Ariana Grande's diva behavior stirs rebuke from Giuliana Rancic & comment by reporters and industry insiders
Ariana Grande — seen from the forbidden right side! — in an appearance over the weekend in Tokyo (Jun Sato/WireImage)
Pint-sized pop star Ariana Grande had a choice word for fans after a recent radio show visit: Die!Confidenti@l has learned that while visiting a Manhattan radio station this summer, the 21-year-old “Better Left Unsaid” singer should've left her thoughts unsaid.
“She did autographs and pics and was all smiles until she got into the elevator,” a stunned industry insider tells us. “And as soon as the doors shut she said, ‘I hope they all f—king die.' “
Allegations of Grande's obnoxious attitude are nothing new. But they're suddenly getting their own spotlight now that a nasty pattern has emerged.
The Boca Raton-born mini-diva's attitude was called into question in Australia last week when the pop tart left a meet-and-greet because she reportedly didn't like the way she was being photographed. Before the shoot, her camp is said to have told photographers, “Don't use natural light” and “Do shoot only from the left side of her face.”
This came after Grande's camp reportedly told Aussie journalists they would not be allowed to ask the singer about her dating life, her recently canceled Nickelodeon show, comparisons to Mariah Carey or rumors of a collaboration with Justin Bieber.
Will it surprise anyone to learn that Grande is being managed by Bieber's smarmy mentor Scooter Braun?
E!'s Giuliana Rancic reacted to Grande's debacle Down Under by recalling that the singer was problematic at last year's AMAs, when she nudged the TV host out of her way to make sure the camera got her good side. Rancic more or less wants to know who the hell this newcomer thinks she is.
“I just felt like it's one thing if it's Mariah,” she said. “Whatever it takes to get Mariah to do an interview.”
“But when you're new on the block, when you're trying to earn your stripes, you're young, you just gotta do what you gotta do,” Rancic suggested.
Reports of Grande's grouchiness surfaced earlier this month at a “Stand up to Cancer” benefit in L.A., where the U.K.'s Daily Star reported she was “a total nightmare” backstage. Event organizers later released a statement defending their celeb guest.
Grande further dissed fans Monday by offering a $495 photo op for fans during her upcoming “Honeymoon Tour,” but stipulated that shoots are for groups of four to six people, not individuals.
“Really?” exclaimed one media industry tipster. “Bieber, Miley, Britney, Katy Perry all did individual pics when they sold these packages.”Reps for Grande declined to comment.