Ariana Grande's religious bond with Madonna
Ariana Grande bonded with Madonna over Kabbalah.
The 'Love Me Harder' singer befriended the 'Music' hitmaker because of their shared interest in the mystical religion, and is always "inspired" by the 57-year-old pop superstar and her "fearless" attitude.
Ariana said: "I practice Kabbalah as well, so that was one of the first things she mentioned, because I had my Zohar in my pocket.
"And we danced together at her Oscar party. That's all I can ever ask for. She inspires me endlessly. I'm so inspired by her fearlessness ... Like, 'This is me, and if you don't like it, go f**k yourself.' That's so cool, you know?"
The 22-year-old star insists she is a "good person" and a strong role model, but doesn't think that means she has to conform to other people's ideas of how she should behave.
She told V magazine: "I don't need to be a pop princess who is America's sweetheart or the next rebellious, wild, young thing. I don't need to pick or choose.
"I can show skin and swear like a sailor, but also be a good role model. I think that I'm a good person.
"I don't think cursing makes you a bad person. I don't think showing skin or kissing boys makes you a bad person. I don't think that expressing sexuality makes you a bad person at all ... I think it's great!
"We need to encourage each other to do what we want and not let it totally define us."