Donutgate continued on Thursday night when Ariana Grande released a video message apologizing to fans for saying “I hate America” while allegedly licking donuts she did not pay for at a California donut shop earlier this week. The incident was caught on tape, and went viral, before Grande released a statement apologizing for saying she hated America.
But in the new video, Grande expands on her note. “I feel like in the apology I posted, I missed my opportunity to sincerely apologize and express how I was feeling because I was preaching about my issues with the food industry,” she said. At one point in her note she spoke about childhood obesity in the U.S. “Here I am apologizing again.”
She also addressed her comments about America and said, “I’ve actually never been prouder to be an American, to be honest with you. Advances that we’ve made in the past couple of months and all the wonderful progressive things that have been going on, I’ve never been prouder of this country, actually.”
Grande recorded the video while recovering from oral surgery and admitted the past 24 hours had been difficult for her. “Seeing a video of yourself behaving poorly — that you have no idea was taken — is such a rude awakening, that you don’t know what to do. I was so disgusted with myself.” See the her full video and written statements below.
I am EXTREMELY proud to be an American and I’ve always made it clear that I love my country. What I said in a private moment with my friend, who was buying the donuts, was taken out of context and I am sorry for not using more discretion with my choice of words. As an advocate for healthy eating, food is very important to me and I sometimes get upset by how freely we as Americans eat and consume things without giving any thought to the consequences that it has on our health and society as a whole. The fact that the United States has one of the highest child obesity rates in the world frustrates me. We need to do more to educate ourselves and our children about the dangers of overeating and the poison that we put into our bodies. We need to demand more from our food industry. However I should have known better in how I expressed myself; and with my new responsibility to others as a public figure I will strive to be better. As for why I cannot be at the MLB show, I have had emergency oral surgery and due to recovery I cannot attend the show. I hope to make it up to all those fans soon. That being said let me once again apologize if I have offended anyone with my poor choice of words. – Ariana Grande