Ariana Grande issued another apology Thursday for her “ugly” behavior after she was caught on surveillance video apparently licking pastries and slamming America while inside a Riverside County doughnut shop.
The 22-year-old pop singer issued a few apologies, including on Twitter. About 7 p.m. Thursday, she posted a black-and-white video attempting to atone for “behaving poorly.”
“It has not been an easy 24 hours,” she said in the YouTube video, which is more than four minutes long. “It’s been rough. I made a mistake and I am being judged for it.”
The surveillance footage apparently shows Grande and a man at Wolfee Donuts in Lake Elsinore about 11:30 p.m. Saturday. In the video, they “maliciously lick” doughnuts left on a display shelf, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department said.
Later in the video, she is shown calling the pastries disgusting and declaring, “I hate Americans. I hate America.”
Grande said a video apology addressing her actions and words was necessary because she wanted to make sure people knew she was sincere.
“Here I am apologizing to you all … because seeing a video of yourself behaving poorly, that you have no idea was taken, is such a rude awakening, that you don’t know what to do,” she said. “I was so disgusted with myself.”
Grande’s issue is with the food industry, but that does not mean she hates America, she said.
“I’ve actually never been prouder to be an American, to be honest with you,” she said. “Advances that we’ve made in the past couple of months and all the wonderful progressive things that have been going on, I’ve never been prouder of this country, actually.”
Authorities say they do not believe Grande committed a crime. But the Riverside County Department of Environmental Health is investigating the doughnut shop for food tampering related to the pastries being left out on display.
California laws require restaurants to keep food safe from contact by customers.
As for Grande, she said she wants to be good and continue to mature.
“I’m not here to make any excuses or justify my behavior because I can’t,” she said. “I am just here to apologize … I am very sorry.”