Ariana Grande arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on Aug. 24 in Inglewood, Calif.
Criticizing Ariana Grande is a dangerous game.
The “Problem” singer has been battered in the press lately by a string of stories that paint her as a brat and a diva.
Now her camp is mounting a campaign to discredit her former best friend and choreographer, Isaac Calpito, because Grande’s people believe he is the main source of the unflattering tales.
After the latest wave of stories hit the papers this week, Grande confidants sent unsolicited, bullet-pointed lists of Calpito’s supposed transgressions. They claim, among other things, that there have been “numerous complaints by many women working around (Grande’s) team for inappropriate behavior” by Calpito while he was working for the singer.
The snitches also claimed that he was suspended and later resigned after a “lengthy investigation” into the alleged behavior.
Grande and Calpito had their falling-out over the summer, but Calpito is trying to stay above the fray.
After rumors first began to circulate that he was behind some of the stories, he tweeted, “I wish Ariana the BEST and even if I had a story to sell … I wouldn’t.”
The pair were once thick as thieves. As recently as five months ago, Grande posted on her Instagram about Calpito, “thank u for the endless inspiration and for pushing me to grow as an artist and to shake my booty I love u.”
Unfortunately for the former Nickelodeon star, if her former friend is telling tales about her, he isn’t the only one. Earlier this month, an Australian newspaper reported that Grande will only be photographed from the left side. Since then a slew of negative reports have come out, including one story that she was a “monster” on a Marie Claire magazine shoot.
Even E! host Giuliana Rancic has jumped on the bandwagon, complaining that Grande’s team demanded that Rancic switch places with the singer before an interview on the American Music Awards red carpet last November so that only Grande’s left side was on camera. “You know it was like, ‘You either get on the other side or we don’t do an interview,’ ” Rancic said.
And multiple sources have told [email protected] about the now-legendary autograph session, which ended with Grande slipping into an elevator and saying of her giddy fans, “I hope they all f—ing die.”
A rep for Grande declined to comment on our story. Calpito told [email protected], “I haven’t been the source of any stories about Ariana and I wish her nothing but the best.”