Popstar Ariana Grande has responded to claims that she acts like a diva, saying men and women are treated differently in the music industry. 

The 26-year-old said she stopped doing interviews because she felt her comments were being taken out of context for "clickbait".

Speaking to Zane Lowe on his Apple Music show Grande said:  "People would be like, 'Oh, she's a diva.' And I was like, 'This doesn't make any sense."'

Ariana Grande with her parents Edward Butera and Joan Grande at 62nd Annual Grammy Awards in January 2020

The 7 Rings singer explained that she feels she is treated differently to her male counterparts, saying they are described as "brilliant" or "geniuses" if they express an opinion or defend themselves.

She said: "If I have an opinion artistically or if I am directing something, or if I have something to say regarding a choice that's being made with my career or something, blah, blah, blah, it always was in the past kind of manipulated and turned into this negative thing, whereas I don't see that with men."

"It's like when men express their opinions or defend themselves or are directing something and making notes on something, they're 'brilliant' and they're 'geniuses'. And yet, it's just so not the same thing with women, which I hope we can work on fixing."

Grande, who won her first Grammy for Best Pop Vocal Album in 2019, said the fear of being misunderstood "f**** you up a little bit".

She added: "But yeah, of course, it's not an all the time thing. But, it is definitely still prominent. But, I'm trying to just say, 'f*** it,' and let go of that trauma.

"Because I do have a lot to say, and I do enjoy talking to people. And I do want to do interviews and share with people, and not be afraid to be myself."

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