Ariana Grande and Victoria Justice have had a long, but rocky friendship. After years of rumored feuds, fans were worried that the Victorious actresses were fighting yet again when Ariana invited some of their costars to be in her “Thank U, Next” music video — except for Victoria, that is. But the actress let fans know they were all good when she commented on Ariana’s Instagram post, totally praising the new vid.
Even more recently, Victoria gave a shout out to Ari, despite not being able to stick around for her Coachella performance. Phew, it seems like after all the drama, they’re finally in a good place, and that’s a total relief! It’s certainly taken a while to get here, so in case you forgot, we’ve gone ahead and recapped all the ups and downs of friendship.
So Ariana and Victoria met on the set of Victorious in 2010, and immediately, the girls became best friends. Or at least, it seemed like they were, since they posted tons of selfies together and constantly gushed over each other in interviews.
It seemed like one of the sweetest friendships ever, but when Ariana was cast in the spinoff show Sam & Cat, things quickly went downhill. It’s believed that this caused a big riff between the girls, and when it was announced that Victorious was coming to an end in 2013, fans quickly accused Ariana of being the reason behind the cancelation, claiming her involvement in the spinoff series was to blame.
Eventually, Ariana became sick of the hate and decided to explain her side of the story, putting the blame on Victoria instead. This is when things really got ugly. The singer claimed that the actual reason the show was ending was because someone didn’t want to have a cast tour, but instead, wanted to go solo. And all signs pointed to the Victoria as the person Ari was referring to.
“Sweetheart the only reason Victorious ended is because one girl didn’t want to do it,” she wrote. “She chose to do a solo tour instead of a cast tour. If we had done a cast tour Nickelodeon would have ordered another season of Victorious while Sam and Cat filmed simultaneously but she chose otherwise.” Ouch!
Victoria was quick to defend herself, writing in a now-deleted tweet: “Some people would throw someone that they consider a friend under the bus just to make themselves look good. #StopBeingAPhony #IfTheyOnlyKnew.”
Ariana responded with one last tweet, writing “You just can’t hide from the truth.”
You just can't hide from the truth.
— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) February 8, 2013
Things quieted down after that, and it wasn’t until June 2013 that the drama started up again. Ariana revealed in an interview with Seventeen that she was bullied on set, and fans were quick to assume she was referring to Victoria.
“I worked with someone who told me they’d never like me. But for some reason, I just felt like I needed her approval,” she spilled. “So I started changing myself to please her. It made me stop being social and friendly. I was so unhappy.”
According to Ariana, however, she was totally misquoted and revealed that she wasn’t actually referring to her time on Victorious, but that she was actually talking about a Broadway play she starred in. Ariana took to her Tumblr to clear up the confusion, writing: “It’s my responsibility to clear up the drama today. I was misquoted in an interview and I’ve been very upset and disappointed all day. I was asked about bullying and I thought I’d share some of my personal experiences so that I could share how I overcame it with my fans and hopefully be a help to the people who look up to me and are dealing with being bullied. However, unfortunately I was a little too vague in my interview and conclusions were drawn and fingers were pointed.”
“My years filming Victorious were some of the HAPPIEST of my life and that cast is family to me,” Ariana continued. “(The stories I [was] sharing were actually from 2008 when I was on Broadway. Was an amazing experience but a tough time for me.) Please please don’t send hate to anyone. It’s undeserved. The point of answering the question in the first place was to help those of you who are dealing with bullying, not to start drama. I apologize for the commotion. Love you guys VERY much. Thank you for being here for me and for supporting me.”
But it didn’t end there, because in July 2013, Ariana was verbally attacked by Victoria’s fans at a magazine signing. Ariana became so upset that she started to cry and they had to shut down the event early.
In August 2014, Ariana and Victoria reunited at the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards for the first time in over a year, and even posed for a pic together. We all basically freaked over seeing them together again.
Then, in 2015, Victoria finally spoke about their friendship, clearing the air once and for all.
“We’re not enemies. I mean, I wouldn’t call her up to have a sleepover, but at the end of the day, I wish her well. She’s doing great with her music, and she’s very talented. We’re just on our separate paths, doing our own things,” she told Seventeen. Okay, so it seemed like although they weren’t the closest friends, the two stars were finally at peace. She spoke about the feud once more to E! News, where she even revealed she might consider doing a duet with Ari.
“I mean I don’t know, who knows. Maybe one day!” she told them. She continued to clear up the rumors once again, making sure we all knew that there was no more bad blood between the two.
“I kind of had this mindset like, ‘Ignore the haters, I’m not going to feed into this negative nonsense,’ but I think people took my silence as being guilty and actually that wasn’t the truth at all,” she said. “I had nothing to do with Victorious not getting picked up again. I have a great relationship with all the Nickelodeon executives and my cast. And the tour not happening had nothing to do with me as well, other people didn’t want to go on tour, it wasn’t just because I went on a solo tour.”
“So there’s no feud with me and Ariana. She’s doing great with her music and I wish her the best and continued success,” she said. Then, in December 2015, the entire Victorious cast reunited for the holidays and fans were shook to see both Victoria and Ariana in attendance!
Victoria shared a picture of herself snuggled up in a onesie next to Liz Gillies, Leon Thomas, Avan Jogia, Daniella Monet and Matt Bennett. “Onesie party with a few of my old frands,” she wrote. “We’re such dorks, we sat around… eating cookies, watching Victorious episodes, and reminiscing. Very grateful for that time of my life.”
Ariana shared a snap as well, writing: “A couple nights ago with my loves for life.” Aww, so sweet!
There wasn’t much between the former besties in 2016, but in 2017 their drama started up again when a video of Victoria totally sassing Ariana during the Victorious days re-surfaced and quickly became a meme.
Victoria was over it though, and she took to Twitter to comment on the video. “I think we ALL have better things to do than dredging up 7 year old non-existent drama,” she wrote. “That said, Im kind of excited to finally be a meme.”
I think we ALL have better things 2 do than dredging up 7 yr old non-existent drama. That said, Im kind of excited to finally be a meme 😂 pic.twitter.com/PclDihQYtz
— Victoria Justice (@VictoriaJustice) April 28, 2017
A few months later, she also took to Twitter again, but this time to show her support for Ariana after the horrible Manchester bombing that took place at the singer’s concert.
I just heard about the attack at Ariana's concert.This is truly awful. I'm sending my deepest condolences & praying for every one affected🙏🏼
— Victoria Justice (@VictoriaJustice) May 23, 2017
“I just heard about the attack at Ariana’s concert. This is truly awful. I’m sending my deepest condolences and praying for every one affected,” the actress wrote. Two months later she commented again, praising Ariana for the benefit concert that she planned in order to raise money for the victims.
“So happy 2 hear that @arianagrande & the other talented artists that shared the stage raised $13M for #ManchesterVictims ?? #LoveAlwaysWins,” she wrote.
— Victoria Justice (@VictoriaJustice) June 5, 2017
The following year, the star showed her support for Ari once more when she gushed over her new music video, which featured Matt, Liz, and Daniella. “Congrats the video is awesome,” Victoria wrote along with the hand-clapping emoji and some hearts. Ari responded back to former co-star too, sending hearts and the prayer hands.
These days, it seems like things are still good between the two stars, despite the fact that Victoria wasn’t able to stick around and watch Ari’s Coachella performance. Luckily, she did send some positive vibes her way via Snapchat, so we can pretty much confirm things are still cool between them.
“Almost home back in L.A.” Victoria said. “Unfortunately, I had to leave early. I didn’t get to experience any of Coachella Day 3, which is such a bummer. There were so many artists I wanted to see, and of course I wanted to see Ariana tonight, but I know she’s going to have an amazing show and she’s going to kill it.” How sweet is that?!
So it looks like after years of feuding, the two ladies are finally friends again and we couldn’t be happier!
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