Ariana Grande thanks LGBTQ fans in open letter

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Los Angeles, June 2 (IANS) Singer Ariana Grande thanked her fans from LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer)community and said they mean a lot to her.

Billboard editors have asked a group of pop stars to write “love letters” to the LGBTQ community, and Grande was among the first to respond, saluting her gay brother Frankie and insisting there is nothing more “infectious” than being surrounded by her LGBTQ devotees, reports aceshowbiz.com.

“I grew up with a gay brother whose every move I would emulate,” the “No tears left to cry” star wrote.

She added: “I idolised him. Everything Frankie did, I would do. I can’t remember a difference between Frankie before he came out and Frankie after he came out. He’s always just been Frankie.

“Sexuality and gender were never topics my family and I were afraid to discuss. When Frankie came out my surprisingly unfazed (for his age) grandfather said, ‘Congrats! Can we go to dinner now? I’m f*****g’ hungry'”.

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Grande says she was taught make-up by queens in gay bars in New York.

“I made my Broadway debut at 14-years-old and did eight shows a week but there was never a night I was too tired to run to a gay bar and do a quick Whitney cover before bed,” she said.

Grande concluded that she is “eternally indebted” to the LGBTQ community, adding: “I hope to create anthems for you that wrap you up with comfort and make you get your best life for as long as I live”.

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