ARIANA Grande is “extremely proud to be an American” and has apologised for expressing her dislike for her native country last weekend.
The “One More Time” hitmaker, who was captured on a security camera saying she “hates” her country while with friends at Wolfee Donuts in Lake Elsinore, California over the weekend, insists her comments were taken out of context.
In a statement, the 21-year-old singer said: “I am EXTREMELY proud to be an American and I’ve always made it clear that I love my country. What I said in a private moment with my friend, who was buying the donuts, was taken out of context and I am sorry for not using more discretion with my choice of words.”
The Florida-native was caught slamming her country on a video, obtained by gossip website TMZ.com, moments after kissing her back-up dancer Ricky Alvarez and cheekily licking some sweet treats in the bakery.
After a member of staff brought out a new tray of donuts, Ariana declared: “What the f**k is that? I hate Americans. I hate America! That’s disgusting.”
But she now insists she didn’t mean to offend anyone and was merely frustrated by the unhealthy food.
In the statement, she continued: “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.
“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.” â€“ Bang Media