Ariana Grande Apologizes for 'I Hate America' Comment, Cancels Appearance (and Is Replaced with Demi Lovato) Following Wisdom Teeth Removal
"Let me once again apologize if I have offended anyone with my poor choice of words," said the singer, who is being replaced by Demi Lovato
Ariana Grande had a very busy Wednesday.
The “Love Me Harder” singer pulled out of Saturday’s MLB All-Star Concert for medical reasons after having her wisdom teeth removed on Monday. But after being caught on tape licking doughnuts on display in a shop and shouting, “I hate Americans. I hate America” in a video that surfaced Tuesday, Grande issued an apology that covered all the bases.
“I am EXTREMELY proud to be an American and I’ve always made it clear that I love my country,” she said. “What I said in a private moment with my friend, who was buying the donuts, was taken out of context and I am sorry for not using more discretion with my choice of words.”
Grande, 22, explains that her outburst had to do with her disappointment regarding Americans consumption of unhealthy food.
She continues, “As for why I cannot be at the MLB show, I have had emergency oral surgery and due to recovery I cannot attend the show. I hope to make it up to all those fans soon. That being said let me once again apologize if I have offended anyone with my poor choice of words.”
With Grande out, Demi Lovato is set to step in as the new headliner at the Cincinnati concert.
“I’m so excited to be headlining the MLB All-Star Concert,” said Lovato, 22, in the statement released by the league. “I hope my fans in Cincinnati are ready to get ‘Cool for the Summer!’ ”
“Demi Lovato is one of today’s best young artists and we know she will provide fans with a fantastic experience they won’t soon forget,” said Tony Petitti, COO, Major League Baseball. “We’re disappointed that Ariana Grande cannot partake in the All-Star festivities, but wish her a speedy recovery.”
Lovato has had an action-packed summer, as she just released her new single, “Cool for the Summer.”
The 86th annual All-Star Game will air Tuesday on Fox.