Ariana Grande has always had a memorable last name, thanks to the fact that it both twins with a Starbucks drink size and that it typically means "big," when Ariana herself is of small stature. But in a new interview, Ari opened up about the origin of her name and revealed this jaw-dropping fact: Grande has historically not been pronounced "Grahn-day," the same way people refer to the Starbucks cup.
While chatting with Beats Radio 1, Ariana shared that her name is actually pronounced like "Gran-dee," or at least, that's how her grandpa pronounced it. "My grandpa said Gran-DEE. Gran-DEE was kind of the Americanized version of it, made it more chill," she said, referring to her Italian ancestry.
She went on to share that her brother Frankie was the one who started changing the pronunciation when they were younger. "And then my brother was like, we should say Grahn-DAY," she said. "It's so fun to like say it. It's a funny name. I grew up saying Gran-DEE — and I think of [my grandpa] and I wish I said Gran-DEE more."
In the same interview, Ariana also said that when she marries Pete Davidson, she'd like to take his name, but hyphenate it. So instead of her current legal name of Ariana Grande-Butera, she'd become Ariana Grande-Davidson. She's especially attached to Grande, however, because of her special relationship with her grandfather.
"I have to keep Grande because of my Grandpa," she said. "I think of him with everything I do in it and he was so proud of our name, I should keep it."
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