LOS ANGELES, June 8 (UPI) -- Ariana Grande has railed against the media's obsession with her dating life, saying that she wants to be valued as an individual and not as someone's girlfriend.
In a lengthy Twitter post, Grande criticized double standards for women in the music industry.
"Being 'empowered' ... is not the same as being a 'b****,'" Grande wrote. "HAVING SOMETHING TO SAY...is not the same as HAVING A BAD ATTITUDE."
Her Twitter rant comes in the wake of comments she gave to The Sun.
"A girl can be friends with something with a d**k and not hop on it," she said when the British tabloid asked about the Horan rumors.
"I'm tired of needing to be linked to a guy," she said. "I'm not Big Sean's ex, I'm not Niall's possible girl. I'm Ariana Grande. If that's not enough, then don't talk to me!"
Grande continued in her post:
What I meant when I said what I said about not being Sean's ex is that I am tired of living in a world where women are mostly referred to as a man's past, present or future PROPERTY / POSSESSION. I...do not belong. to anyone. But myself. And neither do you.
I have clearly not been having the boy questions in my interviews lately because I have come to the realization that I have SO. MUCH. MORE. to talk about. I'm currently making the best music I've ever made in my life, having the best time of my life on tour with some of the greatest people I've ever known, working my ass every single day, performing / creating for my babes and getting the chance to meet and hug my babes all over the world every day.
Grande said she comes from a "long line" of female activists and closed with a quote from famed feminist Gloria Steinem: "Any woman who chooses to behave like a full human being should be warned that the armies of the status quo will treat her as something of a dirty joke. She will need her sisterhood."
Grande's rant received numerous messages of support from fans, including fellow musician Taylor Swift.
"@ArianaGrande I'm so proud of you, always. But especially today," Swift wrote.