Family time! Ariana Grande revealed that her father, Edward Butera, visited her while on tour in Europe and the two spent a lot of quality time together. Despite the songstress divulging that they “fell out of touch” back in 2014, it seems as though the father-daughter duo are making strides in their relationship.
“Jet setter dad,” the 26-year-old captioned four selfies on her Instagram Story of her and her dad on October 14. “His first time in Europe … Tried to show him as many things as possible in such a short about of time.” Ari seemed over-the-moon thrilled about her latest visitor and added, “So happy and grateful for this trip I can’t fully express. My heart is screaming.”
The “7 Rings” artist has been bopping around overseas for her “Sweetener/Thank U, Next” tour. She was recently in Paris and has concerts in London on October 15 and 16 before heading back to the United States. This isn’t the first show that Edward has attended. On June 2, he posted on Twitter that he was “very proud” of his daughter after one of her concerts and has been sharing tons of photos of the pop star throughout the summer.
Ariana is extremely close with her mother, Joan, and brother, Frankie, but doesn’t usually talk much about her dad. She hinted at turmoil between her birth parents in the song “thank u, next” during the line: “One day I’ll walk down the aisle / Holding hands with my mama / I’ll be thanking my dad / ‘Cause she grew from the drama.”
— Edward Butera (@CaptainEddieB) June 5, 2019
The “Boyfriend” songstress previously told Seventeen that losing contact with her father was one of the toughest things she ever went through. “Falling out of touch with my dad. It’s private, but it happened last year. It took me so long to be OK with it,” she said at the time. 2014 was an interesting year for the Grammy winner. She released her second studio album My Everything and it was also when Sam & Cat ended on Nickelodeon. Basically, she was on the verge of completely blowing up.
“The thing that got me there was embracing the fact that that I am made up of half my dad, and a lot of my traits come from him. So much of me comes from my father, and for so long, I didn’t like that about myself,” she continued. “I had to accept that it’s OK not to get along with somebody and still love them.”
It’s great to see that Ari and her dad are moving forward in a more positive direction!