Ariana Grande admits she felt ‘deeply misunderstood’ in 2023… before revealing matching tattoo with Wicked co-star Cynthia Erivo: ‘One of the most transformative, most challenging, and yet happiest years’

Ariana Grande posted a note in her stories reflecting on 2023, calling it ‘one of the most transformative, most challenging, and yet happiest and most special years of my life’ – calling herself ‘deeply misunderstood.’

The artist also revealed she got matching tattoos with Wicked co-star Cynthia Erivo.

The stars got the phrase ‘For Good’ tatted on the palm on both of their hands – a nod Wicked.

The pop star, 30, revealed the matching tattoos via her Instagram stories on Friday. 

Ariana, who has over 60 tattoos, had the date they got inked in the stories – April 24, 2023.

She also posted a note in her stories reflecting on 2023, calling it ‘one of the most transformative, most challenging, and yet happiest and most special years of my life’

Ariana Grande revealed she got matching tattoos with Wicked co-star Cynthia Erivo

Ariana Grande revealed she got matching tattoos with Wicked co-star Cynthia Erivo

Ariana shared her note with what appeared to be drawings for a Glinda tattoo as well as a singular bubble

Ariana shared her note with what appeared to be drawings for a Glinda tattoo as well as a singular bubble

Ariana, who has over 60 tattoos, had the date they got inked in the stories - April 24, 2023; pictured with Cynthia

Ariana, who has over 60 tattoos, had the date they got inked in the stories – April 24, 2023; pictured with Cynthia

Ariana shared her note with what appeared to be drawings for a Glinda tattoo as well as a singular bubble.

Ariana stars as Glinda in the Jon M. Chu directed Wicked films.

Wicked the movie is based on the hit Broadway play, which was based on the 1995 book Wicked: Life & Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire. 

Cynthia Erivo is tapped to play Elphaba and Michelle Yeoh as Madame Morrible.

Wicked will be split in two parts, released one year apart. 

Wicked Part 1 was originally set for a Christmas Day, 2024 release but it has been moved up to November 27, 2024, with the second installment set to arrive December 25, 2025. 

The note she shared reflected on her 2023 year, which was the year she worked on the Wicked films as well as work on a new album that she has revealed she is releasing in 2024. 

Ariana added bubbles on her note on her stories, writing: ‘One of the most transformative, most challenging, and yet happiest and most special years of my life. There were so many beautiful and yet polarized feelings.

‘I’ve never felt more at the mercy of and in acceptance of what life was screaming to teach me. I’ve never felt more fulfilled by or present in my work, being able to cherish every moment. 

The note she shared reflected on her 2023 year, which was the year she worked on the Wicked films as well as work on a new album that she has revealed she is releasing in 2024

The note she shared reflected on her 2023 year, which was the year she worked on the Wicked films as well as work on a new album that she has revealed she is releasing in 2024

I have everything I could have possibly given of my heart and of myself to the projects I was fortunate enough to be a part of and learned so much from every brilliant, beautiful, soul that I had the privilege of creating art with and crossing paths with.’ 

In addition to touching on her role as Glinda, Ariana appeared to address criticism she faced this year for her personal life.

Ariana and husband Dalton Gomez split after two years of marriage in July 2023 – with their date of separation as February 20, 2023 per divorce papers.

Soon after, it was revealed she was dating her Wicked co-star Ethan Slater.

Soon after, it was revealed she was dating her Wicked co-star Ethan Slater

Soon after, it was revealed she was dating her Wicked co-star Ethan Slater

Days after their relationship was revealed, Ethan filed for divorce from his wife Lilly Jay, whom she shares a born born in 2022.

‘I have never felt more pride or joy or love while simultaneously feeling so deeply misunderstood by people who don’t know me, who piece whispers together and make what they want out of me and their assumptions of my life. 

Adding: I have learned and how much more important one of those things is than the other.

‘I have never felt more tightly held of fiercely protected by those who love and understand me (friends, family and fans alike). I feel safe, even amidst so many things I’d usually be afraid of. I am listening to and trusting myself, even when fear or trauma tells me not to.

‘I am reacting to things that deserve my energy and removing and protecting myself from things that do not.’

Ariana continued: ‘I am so eternally grateful for all of the feelings I was lucky enough to feel so deeply this year. Mine and Galinda’s alike. The unfathomably hard ones and the inexplicably happy ones. I feel more human than ever. I feel more deeply than ever. I feel softer and stronger, all at once.

Ariana concluded her note: ‘I am wrapping you all in a cocoon of love and wishing you a very happy, healthy new year. If you ever feel misunderstood or alone, just remeber that it will pass and you are not. Take a deep breath and know that you are so incredibly loved. I cannot wait for next year. :)’

Ariana pictured in the studio in October working on her upcoming album

Ariana pictured in the studio in October working on her upcoming album

Ariana pictured June 25 in another memory

Ariana pictured June 25 in another memory

Ariana posted images from Wicked

Ariana posted images from Wicked

Another showed her and her friends' shoes just weeks prior

Another showed her and her friends’ shoes just weeks prior

Ariana posted several sneak peeks of her making music

Ariana posted several sneak peeks of her making music

Ariana teased fans in regards to her music, revealing she has been working on it for most of the year

Ariana teased fans in regards to her music, revealing she has been working on it for most of the year

Another snap showed a candle as well as a revision of something

Another snap showed a candle as well as a revision of something

The stunner with a rainbow in the background while on set of wicked

The stunner with a rainbow in the background while on set of wicked

Ariana and her adorable pup sitting on a door mat that read 'The Witch is in'

Ariana and her adorable pup sitting on a door mat that read ‘The Witch is in’

Ariana pictured in a January clip she shared  as well

Ariana pictured in a January clip she shared  as well

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