Ariana Grande has responded to a troll who accused her of “milking” the death of her friend and ex-boyfriend, Mac Miller.
Mac Miller died of a suspected drug overdose on 7 September and Grande has made no secret of how much his death affected her.
This has not stopped the barrage of abuse that has been thrown her way by people online, bullying her and accusing her of causing his death.
In a particularly spiteful attack, one Twitter user wrote:
“She’s milkin this s**t bruh.”
Instead of responding with anger, the 25-year-old singer responded to the ugly slur with empathy:
I pray that you never have to deal with anything like this ever and I’m sending you peace and love.
She went on to add:
Some of the s**t I read on here makes me sick to my stomach. It scares me the way some people think and I don’t like this world a lot of the time. If only we could be more compassionate and gentle with one another. That’d be sick.
Her words inspired singer Halsey to step in, who responded to the troll with fire and brimstone:
ari the world could only dream of being as compassionate and gentle as you. and since ur being, as always, so classy and nice, allow me the honor of telling them to shut the f**k up.
Ariana's fans jumped in to defend the singer.
And commended Ariana for her reaction.
In October, Ariana announced that she was taking a break from social media following the death of Miller and then her broken engagement to comedian Pete Davidson.
This is not the first time the singer has taken a break, and she has previously spoken openly about the detrimental impact of social media on her mental health.
The singer has said that she feels “guilty” for having anxiety, and encourages those who suffer from it to talk to their friends and family. She told BBC:
You have ups and downs and sometimes you’ll go weeks at a time where you will be crushing it and there will be no anxiety…and then something will happen that can trigger it and then you have a couple of down days.
And added: “The most important thing is to remember that… everybody has this. Talk to your loved ones, reach out to people, especially your fiends online. Reach out to each other.”