Ariana Grande is keeping a positive outlook on her bittersweet year.
The "Light is Coming" singer had to fight back tears as music icon Patti Labelle presented her with the Woman of the Year award at Billboard's Women in Music event Thursday evening (December 6).
Shortly after giving a live performance of her No. 1 smash "thank u, next," the 25-year-old delivered a reflective speech on her 2018, which has brought both trials and triumphs for the young pop star who experienced the most successful and saddening moments of her life, such as the death of her ex-boyfriend Mac Miller and her broken engagement with Pete Davidson.
"I want to say that I find it interesting that this has been one of the best years of my career and the worst of my life," Grande said. "I’m not saying that for sympathy, I’m just saying that because I think a lot of people would look at someone in my position right now … and think, 'She’s really got her s**t together,' you know? Like, 'She’s really on it.' Like, 'She’s got it all.'"
The artist went on to say how challenging her year has been and offered empathy for those who have also felt conflicted about the future ahead.
"I just want to say if you’re someone out there who has no idea what this next chapter’s gonna bring, you’re not alone in that," a teary-eyed Grande continued, holding back the waterworks. "Ew, I’m not gonna cry that’s really stupid … You’re not alone in that. I’m really looking forward to embracing whatever happens; whatever comes my way."
In closing her speech, the "Breathin" songbird vowed to put self-love and her close ones first.
“I look forward to hopefully learning to give some of the love and forgiveness that I’ve given away so frivolously and easily to men in the past to myself hopefully this year," she said. "I have everything I’ve ever dreamt of having and as of late I’ve discovered that it’s the things I’ve always had and the people I’ve always had that still make me the happiest.”
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