Sad news, Arianators! Ariana Grande revealed on Twitter that her grandfather, dubbed Grandpa Grande by fans, passed away yesterday, July 22, after a long battle with cancer. As expected, the 21-year-old singer has been an emotional wreck ever since, letting her fans know just how heartbroken she is.


“Thank you for your continuous love & light over the past few weeks... we did lose my favorite person to ever exist yesterday, my grandpa,” Ariana tweeted. “If only y'all knew how amazing he was.. my [heart] hurts so much. It's beyond broken but I got to hold his hand and watch him find his peace. This is the hardest thing imaginable but I'm so grateful that I got to spend this time with him and my family. taking care of him and loving him.”

Just to show how much her fans care about her, #StayStrongAriana and #RIPGrandpaGrande are trending on Twitter in the United States. We know Ariana is going through a rough time, but at least she has family, friends, and fans that love her!

So far there’s no word as to whether or not Ariana’s brother, Frankie Grande, will be pulled out of Big Brother 16 for his grandfather’s funeral. According to the “Problem” singer, their grandfather insisted on not interrupting his time on the show. “Asked grandps last week if he wanted us to pull frankie off bb & he said ‘no way! he's gotta play the game even tho i don't understand it,’” she tweeted earlier today, July 23.

Our thoughts go out to Ariana and her family during this terrible time.

Carson Blackwelder is an Assistant Editor at Wetpaint Entertainment. Follow him on Twitter and Google+!