In a new interview with her friend and collaborator Troye Sivan for Paper, Ariana Grande confirmed that her song "get well soon" is about her struggle with anxiety, particularly after the Manchester attack.
During the conversation, Troye complimented how personal and vulnerable Sweetener is, saying "get well soon" "punched him in the gut." Ariana said she was able to write it with the help of Pharrell, who produced the album.
"[Pharrell] kind of forced it out of me, because I was in a really bad place mentally. I've always had anxiety; I've had anxiety for years. But when I got home from tour it reached a very different, intense peak. It became physical and I was not going out at all, and I felt like I was outside my body."
"I'd have these spells every now and then where I felt like I was having déjà vu, but like 24/7 for three months at a time. It was really weird, and all that was on my mind. [Pharrell] was like, "You have to write about it. You need to make this into music and get this shit out, and I promise it will heal you."
She said writing the song didn't heal her completely, but it definitely helped, and she's happy she did it because it's become so relatable to her fans.
"It still took me a few weeks to feel better, but looking back at it now from a healthier place, it's probably one of the most important songs I'll ever write."
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This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.