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Ariana Grande Opens Up About Justin Bieber Kissing Photo

Ariana Grande, Justin Bieber

Hey, Beliebers, remember that picture of Justin Bieber kissing Ariana Grande? Of course you do! Turns out there’s quite a back story to how the selfie got shared with the world, and Ariana is spilling it.

The ‘Baby I’ singer tells MTV’s All Access that not only did she not want to post the photo on her Twitter earlier this month, but she was repeatedly urged to do it by manager Scooter Braun — and even by Justin himself!

Braun manages both Justin and Ariana, who was opening shows on Biebs’ tour, so skeptics would say he certainly had something to gain from the ensuing drama. You’ll recall that the pic famously incurred the wrath of Beliebers everywhere.

Ariana explains how the selfie came to be. “I went to meet and greet with my grandparents, because my nonna has a massive crush on Justin Bieber, so I went and our fans … I think they trended #JustinandArianaSelfie or something like that. So I was like, ‘We have to do this,’ and Justin was like, ‘Yeah, let’s take a picture.'”

So at least that part was Ariana’s idea. But then Biebs gets cheeky. “So, I took my phone and I went like this [gestures selfie] and I was just smiling, and he kissed me on the cheek,” Grande says. “I didn’t know what to do. I just walked out of the room. I got shy.”

This is when Braun gets involved. “Then Scooter came after me and was like, ‘Justin says you have to post that picture.’ I was like, ‘I will not.’ And he was like, ‘He says you have to post that picture.’ And I said, ‘I can’t,’ and he asked why not and I was like ‘because I don’t want the drama that’s going to come with it.'”

But the pressure on the 20-year-old just became too much, especially when Bieber joined the fray and brought it public:


Grande explains, “Then, Justin tweeted me, ‘Post that pic.’ So, I just did it, but everyone was like, ‘Oh my gosh a kiss on the cheek. I’m like, can you not?’ Come on!”

Sure enough, Ariana was right about the backlash that would go down when Justin’s fans spied the shot. She soon deleted the photo and sent out a tweet saying the stars were just friends and that everyone needed to “chill out.” The shockwaves are still being felt, though, as rumors suggest her recent split from Aussie actor Jai Brooks is because of the Bieber smooch!

What do you PopCrushers think: Is Ariana telling the truth? Do you feel that Grande was bullied by Braun and Bieber? Let us know in the comments …

Watch: Ariana Duets With Nathan Sykes

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