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Ariana Grande: Five Great ‘Scandals’

The adventures of America’s most famous donut licker

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WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 15: Ariana Grande performs onstage during HOT 99.5’s Jingle Ball 2014, Presented by Mattress Warehouse at the Verizon Center on December 15, 2014 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)

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Outside of music, the press has often linked Ariana Grande with a number of "scandals" of varying degrees of, well, actual scandal. Grande herself sent this up on her Saturday Night Live appearance this past March, longing in her opening monologue to embroil herself in "a real adult scandal." As Ariana Grande's third studio album, Dangerous Woman, finally drops this Friday, let's recap a few of the great minor Grande-gates in recent years.

Jennette McCurdy; Beef; Ariana Grande

LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 23: Actors Jennette McCurdy and Ariana Grande speak onstage during Nickelodeon's 26th Annual Kids' Choice Awards at USC Galen Center on March 23, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images for KCA)

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Jennette McCurdy Beef, 2014

On Nickelodeon's Sam & Cat, Jennette McCurdy played the Cat to Grande's Sam — a role which involved them, naturally, playing best friends. The duo broke hearts when a rift played out publicly over social media. Briefly, this involved McCurdy not showing up at the Kids' Choice Awards — where Grande won Favorite TV Actress. Later, McCurdy dropped a long subtweet about a draining friendship, and later released a web series featuring a snotty, pop-singing character called "Gloriana," which most interpreted as a dis directed at Grande.  

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The Great Donut-Licking Incident, 2015

It was the pastry molestation heard around the Internet. Grande and friends hit up a California donut shop and got caught on camera licking countertop trays of donuts and laughing about it. Mild stuff — but then she allegedly said, reacting to a different tray of donuts, "What the fuck is this? I hate Americans. I hate America. That is disgusting." Police got involved, health code inspectors looked into the donut shop and even Rob Lowe chimed in to dis Grande on Twitter. She, again, shrugged it off, explaining it as a reaction to the American obesity crisis — and finally sending it up for redemption, as so many public figures do, on Saturday Night Live.

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