Ariana Grande has said she is "still healing" from all that she has been through as she prepares to embark on her next tour, saying her fans and music "saved my life."
Grande is about to embark on her Sweetener World Tour, which includes three dates at Dublin's 3Arena, and in an emotional post on Instagram, the singer reflected on where her mindset it as, remembering "all that has happened over the past few years."
2018 alone was a tough year for the 25-year-old, with the death of her ex-boyfriend Mac Miller in September, and the end of her engagement to Pete Davidson in October. The year before saw 22 people killed after a terrorist attack at her concert in Manchester.
"I just want to say how grateful i am for my life, for the people in it, for the ups and challenges, for the laughter and the pain, for this music and for the lifelong friendships i've made thru making it (that includes my friendship with y'all)," Grande posted to Instagram.
"Maaaaaaaan... i cant really fathom all that has happened over the past few years. i don't even really know where i'm going with this post but i'm just grateful to be here still. and excited to see you. i'm prolly gonna cry a lot.
"A few months ago i told my team i wasn't even in an okay enough place to tour or work at all and my friends, you guys and this music really saved my life and turned everything around.
"I'm still healing but i feel a lot lighter as of late and i think this is really going to be such a beautiful time. thank god we are doing this. i can't imagine what else i'd do and i want you to know how thankful i am...... anyway.
"I'm gonna go focus on finishing this show for y'all and put my phone away for a little (how much u wanna bet i don't last a day) so i don't ruin all the surprises. thank you. for everything. i am so deeply and eternally grateful. life is wild. but your love and this music make it feel so sweet. love u."
Grande recently announced that she will return to Manchester in August to headline Manchester Pride.
The Sweetener World Tour kicks off in London's O2 Arena on August 17, with the thank u, next hitmaker taking to the stage the 3Arena on September 22, 23 and 25.