Ariana Grande was told to “not ever give up” on music by Gloria Estefan.
The ‘Break Free’ hitmaker was just six or seven-years-old when the legendary musician heard her singing karaoke on a cruise and encouraged her to follow a career in music.
Speaking on British chat show Alan Carr: Chatty Man, she recalled: “I was on vacation with my family and I was doing karaoke and it was a terrible song choice. We were on a cruise and I decided to sing ‘My Heart Will Go On’ from ‘Titanic’. Really dark choice, but I was only six or seven so I didn’t know what I was doing.
“After I was done somebody came up to me and was like, ‘Gloria Estefan would like to speak to you’. I was like, ‘Are you serious?’ and my brother was like, ‘Are you f***ing serious?’ and we went together to go say hi to her. She was like, ‘I just want to let you know that you are so talented and do not ever give up’. It was crazy.”
Meanwhile, the 23-year-old singer previously admitted she is terrified something might happen to her voice.
She shared: “One of my big fears is something happening to my voice because vocal chords are fragile little things.”