Have you ever accidentally pronounced someone’s name wrong, maybe many times over, only to have that person tell you in a rather casual way sometime later that, yeah, you’ve been butchering it since day one?
According to a new interview with singer Ariana Grande, basically the whole world has been mispronouncing her name. During an on-air interview with Beats1 Radio to promote her new album Sweetener, the 25-year-old singer shared that it’s actually pronounced ‘Grand-ee’ and not ‘Grawn-day’ as most of the world has been saying it for the last 12 years. At least, that’s how some in her family pronounce it.
“My grandpa said ‘Grand-ee’,” she told the interviewer. “My brother kind of changed…but I think of my grandpa and I wish I said ‘Grand-ee’ more.”
WHAT?! Seriously? What else have we been saying wrong? Is is actually pronounced Man-dee and not Monday? Also, why has it taken so long for this correction to come out? Is her first name also Arian-eh?
The God is a Woman singer also claimed she’d be taking her fiance Pete Davidson’s name, becoming Ariana Grande-Davidson (instead of her existing full-hyphenate name, Ariana Grande-Butera). As far as her professional moniker goes, she likes the idea of just being “Ariana,” but is too sentimental about the Grande name to make the chop.
“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.”
What do you think? Will you make like Grandpa Grande and start rhyming the star’s last name with candy or stick with the pronunciation you know?