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Ariana explains vegan beliefs

Ariana Grande says the reason she’s vegan is because she “loves animals more than people”.

The 21-year-old opened up about what inspired her to turn vegan in a new interview. And Ariana said that while her strict diet can cause problems at points, she will always stick to her beliefs.

“I love animals more than I love most people, not kidding,” she told MirrorOnline. “But I am a firm believer in eating a full plant-based, whole food diet that can expand your life length and make you an all-round happier person. It is tricky dining out, but I just stick to what I know – veggies, fruit and salad – then when I get home I’ll have something else.”

Ariana also revealed her Italian roots mean that she grew up on a diet of “meat and cheese”. But while being vegan means that they are now off the menu, she remains proud of where she came from.

“I’m very proud, my family has amazing history,” Ariana said. “It’s great hearing stories of my mum growing up in Brooklyn, then moving to Florida, having me and growing up with this eccentric, fun family.”

“Although I don’t eat a lot of Italian things, because I’m vegan. I was raised on meat and cheese, so I’ve had enough for anyone’s normal life span.”

Earlier this week, Ariana showcased her vocal talents as she took to the stage at the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in London.

And while she has performed at countless prestigious events, Ariana admits there is one location that caused more nerves than normal – the White House.

“My throat dried up,” Ariana said. “I was right in front of President Obama and I thought, ‘How am I going to get through this?’ I’ve performed Whitney Houston’s I Have Nothing in all the gay bars of New York – that and all those diva anthems – but this was different.”

“I learned a lot. I got a tour and peeked in the Oval Office. But one of the coolest things was seeing the dish sets from every President. They have each one’s framed. It says a lot about each President, what they wanted their dishes to look like. Such a cute thing.”

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