Ariana Grande apologizes for 'I hate America' video: 'I am extremely proud to be an American'

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Ariana Grande has issued a statement explaining and apologizing for a bizarre video that surfaced earlier this week in which she declared "I hate America" at a donut shop.


In the statement issued on Wednesday (July 8), Grande clarified that she is "EXTREMELY proud to be an American," and that her frustration with the country was aimed at its high child obesity rate -- which led to her cursing the unhealthy donuts.

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"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," says Grande. She later concludes, "That being said let me once again apologize if I have offended anyone with my poor choice of words."

Earlier Wednesday, it was confirmed that Demi Lovato would be replacing Ariana Grande at the MLB All-Star Game concert on Saturday night. Grande also addresses that cancellation in her statement: "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. I hope to make it up to all those fans soon."

Read the full statement below:

"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 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 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. 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. 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. I hope to make it up to all those fans soon. That being said let me once again apologize if I have offended anyone with my poor choice of words.

- Ariana Grande"

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LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 23: Recording artist Ariana Grande performs onstage at the 2014 American Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 23, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/AMA2014/Getty Images for DCP)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 23: Recording artist Ariana Grande performs onstage at the 2014 American Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 23, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/AMA2014/Getty Images for DCP)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 23: (L-R) Recording artists Charli XCX, Nicki Minaj, and Ariana Grande perform onstage at the 2014 American Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 23, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 23: Recording artist Ariana Grande performs onstage during the 2014 American Music Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 23, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 23: Singer Ariana Grande performs onstage at the 2014 American Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 23, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Lester Cohen/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 23: Singer Ariana Grande performs onstage at the 2014 American Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 23, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Lester Cohen/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 23: Ariana Grande performs onstage at the 2014 American Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 23, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/AMA2014/WireImage)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - NOVEMBER 09: Ariana Grande performs at the MTV EMA's 2014 at The Hydro on November 9, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - NOVEMBER 09: Ariana Grande performs at the MTV EMA's 2014 at The Hydro on November 9, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - NOVEMBER 09: Ariana Grande performs at the MTV EMA's 2014 at The Hydro on November 9, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - NOVEMBER 09: Ariana Grande performs at the MTV EMA's 2014 at The Hydro on November 9, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - NOVEMBER 09: Ariana Grande performs at the MTV EMA's 2014 at The Hydro on November 9, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Getty Images for MTV)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - NOVEMBER 09: Ariana Grande performs at the MTV EMA's 2014 at The Hydro on November 9, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Getty Images for MTV)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - NOVEMBER 09: Ariana Grande performs at the MTV EMA's 2014 at The Hydro on November 9, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - NOVEMBER 09: Ariana Grande performs at the MTV EMA's 2014 at The Hydro on November 9, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - NOVEMBER 09: Ariana Grande performs on stage during the MTV EMA's 2014 at The Hydro on November 9, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Getty Images for MTV)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - NOVEMBER 09: Ariana Grande performs during the MTV EMA's 2014 at The Hydro on November 9, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - NOVEMBER 09: Ariana Grande performs during the MTV EMA's 2014 at The Hydro on November 9, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - NOVEMBER 09: Ariana Grande performs during the MTV EMA's 2014 at The Hydro on November 9, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - NOVEMBER 09: Ariana Grande performs on stage during the MTV EMA's 2014 at The Hydro on November 9, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Dave Hogan/MTV 2014/Getty Images for MTV)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - NOVEMBER 09: David Hasselhoff (2ndL) and The Bella Twins (R) present on stage the award for Best Female to singer Ariana Grande (L) during the MTV EMA's 2014 at The Hydro on November 9, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Getty Images for MTV)
BURBANK, CA - AUGUST 18: Singers Big Sean (L) and Ariana Grande perform on The Honda Stage at the iHeartRadio Theater on August 18, 2014 in Burbank, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Clear Channel)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - NOVEMBER 09: Ariana Grande performs at the MTV EMA's 2014 at The Hydro on November 9, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 29: Ariana Grande performs on NBC's 'Today' at Rockefeller Plaza on August 29, 2014 in New York, New York. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 25: Singer Ariana Grande attends SiriusXM Hits 1's The Morning Mash Up Broadcast at SiriusXM Studios on August 25, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Chelsea Lauren/Getty Images for SiriusXM)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 25: Singer Ariana Grande attends SiriusXM Hits 1's The Morning Mash Up Broadcast at SiriusXM Studios on August 25, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Chelsea Lauren/Getty Images for SiriusXM)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 24: Ariana Grande performs onstage at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 24, 2014 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
DICK CLARK'S NEW YEAR'S ROCKIN' EVE WITH RYAN SEACREST 2014, PARTS 1 & 2 - Ryan Seacrest counts down to midnight live from Times Square, and then the party continues with some of the year's hottest acts from Los Angeles and New York, on TUESDAY, DECEMBER 31 (Part 1, 11:30 p.m. - 1:09 a.m., ET) (Part 2, January 1, 1:09 - 2:13 a.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Kelsey McNeal/ABC via Getty Images) ARIANA GRANDE, BIG SEAN
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - NOVEMBER 09: Ariana Grande collects the award for Best Female on stage during the MTV EMA's 2014 at The Hydro on November 9, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Dave Hogan/MTV 2014/Getty Images for MTV)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 10: Big Sean and Ariana Grande performs at KIIS FM's Wango Tango at StubHub Center on May 10, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 24: Nicki Minaj, Jessie J and Ariana Grande onstage at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 24, 2014 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 24: Ariana Grande and Jessie J perform onstage at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 24, 2014 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 10: Rapper Big Sean (L) and singer Ariana Grande perform at 102.7 KIIS FM's Wango Tango at StubHub Center on May 10, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Chelsea Lauren/WireImage)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 24: Recording Artist / Actress Ariana Grande poses for pictures in the press room of the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 24, 2014 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 24: Singer Ariana Grande performs onstage at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 24, 2014 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 09: Ariana Grande and Big Sean performs at Club Nokia on September 9, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 10: Rapper Big Sean (L) and singer Ariana Grande perform at 102.7 KIIS FM's Wango Tango at StubHub Center on May 10, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Chelsea Lauren/WireImage)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 24: (L-R) Singers Nicki Minaj, Jessie J and Ariana Grande perform onstage during the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 24, 2014 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by MTV/MTV1415/Getty Images for MTV)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 24: Singer Ariana Grande, winner of Best Pop Video for 'Problem,' poses in the press room during the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 24, 2014 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images for MTV)
DICK CLARK'S NEW YEAR'S ROCKIN' EVE WITH RYAN SEACREST 2014, PARTS 1 & 2 - Ryan Seacrest counts down to midnight live from Times Square, and then the party continues with some of the year's hottest acts from Los Angeles and New York, on TUESDAY, DECEMBER 31 (Part 1, 11:30 p.m. - 1:09 a.m., ET) (Part 2, January 1, 1:09 - 2:13 a.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Kelsey McNeal/ABC via Getty Images) BIG SEAN, ARIANA GRANDE
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 24: Ariana Grande arrives at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 24, 2014 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 24: Ariana Grande performs onstage during the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 24, 2014 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/MTV1415/WireImage)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 24: Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj perform onstage during the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 24, 2014 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/MTV1415/WireImage)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 24: (L-R) Recording artists Ariana Grande, Jessie J and Nicki Minaj perform onstage during the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 24, 2014 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/MTV1415/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 09: Ariana Grande and Big Sean performs at Club Nokia on September 9, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 02: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Ariana Grande attends MTV's 'Total Ariana Live' at MTV Studios on July 2, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for MTV)
MIAMI BEACH, FL - JUNE 27: Ariana Grande performs onstage at the iHeartRadio Ultimate Pool Party presented by VISIT FLORIDA at Fontainebleau's BleauLive at Fontainebleau Miami Beach on June 27, 2014 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by Larry Marano/Getty Images for Clear Channel)
DICK CLARK'S NEW YEAR'S ROCKIN' EVE WITH RYAN SEACREST 2014, PARTS 1 & 2 - Ryan Seacrest counts down to midnight live from Times Square, and then the party continues with some of the year's hottest acts from Los Angeles and New York, on TUESDAY, DECEMBER 31 (Part 1, 11:30 p.m. - 1:09 a.m., ET) (Part 2, January 1, 1:09 - 2:13 a.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Kelsey McNeal/ABC via Getty Images) ARIANA GRANDE, BIG SEAN
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 29: Ariana Grande performs on NBC's 'Today' at the NBC's TODAY Show on August 29, 2014 in New York, New York. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 10: Rapper Big Sean (L) and singer Ariana Grande perform at 102.7 KIIS FM's Wango Tango at StubHub Center on May 10, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Chelsea Lauren/WireImage)
DICK CLARK'S NEW YEAR'S ROCKIN' EVE WITH RYAN SEACREST 2014, PARTS 1 & 2 - Ryan Seacrest counts down to midnight live from Times Square, and then the party continues with some of the year's hottest acts from Los Angeles and New York, on TUESDAY, DECEMBER 31 (Part 1, 11:30 p.m. - 1:09 a.m., ET) (Part 2, January 1, 1:09 - 2:13 a.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Kelsey McNeal/ABC via Getty Images) BIG SEAN, ARIANA GRANDE
Ariana Grande visits AOL for an "In House" interview Wednesday Dec. 21, 2011. (Damon Dahlen, AOL)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 10: Big Sean and Ariana Grande performs at KIIS FM's Wango Tango at StubHub Center on May 10, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 10: Big Sean and Ariana Grande perform during KIIS FM's 2014 Wango Tango at StubHub Center on May 10, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by C Flanigan/FilmMagic)
LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL - JUNE 24: In this handout photo provided by Disney Parks, singer Ariana Grande gives Mickey Mouse a kiss in front of Cinderella Castle in the Magic Kingdom June 24, 2014 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Grande is celebrating her 21st birthday with dozens of family and friends at Walt Disney World. (Photo by Chloe Rice/Disney Parks via Getty Images)
Ariana Grande visits AOL for an "In House" interview Wednesday Dec. 21, 2011. (Damon Dahlen, AOL)
Ariana Grande visits AOL for an "In House" interview Wednesday Dec. 21, 2011. (Damon Dahlen, AOL)
Ariana Grande visits AOL for an "In House" interview Wednesday Dec. 21, 2011. (Damon Dahlen, AOL)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 09: Ariana Grande and Big Sean performs at Club Nokia on September 9, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
Ariana Grande visits AOL for an "In House" interview Wednesday Dec. 21, 2011. (Damon Dahlen, AOL)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - JUNE 29: Ariana Grande performs at the 103.5 KTU's KTUphoria 2014 at the Izod Center on June 29, 2014 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Paul Zimmerman/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 09: Ariana Grande leaving the BBC Radio 1 Studios on October 9, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Neil Mockford/Alex Huckle/GC Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 07: Ariana Grande seen arriving at Heathrow airport on October 7, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Neil P. Mockford/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 21: Ariana Grande performed at the Power 106's All-Star Celebrity Basketball Game Benefiting Homeboy Industries at USC Galen Center on September 21, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Leon Bennett/Getty Images,)
LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 19: Recording artist Ariana Grande performs during the 2014 iHeartRadio Music Festival at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 19, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images for Clear Channel)
LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 19: Recording artist Ariana Grande performs during the 2014 iHeartRadio Music Festival at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 19, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)
LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 19: Recording artist Ariana Grande performs during the 2014 iHeartRadio Music Festival at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 19, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)
LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 19: Recording artist Ariana Grande arrives at the official 2014 iHeartRadio after party at 1 OAK Nightclub at The Mirage Hotel & Casino on September 19, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by David Becker/WireImage)
LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 19: Recording artist Ariana Grande attends the 2014 iHeartRadio Music Festival at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 19, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)
LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 19: Singer Ariana Grande attends the 2014 iHeartRadio Music Festival at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 19, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Bryan Steffy/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)
LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 19: Recording artist Ariana Grande performs onstage during the 2014 iHeartRadio Music Festival at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 19, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)
LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 19: Recording artist Ariana Grande performs onstage during the 2014 iHeartRadio Music Festival at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 19, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)
LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 19: Recording artist Ariana Grande performs onstage during the 2014 iHeartRadio Music Festival at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 19, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 19: Recording artists Ariana Grande (L) and Nicki Minaj perform onstage during the 2014 iHeartRadio Music Festival at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 19, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)
TOKYO, JAPAN - SEPTEMBER 14: Ariana Grande promotes new album 'My Everything' at DiverCity Tokyo Plaza on September 14, 2014 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Jun Sato/WireImage)
TOKYO, JAPAN - SEPTEMBER 14: Ariana Grande promotes new album 'My Everything' at DiverCity Tokyo Plaza on September 14, 2014 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Jun Sato/WireImage)
NARITA, JAPAN - SEPTEMBER 11: Ariana Grande is seen upon arrival at Narita International Airport on September 11, 2014 in Narita, Japan. (Photo by Jun Sato/GC Images)
SEATTLE, WA - SEPTEMBER 04: Ariana Grande sings the national anthem prior to the game between the Seattle Seahawks and the Green Bay Packers at CenturyLink Field on September 4, 2014 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 29: Actress/singer Ariana Grande performs on NBC's 'Today' at Rockefeller Plaza on August 29, 2014 in New York, New York. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/FilmMagic)
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