Ariana Grande says she doesn’t ‘need’ labels after releasing ‘bisexual anthem’ Monopoly
Ariana Grande has said she doesn’t “need” labels after releasing a new track, which some fans have described as a “bisexual anthem.”
The 25-year-old star collaborated with her friend Victoria Monét for new song “Monopoly,” which features Grande singing the line: “I like women and men.”
Monét, who is openly bisexual, also raps the lyric.
Ariana Grande says she doesn’t “need” labels
The track, which dropped on Monday (April 1), led to some fans discussing the Grande’s sexuality online, which the singer has now addressed on Twitter.
Following the release of “Monopoly,” one fan wrote on Twitter: “Ariana ain’t gotta label herself, but she said what she said.”
Responding to the tweet, Grande wrote: “I haven’t before and still don’t feel the need to now which is okay.”
Ariana Grande praised by some for “bisexual anthem,” while others accuse her of “queerbaiting”
Some fans praised Grande for the track’s lyric.
Watch the video for “Monopoly” below:
One person wrote: “Baby are u bi? if not i love u regardless but if so welcome to the club 🙂 @ArianaGrande.”
Another Twitter user declared the track a “bisexual anthem.”
And a third said: “Ariana grande might be bi……..20biteen is serving!”
Other Twitter users, however, accused the singer of “queerbaiting.”
One person wrote: “Ariana grande has been forcing herself and profiting off the lgbt community for years she literally made a song queer baiting months ago shes stringing ppl along to believe shes bi and im literally just so tired of her.”
Grande, who is headlining Manchester Pride’s music festival in August, and Monét released “Monopoly,” including a music video on social media.
At one point in the video, which features a variety of emojis, Grande punches away three virtual words added in post-production: “Haters,” “negativity,” and “Trump.”
Grande recently defended herself against accusations that she is exploiting the LGBT+ community by agreeing to be a headline act at Manchester Pride 2019.
“I haven’t before and still don’t feel the need to now which is okay.”
—Ariana Grande addressing her sexuality
On Wednesday (February 27), the “7 Rings” singer responded to a viral tweet claiming that “Ariana headlining pride when she’s straight and doubling the price of tickets… kinda smells like exploitation of the lgbt community to me.”
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After telling the nameless user “i saw many people discussing this so i wanted to chime in… hope that’s okay ,” Grande said she just wanted to “celebrate and support this community.”
The star wrote: “hi my love. i have nothing to do with ticket pricing—manchester pride sets those rates, and they’re mostly out of my control.”
“The lgbtq community has been so special to me and supportive throughout my entire career. the relationships i have with my lgbtq fans, friends, and family make me so so happy.
“I want to celebrate and support this community, regardless of my identity or how people label me. and also i wanna visit a city that means so much to me.”