A video posted by TMZ on Tuesday has landed singer Ariana Grande in plenty of hot water. California police yesterday said they were investigating the leaked security-cam footage, which appeared to show the 22-year-old singer and a man with her (backup dancer/BF Ricky Alvarez, per TMZ) "maliciously lick" doughnuts at a shop in Lake Elsinore. Mayra Solis, 22, a cashier on duty at Wolfee Donuts when Grande went into the store, said the singer didn't purchase any of the doughnuts she licked. "She was really rude," Solis told the AP. Some patriotic Americans may be feeling the same way. In that same video, Grande says, "What ... is that? I hate Americans. I hate America" when a tray of doughnuts appears in front of her.
Grande had this to say in a statement yesterday: "I am EXTREMELY proud to be an American and I've always made it clear that I love my country. 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." Grande said she chose to express herself as she did because she leads a healthy lifestyle and is upset with how Americans eat. "The fact that the United States has one of the highest child obesity rates 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," she said. "However I should have known better in how I expressed myself; and with my new responsibility to others as a public figure I will strive to be better."