatest country in the world!”
Following the donut shop controversy, the singer released a statement apologizing for her remarks.
“As an advocate for healthy eating, food is very important to me and I sometimes get upset by how freely we as Americans eat and consume things without giving any thought to the consequences that it has on our health and society as a whole,” Grande wrote. “The fact that the United States has the highest child obesity rate in the world frustrates me. We need to do more to educate ourselves and our children about the dangers of overeating and the poison that we put into our bodies. We need to demand more from our food industry. ”
The 22-year-old continued, “However I should have known better in how I expressed myself; and with my new responsibility to others as a public figure I will strive to be better.”
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