Sweetener release day is finally here, Arianators. And while we’re busy discussing our faves just like you guys — ”No More Tears Left to Cry”? “Goodnight and Go”? “Get Well Soon” ? — we figured we’d also look back on all the times Ariana has spoken about her new album. From her enthusiastic tweets (and there are a ton of those) to clips from her interviews (including TIME and The Fader), scroll on to see 10 things Ariana has said (or written!) – touching on her album cover, her favorite songs, and more – about Sweetener before it was released. That is, if you can pry yourself away from listening for a few minutes.
1. “honestly i look a lot like toulouse on the sweetener cover. a big win for me.” - Twitter
2. “okay omg ..........
so currently i’m in this world
goodnight n go
.... but it changes a lot .. borderline & everytime i go back n forth between in this top five” - Twitter
3. “the body of work feels like sweetener . like warm yummy agave . and clouds . w a little big of crying and sex on the side” - Twitter
4. I’ve always just been like a shiny, singing, 5-6-7-8, sexy-dance… sexy thing. But now it’s like, ‘OK … issa bop — but issa message. Issa bop but also has chunks of my soul in it. Here you go. Also, I cried 10 hundred times in the session writing it for you. Here is my bleeding heart, and here is a trap beat behind it.’ There’s definitely some crying-on the-dancefloor stuff on this one” - The Fader
5. “grateful n so excited. still listening to sweetener. i’ve...... never been this excited ab anything ever. love u the most.” - Twitter
6. “When you’re handed a challenge, instead of sitting there and complaining about it, why not try to make something beautiful?” - TIME
7. “a b**ch has never been more excited” - Twitter
8. “get well soon is the grown up honeymoon ave” - Twitter”
9. “the sessions are kind of the slumber party but on steroids we’ll be performing the songs for u and also answering questions and hanging out and stuff. it’s going to be v special.” - Twitter
10. We’ve messed with the idea of not being able to find the ground again,” she says, “because I feel like I’m finally landing back on my feet now.” - TIME
PHOTOS: Getty Images and Brian Friedman for iHeartRadio