Ariana Grande has posted a touching open letter to fans after she was seen crying during a performance.
In footage shot by audience members at her concert in St Louis, Missouri, the pop star appeared to break down during “R.E.M”, a song written about her ex-fiancé Pete Davidson.
She was also seen crying during a concert in Pittsburgh, the hometown of late rapper and her former boyfriend Mac Miller, in June.
Fans said Grande was briefly unable to continue singing during her opening song, “Raindrops (An Angel Cried)”, which is believed to be about Miller.
She also apparently cried during “Thank U, Next”, the hit single from her latest album of the same name, as she sang the lyrics: “Wish I could say thank you to Malcom, ‘cause he was an angel”.
The 26-year-old has since written a message where she said she is grateful to fans for accepting her “humanness”, while explaining she is “still processing a lot”.
“Tour is wild. Life is wild,” she began.
“I'm grateful for the sea of love I have around me everyday and for the people who come to these shows and give all of us every ounce of energy they've got.”
“I'm grounded by gratitude and promise not to give up on what I've started.
“I feel everything very intensely and have committed to doing this tour during a time in my life when I'm still processing a lot... so sometimes I cry a lot! I thank you for accepting my humanness.
She added: “I'm not sure what I did to deserve to meet so many loving souls every night/to feel so much love, but I want you to know that it really does carry me through.”
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Grande has been through a number of hardships in the past two years, including the Manchester bombing at her concert in May 2017, which killed 22 people, injured hundreds more and left many, including Grande herself, with PTSD.
She has also had to deal with the death of Miller in 2018, and the breakdown of her relationship with Davidson.
Grande encouraged fans to “push through” if they are dealing with their own problems and admitted it was hard to balance having a career with self-care.
The Sweetener world tour began in March this year and is scheduled to continue until October.
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