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Joan Grande, the mother of Ariana and Frankie Grande, posted an emotional statement Wednesday following Demi Lovato’s apparent overdose (opens in new tab). “I am knocked down over Demi, and I pray that she recovers quickly and finds sobriety again,” she wrote. “It is work, hard work, but with support and love, she will succeed!”
In her message, she praised Demi for being there when Frankie was working on getting sober himself (opens in new tab), and for being supportive of Ariana’s career, “sharing her experiences with the fame and celebrity and notoriety of growing up in a very public space.”
Joan also sent a clear message to Ariana’s fans, Demi’s fans, and basically anyone who tries to start competitions between women. “Not one person knows what another person is going through, so why not support instead of tear them apart?” she wrote. “Remember, not one fan base is better than the other. Do not pit one person’s achievements against another. Why not just celebrate the achievement?”
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Read her full message below:
“I am knocked down over Demi, and I pray that she recovers quickly and finds sobriety again. It is work, hard work, but with support and love, she will succeed! I know it, we are there for her in any way. She is a sweet, kind person, who has in my personal experience always shown love to everyone in my world. She was there for Frankie during his work with sobriety…and as we know he just celebrated his ONE year. She has always been so supportive of Ariana as well, sharing her experiences with the fame and celebrity and notoriety of growing up in a very public space. Women supporting women, what a fabulous idea! Yes, it can happen and does! SOOO, in light of my introspection today, I will be yet another voice on social media imparting an idea I came up with…let’s ALL make a deal today…let’s try to be nice to everyone, let’s try to remember that we are ALL human and no one is better than the other, let’s try to share love and light, let’s not pass judgment. Let’s not amplify negativity by repeating it! Remember, if you have nothing good to say, why say it?? Don’t say it! You never know how much you are hurting someone. Try not to find your own self-worth by knocking down others. You never know, if you share love and light, that just may give you the self-worth you are desperately looking for. Not one person knows what another person is going through, so why not support instead of tear them apart? Remember, not one fan base is better than the other. Love and support who you love, but not by knocking the others…what is the point? Do not pit one person’s achievements against another, why not just celebrate the achievement? It’s a lot, I know, but just try it today!! Maybe you will feel so good by the time you go to sleep tonight, that you may want to do it tomorrow. It’s work, but honestly, what is worth having that you didn’t work for? Let me know how you do. Sending love.”
If you or someone you know is struggling with substance abuse or addiction, call the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s 24-hour treatment referral hotline at 1-800-662-HELP (4357) or visit Findtreatment.samhsa.gov for free and confidential help. In the case of a medical emergency, call 9-1-1.
Megan Friedman is the former managing editor of the Newsroom at Hearst. She's worked at NBC and Time, and is a graduate of Northwestern's Medill School of Journalism.
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