Don't try and blame Ariana Grande for trying to become who she really are. Blame Max Martin. In a new interview with Time Magazine, the pop starlet revealed that she fought the big name producer/songwriter on the nonsensical, grammatically incorrect lyrics from her new single "Break Free," but her efforts were to no avail.
With bizarre lines such as "Now that I've become who I really are" and "I only wanna die alive," the lyrics to "Break Free" caused just as much buzz as the EDM, Zedd featuring single itself... and Grande knew it was going to be that way.
"I fought him on it the whole time," Grande said. "'I am not going to sing a grammatically incorrect lyric, help me God!' Max was like, 'It's funny -- just do it!' I know it's funny and silly, but grammatically incorrect things make me cringe sometimes."
They make us cringe too, girl.
But soon, Grande learned that she wasn't going to be able to break free from the odd lines and decided to roll with the punches and take the song as a fun-loving, carefree single. "I was like, whatever, let's do it and have some fun. I need to shake it off and let it go and be a little less rigid and old. I'm like 90. I need to not be that old," she said.
Despite the bizarre lyrics, there's no denying that "Break Free" is a banger. The single currently sits at No. 18 on the Billboard Hot 100, thanks to its hopeful music and Grande's strong vocal showing.
"Break Free" is the latest single from Grande's sophomore album My Everything, due for release later this month.