Ariana Grande was born and raised in Boca Raton, Florida.
Grande was raised as a Catholic but dropped Catholicism when Pope Benedict XVI stated the church opposition to same-sex marriages. One site lists her religion as Christian, but who knows where they’re getting their information.
Her Italian heritage suggests a Catholic upbringing, but there’s nothing else she’s said or done to back that up. She sends prayers out to Twitterland, but there’s no telling if that translates into lighting a candle at church every week.
She expressed some religious tolerance after two of her fans committed suicide due to bullying and abuse. She wrote on her Twitter feed,
Please be happy and safe and love each other. Support your fellow man, regardless of color, religion, sexuality, body image, ANYTHING.
Chances are that with Grande, even if she is Catholic or some other kind of Christian, she probably isn’t terribly devout.
By the time Grande voted in her first election, she was already a Democrat. She tweeted her excitement about being part of the democratic process for the first time in 2012 and encouraged her fans to vote as well. About Obama’s speech after his victory, she tweeted,
Obama’s speech is so incredible and inspiring! So proud of our country and all the Americans who had their voices heard this election!
There’s no doubt that her support of the Democrats is partly due to the party’s stance on gay marriage. She’s tweeted her support for the issue several times. And it’s obviously close to her heart because her brother, with whom she is very close, is gay.
Her experience with bullying, both directed at her and her brother, have made the issue an important one for Grande. Sparked by the previously mentioned suicide, she wrote a piece in the Huffington Post encouraging young people to respect themselves and ignore bullies. She concluded by saying,
We’re all fabulous. Everyone. Even the bullies, although they might not see it. All we can do is wish them happiness and celebrate our own. Don’t ever doubt yourselves or waste a second of your life. It’s too short and you’re too special.
Regardless of which side of the political aisle you stand on, young people are lucky to have role models like this one.