Ariana Grande is being ‘sued’ after posting paparazzi photos of herself on Instagram

She didn't pay the licence fee

Ariana Grande

by Anna Sky Hulton |
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Pop star Ariana Grande has reportedly been sued for posting photos of herself on Instagram without paying the licence fee! According to The Blast, the photos, taken by a professional photographer called Robert Barbera, were posted on Instagram last year and Robert says the '7 Rings' singer never asked, "permission or consent to publish the photographs."

The photos, which have now been deleted, are believed to have been taken on the day that the singer's album 'sweetener' came out (17th August 2018) and received around 3 million likes, from the stars' 155 million followers on the popular social site, before they were removed. The photos were captioned, 'happy sweetener day'. [sic]

It's understood that Ariana is now being sued for $50,000 after posting these side-by-side photos which showed the pop star holding a transparent bag with the logo for her album on in the side.

Now take a look at Ariana Grande's full transformation timeline:


Ariana Grande's complete transformation timeline

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June 2010

We won't rest till this is brought back as the Sweetener album cover.

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March 2010

Going for Loud era Rihanna red extensions are we, hun?

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June 2010

How fresh-faced does Ari look at the The Twilight Saga: Eclipse premiere back in 2010, please? Sidenote how is that movie EIGHT years old?

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July 2011

When you whip out your overpriced 'vintage' Urban Outfitters camera and think you're Rankin.

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November 2012

We don't know what we miss more; Ari's red hair or our collection of official One Direction Sharpies.

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April 2013

The accessories are a bit 'Pixie Lott does V Festival 2012,' but we're HERE for it.

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May 2013

This genuinely might've been the first time we ever saw Ari in black. She's also just on the cusp of UK stardom with her debut album Yours Truly at this point.

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November 2013

Obsessed with the ombre 'do and strapless sequin look from the 2013 AMAs.

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December 2013


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March 2014

The Nickelodeon-inspired clutch, though. Iconic.

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August 2014

Er, talk about a glow up.

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August 2015

Living for the space buns. LI. VING.

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February 2016

Ari's most sophisticated look yet for the 2016 Grammy Awards?

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August 2016

Bangs bangs into the room. Ahem.

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November 2016

Rapunzel, let down your huuur.

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May 2018

Back to the Focus era blonde for No More Tears Left to Cry.

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October 2018

Light blonde transforms into honey curls with gloss and bronze in October of 2018 for Ari.

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April 2019

By April 2019 she's back to a sleek dark pony with darker eye makeup and some more casual streetwear looks.

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January 2020

Who could forget Ari's absolutely ICONIC Grammys look?

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August 2020

Can we COPE with this hairstyle change? Ofc. Pigtails all the way.

Ariana's album 'sweetener' went on to become hugely popular, reaching the top spot in the UK Album chart and a number of other countries around the world, including the US Billboard 200 and Australia's chart.

The past 12 months have been very successful for Ariana, who has released a number of singles from her new album including, 'thank u, next' and '7 Rings'. She also won her first GRAMMY Award this year, for her album 'sweetener' having been nominated five times before.

Ariana's real name is Ariana Grande-Butera, see 11 other singers who use a stage name:

The music video for 'thank u, next' received a lot of attention as it featured an appearance from Kris Jenner, as well as referencing and recreating a number of noughties teen movies, including Bring It On and Mean Girls.

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