The “No Tears Left to Cry” singer was supposed to make her onstage return on Saturday after staying out of the spotlight since the rapper died in September. She was set to perform at F–k Cancer’s inaugural Barbara Berlanti Heroes fundraising gala, where her manager Scooter Braun gave a speech and his wife Yael Cohen Braun received an honor for her work as co-founder of the group.
“One of the most amazing things about this organization is that they help people when they’re having the worst moments in their life, and they give sympathy and a calm nature to people in need in those moments. And you saw your invite, someone I’m very close to was supposed to come sing for you today, and because of things that she’s going through, she couldn’t be here today,” Scooter told the crowd. “And while I was frustrated, being the manager, my wife, being who she always is, just looked at me and she goes, ‘She needs this time.'”
Scooter said he “called in a favor” and arranged for The Daily Show host Trevor Noah, Yael’s favorite comic, to perform a short stand-up act in Ariana’s place.
At the gala, Ariana was supposed to perform a duet of a song from Broadway’s Wicked with original star Kristen Chenoweth. The latter singer performed “Bring Him Home” from Les Misérables by herself instead.
Ariana remains a scheduled performer of NBC’s A Very Wicked Halloween: Celebrating 15 Years on Broadway, a concert tribute hosted by Chenoweth and former co-starIdina Menzel and Kristen Chenoweth. The show airs on October 29.
The Goldbergs and Curb Your Enthusiasm star and comedian Jeff Garlin hosted F–k Cancer’s inaugural Barbara Berlanti Heroes fundraising gala, which took place at Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank, California. Other celebrities who attended included Olivia Munn, Rachel Zoe, Sara Foster, Aisha Tyler and Stephen Amell, who also received an award for his work raising funds and awareness for the organization.
Last week, Ariana posted an amateur video for her single “Breathin’,” which contains footage of her and Pete’s pet pig, Piggy Smalls, an emotional support pet. She had earlier told her fans that she still needed to shoot a music video for the track.
“Don’t kill me i took some time off bc i was real sad and we didn’t expect the record to pop off like this,” she tweeted. “I love u. don’t kill me pls. i’m on it. promise.”
She also wrote, “I’m feeling sm better lately and this music is sick i’m so happy i love u,” and added that she will indeed perform at her scheduled concert at the Chelsea at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas on December 29.
“I’ll be singing and i’ll see u there!” she tweeted.