Ariana Grande is reportedly sending money to fans in need
The ‘7 Rings’ hitmaker is believed to be using money transferring app Venmo to send much needed cash to fans who have been hit hard by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, which has caused some people to lose their jobs as a result of needing to self-isolate and stay at home
30 March 2020
According to TMZ, numerous fans have reported being sent payments ranging from $500 to $1,500, with some saying Ariana has been doing the kind deed in secret for several days.
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Speaking to Page Six, one fan said that Ariana “reached out and took care of my salary for the month.”
The 26-year-old singer’s charitable act comes after Taylor Swift was also revealed to be sending money to her cash-strapped fans with several donations of $3,000.
Taylor reportedly reached out to several of her supporters via private message asking for their PayPal details to gift the sums after reading about their struggles online.
Samantha Jacobson had written on Tumblr that she'd lost her "only source of income" after the cocktail bar she worked in in Disney World, Florida, closed down for a month due to the pandemic, prompting Taylor to get in touch and offer to help her pay her bills.
Samantha, 24, said: "I was in shock. I was just speechless. I couldn't believe someone I had looked up to and love and respected for so long has reached out with such generosity.
"It's all gonna go to bills right now. I applied for unemployment and I'm looking to pick up a temp job, so this is really helpful right now at a time of uncertainty.”
Holly Turner's Tumblr post about her concerns she'd have to leave New York due to the pandemic and its impact on her finances was also seen by Taylor and she was stunned when the 30-year-old singer "saved" her situation.
She explained: "I saw that she had just started following me on Tumblr, so I was jumping around and screaming about that, and then I saw that the top post on Tumblr was about the fact that I was financially struggling and I thought, 'There's no way she's following me because of that.'
"Then I started losing my mind even more ... I wasn't going to be able to stay in my apartment after May, if it weren't for this ... I have been working my entire life to be able to live in New York City and I thought that was going to be taken, and she saved that for me. So, I am just so, so, so grateful."