Los Angeles: Pop star Ariana Grande's elder half-brother Frankie is proud of the singer's apology for licking un-purchased donuts at a shop and saying, "I hate America." The YouTube star and TV personality, 32, was nothing but positive about his sister in the wake of the controversy, reported Us magazine.
"I am proud of her apology, and that she has done it. I just hope that we can all move forward from here," he said. This is not the first time Frankie has stood up for Ariana. On Friday, July 10, he took to Twitter to lend his support, writing, "He who is without sin among you, let him be the first to throw a stone at her. #WeForgiveYouAriana. U made a mistake and are being JUDGED very HARSHLY for it but ur doing the right thing in the face of it & I'm so proud."
Earlier this week, a security camera video was released, showing the pop singer, 22, visiting a donut shop late on July 4 with backup dancer Ricky Alvarez and some friends. After declaring, "I hate Americans. I hate America!," Ariana was also filmed licking and spitting on some of the shop's un-purchased donuts that later went to customers.
The "Love Me Harder" singer released a public statement, clarifying that she was, in fact, proud to be an American while also condemning the way Americans eat. But after that was also criticised, the Nickelodeon alum shared a sincere YouTube video, directly apologising for her actions.
The incident is also being investigated by the police and the Environmental Health department.