Poor Ariana Grande. The pop star showed her fans what her brain looks like on Instagram, and unfortunately, she was officially diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after the 2017 Manchester bombing. The 25-year-old shared several screenshots of brain scans that she sent in a group chat. “Hilarious and terrifying … not a joke,” she captioned the snap.
The first photo shows what a “healthy brain” and a “PTSD brain” look like. The brain on the right with PTSD has a bunch of outlines, while the other picture hardly has any. “Guys …,” she began the text with her friends, adding, “My brain.” Then, she followed up with four images of her own brain, with sections mostly lit up like the cerebrum with PTSD.
The “7 Rings” crooner has been vocal about her struggles after she experienced a terrorist attack at her concert where 22 people died and more than 500 were injured. “I hate … yeah … admitting it, but it very much is,” she told British Vogue in June when she was asked if dizziness and anxiety were signs of PTSD. “That’s what everyone was telling me. It’s hard to talk about it because so many people have suffered such severe, tremendous loss. But yeah, it’s a real thing.”
She continued, “I know those families and my fans, and everyone there experienced a tremendous amount of it as well. Time is the biggest thing. I feel like I shouldn’t even be talking about my own experience — like I shouldn’t even say anything. I don’t think I’ll ever know how to talk about it and not cry.”
As part of her YouTube docuseries, Dangerous Woman Diaries, Ari shared an unseen letter she wrote to the victims eight months after the attack that included how she was feeling. “The spirit of the people of Manchester, the families affected by this horrendous tragedy and my fans around the world have permanently impacted all of us for the rest of our lives,” she wrote. “Their love, strength and unity showed me, my team, my dancers, band and entire crew not to be defeated. To continue during the scariest and saddest of times. To not let hate win. But instead, love as loudly as possible, and to appreciate every moment.”
Since then, the Grammy winner decided to go on tour again, promoting her latest album, Sweetener. Ari even revealed that she is excited to return to the scene of the crime. “Manchester babes, I’m so thrilled to be headlining pride,” she wrote on Twitter in February. “My heart. I can’t wait to see you and I love you so, so much.”
manchester babes, i’m so thrilled to be headlining pride. my heart. i cant wait to see u and i love u so so much.
— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) February 25, 2019
We applaud your bravery, Ari. You’re a true inspiration.
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