Singer-actress Ariana Grande has apologized for remarks she made on a security video leaked Tuesday, in which she made anti-American comments that she says were taken out of context.
"I am EXTREMELY proud to be an American and I've always made it clear that I love my country," the Florida-born Grande, 22, said in a statement. "What I said in a private moment with my friend, who was buying the doughnuts, was taken out of context and I am sorry for not using more discretion with my choice of words. . . . That being said let me once again apologize if I have offended anyone with my poor choice of words."
The video, posted at TMZ.com, showed Grande on July 4 in a shop identified by Us Weekly as Wolfee Donuts in Lake Elsinore, California, kissing a young man Us Weekly said was one of her backup dancers, Ricky Alvarez. The two lick unsold doughnuts on a counter tray, and when an employee brings out a tray of other pastries, Grande says, "What the [expletive] is that? I hate Americans. I hate America."
Grande, who never addressed licking the unsold pastries, explained in her statement, "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 rates in the world frustrates me."
Meanwhile, Grande withdrew on Wednesday as headliner for Saturday's Major League Baseball's All-Star Concert in Cincinnati, citing emergency dental surgery. MLB announced that singer Demi Lovato would replace Grande.
Grande had tweeted on Monday she was having dental surgery, writing, "Peace out, final three wisdom teeth. been real."
Her apology statement also explained, "As for why I cannot be at the MLB show, I have had emergency oral surgery and due to recovery I cannot attend the show."