Ariana Grande on Her Support of Kesha: 'I'm Willing to Take the Brunt for Fighting for What I Believe In'

Ariana Grande Supports Kesha in Sexual Assault Controversy
Ariana Grande; Kesha
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03/11/2016 AT 05:25 PM EST

Ariana Grande has never shied away from speaking up for her fellow women, and now the singer is publicly supporting Kesha.

"I love Kesha. I worked with her when I was a lot younger," the singer, whose new single "Dangerous Woman" was released Friday, told Carson Daly on 97.1 AMP Radio's The Daly Download. "I support her, regardless of what's going on."

Many of music's biggest female stars – including Adele, Kelly Clarkson, Lady Gaga and more – have spoken out in support of Kesha, 29, who's currently embroiled in a legal battle with Dr. Luke, the music producer whom she claims drugged and raped her. (He and his lawyers have denied all allegations.)





"The incredible double standard that we [women] face on a daily basis, in the industry and just in the world, it's shocking," continued Grande, 22, who's set to perform at the 2016 Radio Disney Music Awards next month. "I would be so amused, and pardon me if this comes across as sexist, but I don't think a male artist would be in this position right now."

Asked if she was concerned about speaking out, Grande told Daly she's "willing to take the brunt for fighting for what I believe in, and my fellow women are definitely something that I will always be one of the first to speak up about."
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