Police and health officials investigating Ariana Grande's doughnut licking incident
Published 09/07/2015 | 08:13
Police are now investigating after Ariana Grande was seen licking doughnuts in leaked CCTV footage.
In the video published by TMZ, the Problem singer (22) is pictured licking a donut before kissing one of her backing dancers and is also heard saying: "I hate America."
The diva has since issued a statement apologising for her comments, saying it was referring to the obesity rate in America, but did not address her bizarre decision to lick a doughnut on display.
The Associated Press if now reporting that health officials, alongside the local police department, are investigating the incident at Wolfee Donuts in Southern California.
The cashier said that Ariana did not purchase any of the doughnuts she licked and described her as "really rude".
In her apology, the former child star explained:"I am EXTREMELY proud to be an American and I’ve always made it clear that I love my country,” she said. “What I said in a private moment with my friend, who was buying the donuts, was taken out of context and I am sorry for not using more discretion with my choice of words."
Ariana went on to say how she was annoyed at the size and volume of the donuts considering the countries problems with obesity. And as a role model to young people, the star feels frustrated that American’s don’t always seem to think about what they are eating.
"As an advocate for healthy eating, food is very important to me and I sometimes get upset by how freely we as Americans eat and consume things without giving any thought to the consequences that it has on our health and society as a whole," she continued.
"The fact that the United States has one of the highest child obesity rates in the world frustrates me. We need to do more to educate ourselves and our children about the dangers of overeating and the poison that we put into our bodies.
"We need to demand more from our food industry. However I should have known better in how I expressed myself; and with my new responsibility to others as a public figure I will strive to be better."
Grande has been accused of diva behaviour in the past with reports that she only allows herself to be photographed from the left side.