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.