Singer-actress Ariana Grande said Tuesday that her toughest personal hardship has been "falling out of touch with my dad."
In the September issue of Seventeen magazine, Grande, 21, says the circumstances of her estrangement from graphic designer Ed Butera, longtime owner of IBI Designs in her hometown of Boca Raton, Fla., are "private, but it happened last year." And she added: "It took me so long to be okay with it. The thing that got me there was embracing the fact that that I am made up of half my dad, and a lot of my traits come from him. So much of me comes from my father, and for so long, I didn't like that about myself. I had to accept that it's okay not to get along with somebody and still love them."
Butera on July 11 tweeted a photo of himself kissing his smiling daughter, following it with a post saying, "Was collaborating with My daughter and her great team last night . . . . exciting!!!" Grande had tweeted the day before that she was flying in to Florida, where her beloved grandfather Frank Grande was critically ill and died soon afterward.
Frank Grande had been her biggest influence growing up, she told Seventeen. "He was like: 'You're a star, I know in my heart you're going to make this family so proud. You're a blessing.' And I was like, 'Oh my God,' and started crying, and I trusted it."
Meanwhile, Tuesday her much-anticipated single "Bang Bang," with Jessie J and Nicki Minaj, was officially released after having been leaked online Monday.