“I love Kesha. I worked with her when I was a lot younger. We’ve been friends, I support her, regardless of what’s going on,” Grande told Carson Daly on US radio station 97.1 Amp Radio (via Billboard).
“I didn’t know about a lot of this. At the time I was really young. We didn’t discuss any of this.”
In the past few years, Grande has emerged as a strong and effective voice for women all around the world. Last year she issued a note via Twitter expressing the inequality between the way women and men are treated in the industry.
“If a woman even TALKS about sex openly…. she is shamed,” she wrote.
“But if a man talks or RAPS freely about all the women (or more commonly used ‘bitches’/’hoes’ … how lovely) he’s had… he is regaled.”
Speaking on Kesha’s situation she reinforced the “double standards that we [women] face on a daily basis, in the industry and just in the world.”
“I would be so amused — and pardon me if this comes across as sexist — but I don’t think a male artist would be in this position right now,” she further said.
“And my fellow women are definitely something that I will always be one of the first to speak up about.”
Grande joins a sea of support for Kesha with artists including Lady Gaga, Adele and Kelly Clarkson all offering their support to the singer publicly.
Yesterday Grande dropped the title track off her new album Dangerous Woman and has spent the last few weeks preceding the release with quotes from women she admires.
“The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud,” she wrote quoting Coco Chanel, just one of the women she name-checked on Twitter.
Listen: Ariana Grande – Dangerous Woman
The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud. — Coco Chanel pic.twitter.com/I5chP7oOJR
— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) February 24, 2016
— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) June 7, 2015