After TMZ posted a video in which singer Ariana Grande was heard telling a donut shop employee at Wolfee Donuts in Lake Elsinore, California, "What the fuck is that? I hate Americans. I hate America," after being presented with donuts, the singer released a statement Wednesday night, apologizing for her comments.
"I am EXTREMELY proud to be an American and I’ve always made it clear that I love my country," Grande said in a statement. "What I said in a private moment with my friend, who was buying the donuts, was taken out of context and I am sorry for not using more discretion with my choice of words.
“As an advocate for healthy eating, food is very important to me and I sometimes get upset by how freely we as Americans eat and consume things without giving any thought to the consequences that it has on our health and society as a whole. The fact that the United States has one of the highest child obesity rate in the world frustrates me. We need to do more to educate ourselves and our children about the dangers of overeating and the poison that we put into our bodies. We need to demand more from our food industry.”
Grande's explanation fails to include a reason for being caught on security footage licking an entire tray of donuts.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, police and Riverside County public health officials are investigating the leaked video, which appears to show Grande and a male companion "maliciously lick" the donuts.