Instead of being critical of people in authority over you and envious of their position, be happy you’re not responsible for everything they have to do. Instead of piling on complaints, thank them for what they do. Overhelm them with encouragement and appreciation.
The biggest lesson I’ve learned is being okay with not having the answers to everything. I feel like for the first time in my life, I’m really okay.
….his daughter Joan, well, we know who she gave birth to. She gave birth to Frankie Grande, she gave birth to Ariana Grande. And we know that Ariana’s killing it. He passed away knowing that his granddaughter is one of the strongest, most talented, and most successful young artists of this generation. That is an enormous gift. Ariana is….was, the light in his eye. The apple of his eye. I was always Nonna’s favorite, she was always Grandpa’s favorite and we always can say that. It’s fine, it’s just something we’ve always said. She’s always had Grandpa, but his legacy living on through her is unbelievable and he got to see that.
He got to see her play Madison Square Garden, he was there when she got to go on Ellen, he was there when she got to go on the Billboard Awards. He got to watch her do all of these incredible things and he passed away seeing me fighting.” — Frankie Grande mentioning Ariana in his eulogy for Grandpa Grande
"I wanted to be my grandfather. That’s all I ever wanted to be in life — is my grandfather. I wanted to be him and I’ve wanted him to be proud of me because he worked so hard and instilled in me the desire to work hard and achieve. Everything I’ve ever done I’ve tried to do in his image. My name is Frank Grande, his name is Frank Grande, I was named after that man. Every day that I’m alive on this planet and on this Earth….I try to be like him. One of the strongest, greatest, greatest man to ever walk this Earth, and he survived cancer twice before succumbing to cancer.
He had colon cancer, survived. Stomach cancer, got ninety percent of his stomach removed, survived. Ninety years old, diagnosed with stomach cancer again….and some might say that this is a failure, that this is the final battle that he didn’t win [but] I don’t look at it that way, look at the legacy he left behind.” — part of Frankie Grande’s eulogy for Grandpa Grande
Love is a really scary thing, and you never know what’s going to happen. It’s one of the most beautiful things in life, but it’s one of the most terrifying. It’s worth the fear because you have more knowledge, experience, you learn from people, and you have memories.
My dearest Frankie,
We love and miss you so much. I’m sitting here with Nonna, Ari, and your cousin and are so sad to tell you that grandpa lost his battle with cancer. Although it is so difficult, we thought it would be the right thing to tell you. We love you so much and want you to know that grandpa specifically a few days ago said that if anything were to happen he wanted you to know how proud of you he was and that he’s rooting for you to win….even though he had no idea what was going on on the show. He was watching just for you, live feeds and all. He also insisted that whatever happened he didn’t want to interfere with this opportunity for you. All of us are here strongly supporting you and encouraging you to stay in the game and work hard like grandpa did his whole life and as grandpa wanted you to, he said so himself.
Please don’t think about coming home. Think of how much grandpa wanted you to stay. He’s watching you from Heaven and I’m sure that’s better than any live feed we’ve got. Be strong as he would be and smile because he deserves to be celebrated. Take your time, take deep breaths. We love you endlessly and are staying strong over here. We are waiting for you to have a celebration of his life when we are together at the end of September. We love you so much and want to hug you.
P.S The four of us just spent forty minutes fighting over whether or not to tell you that we want to hug you because we don’t want to tempt you to come home. Stay. Be strong.
Ariana behind the scenes of her “Good Morning America’ interview this morning