Ariana Grande-Butera (born June 26, 1993), known professionally as Ariana Grande is an American singer and actress.
She began performing onstage when she as a child. A role in a Broadway play at age 15, followed by some small TV roles, helped her land the role of Cat on TV’sVictorious.
She followed that with the spinoff Sam & Cat and then dove headfirst into a chart-topping musical career, releasing three albums Yours Truly (2013), My Everything (2014) and Dangerous Woman (2016).
Grande’s music career began with the soundtrack Music from Victorious (2011). She signed a recording contract with Republic Records and released her debut studio album, Yours Truly in 2013, which debuted at No. 1 on the US Billboard 200.
The album’s lead single, “The Way”, debuted in the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100, with critics comparing her wide vocal range to Mariah Carey’s range.
Her popularity has been fueled by a strong social media presence on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.
When she is not performing, the pop superstar supports various charitable causes including Kids Who Care, a group she co-founded that raises money for charities in the South Florida region.
Grande was raised a Roman Catholic but abandoned Catholicism during the reign of Pope Benedict XVI, citing opposition to the church’s stance on homosexuality, noting that her brother, Frankie, is gay.
Ariana has followed Kabbalah teachings since the age of twelve or earlier, along with Frankie, believing “the basis lies in the idea that if you’re kind to others, good things will happen to you.” Grande met actor Graham Phillips in the cast of the musical 13 in 2008 and dated him until December 2011.
She dated Australian YouTube comedian Jai Brooks from August 2012 to July 2013 and rekindled her relationship with Brooks in May 2014, though they separated again after three months of dating.
Grande was involved with her occasional musical collaborator Big Sean in a relationship that ended in April 2015 after eight months of dating.