Ariana Grande is singing a new tune after her Donutgate scandal.The singer, 22, told fans she’s ‘grateful’ to be in America as she returned to the stage for the first time since the infamous donut-licking video. Grande wore a heart-shaped bodysuit with flirty peplum skirt, hot boots and lacy bunny ears as she kicked off the second leg of her Honeymoon Tour in Tampa, Florida on Thursday.
‘I’m so grateful to be performing here in the USA, the greatest country in the world,’ video showed the pint-sized star telling the roaring crowd. Kim Trolled For Thirsting After Dead Celebrity-Owned Items
Thursday’s concert at Amalie Arena was the Problem singer’s first performance since video of her saying she ‘hates America’ and licking donuts surfaced over the Fourth of July weekend.
In the clip, Grande is heard saying, ‘What the f*** is that? I hate America. I hate Americans,’ while visiting Wolfee Donut shop in Lake Elsinore, California with her backup dancer and new love Ricky Alvarez
Security footage captured the singer quickly licking two donuts before placing them back on a tray to be served to customers. The video sparked a mᴀssive backlash and left the singer scrambling in damage-control mode.
After the scandal broke, Grande cancelled her appearance at the MLB All-Star Concert in Cincinnati, blaming emergency surgery on her wisdom teeth. She also released a statement insisting her remarks were said in anger over Americans’ unhealthy lifestyles and eating habits, and were not a reflection of her patriotism
.The former Sam & Cat actress said she was ‘extremely proud to be an American,’ and regretted her ‘choice of words.’ And in a YouTube apology video to fans, she admitted to being ‘disgusted with myself’ after watching the clip.
On Thursday, the singer did her best to put the debacle behind her as she pranced on stage with new love Alvarez. The pair showed off their chemistry, leaning in close and sharing a smile.Peтιтe Grande accentuated her curves in a skimpy black bodysuit with cute heart cut-out bodice and a flirty black and clear peplum skirt that showed off her fishnet stockings and garter belt.
The Love Me Harder singer wore over-the-knee Christian Louboutin suede boots with glittery high heels as she entertained fans with her impressive vocal range. The Bang Bang singer accessorized with a silver choker necklace, pearl earrings and a number of rings on each hand. She showed off a blood red manicure as she held the microphone. Grande ditched her beloved kitty ears in favor of black lace bunny ears and pulled her long blonde hair back in her trademark ponytail.