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Ariana Grande Says Lady Gaga ‘Immediately Felt Like a Sister to Me’

Billboard logo Billboard 6 days ago Gil Kaufman
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Ariana Grande and Lady Gaga didn’t just totally connect musically when they hit the studio to record the just-released “Rain on Me” from Gaga’s upcoming Chromatica album. They also had a deep, immediate connection on a personal level.

Ari dove into the way they bonded in a series of tweets early Friday morning (May 22), just after the pop banger dropped, delving into the many ways they are similar, from their love of pasta and wine to their mutual need to just cry it out sometimes.

“One time ….. i met a woman who knew pain the same way i did… who cried as much as i did, drank as much wine as i did, ate as much pasta as i did and who’s heart was bigger than her whole body. she immediately felt like a sister to me,” Grande wrote about Gaga.

“She then held my hand and invited me into the beautiful world of chromatica and together, we got to express how beautiful and healing it feels to mothaf–kinnnn cry !” Ari added. “i hope this makes u all feel as uplifted as it does for us both. i love u @ladygaga, u stunning superwoman !”

Gaga wasn’t immune to the lovefest, either. She wrote, “One time I felt like I was crying so much it would never stop. Instead of fighting it, I thought bring it on, I can do hard things. @arianagrande I love you for your strength and friendship. Let’s show them what we’ve got.”

Grande also dialed in to Zane Lowe on Apple Music’s New Music Daily to talk about the dynamic duo’s collaboration and their BDE (Big Diva Energy). “It feels so fun to be a part of something so upbeat and like straight pop again, because I do feel like it’s been a minute since I’ve done something that poppy really,” Grande said. “And that’s funny because I am a pop person, but it’s just, everyone knows that my heart is kind of rooted in the R&B influence music that I make, and that’s where my heart is, but it just felt so good and fun and happy to dip a toe into her world a little bit, and to try this on for size, it was so nice.”

After Gaga gushed about how inspiring it was to just stand back and let Grande do her thing, Ari returned the praise, telling Lowe, “She made me feel so comfortable. And so her as an artist, but also comfortable stepping out of my me stuff. You know, the video is so Gaga and so fun. I had so much fun. I was like, ‘I’ve never dressed like this in my life. I’m just having the best time.'” And though she’s often heard “horrible rumors” about other women in music she’s met who have that BDE, like the other stars she’s worked with she found that Gaga had a “beautiful human bleeding heart.”

Listen to “Rain on Me,” watch Grande’s Lowe interview and see their tweets below, including some very funny SpongeBob SquarePants mash-ups.


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