You probably won't be seeing Ariana Grande attending events or being especially chatty on social media for a while, and it's for a very important, totally understandable reason. On Monday, her team confirmed to People that Grande wouldn't be attending the 2018 Emmys that evening, and that she plans to take some time to herself to prioritize her well-being.
"Contrary to reports, Ariana will not be attending the Emmys tonight," Grande's rep said, adding that her fiancé, Pete Davidson, whose show Saturday Night Live was nominated for several Emmys, would stay home with her as well.
"Pete has also opted to not attend to be with her in New York." The rep added, "Given the events of the past couple of years, Ariana is going to take some much needed time to heal and mend. She will be staying close to home and using this period to spend time with her loved ones and work on new music without deadline. She thanks her fans for their understanding."
The announcement comes just over a year after her concert in Manchester, England, was the site of a deadly terrorist attack and barely a week after her ex-boyfriend Mac Miller's death.
Since Miller's death, Grande has stayed mostly silent on her social media feeds, breaking the silence to post first a captionless photo of the rapper, and then a video of him telling her a story.
"i adored you from the day i met you when i was nineteen and i always will. i can’t believe you aren’t here anymore. i really can’t wrap my head around it," she captioned the latter.
Grande has also spoken publicly about the post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other mental health issues she's experienced since the Manchester bombing.
In an interview with Elle in July, Grande described her PTSD symptoms and anxiety, revealing that she's been in therapy for over a decade. "I had really wild dizzy spells, this feeling like I couldn't breathe,” she said in the interview. "I've always had anxiety, but it had never been physical before."
It's crucial to give yourself time to heal and process your emotions—especially after a traumatic event or loss. As SELF wrote previously, that could take the form of setting up an extra therapy appointment, prioritizing your basic needs (sleep, nutritious food, physical activity), or even taking a mental health day if that's something your workplace allows. Whatever the event, the important thing is allowing yourself the chance to deal with it in whatever way makes sense for you.