Ari­ane stuck in hole over obe­sity snap

Townsville Bulletin - - LIFESTYLE -

POP star Ariana Grande has is­sued a lengthy state­ment apol­o­gis­ing for anti- Amer­ica state­ments she made dur­ing a re­cent visit to a dough­nut store, in­sist­ing she was sim­ply ex­press­ing her frus­tra­tion about the na­tion’s obe­sity is­sue.

The Bang Bang hit­maker suf­fered a back­lash online af­ter sur­veil­lance cam­era footage of her bak­ery run in Lake Elsi­nore, Cal­i­for­nia went vi­ral.

In the clip, ob­tained by TMZ. com, the singer and her new boyfriend, back- up dancer Ricky Alvarez, ap­peared to lick var­i­ous sweet treats on the shop counter when em­ploy­ees weren’t look­ing. The 22- yearold then ex­pressed her dis­gust when a worker brought out a tray of over­sized dough­nuts, prompt­ing the Florida na­tive to blurt out, “What the f*** is that? I hate Amer­i­cans. I hate Amer­ica.” Now Grande claims her com­ment was in­tended as a re­mark about the coun­try’s high child­hood obe­sity rate and the dan­gers of overindulging.

She also notes that the dough­nuts she ap­peared to lick were bought by her friend.

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