Ariana Grande has been a fierce Kesha supporter. The pop artist was one of the first to voice concern for Kesha in her legal battle with Dr. Luke. 

In an interview with Carson Daly on his 97.1 AMP Radio show, Ariana Grande explained why she felt obligated to speak on the matter. “I love Kesha,” Grande began, going on to say: 

“I worked with her when I was a lot younger. We’ve been friends, I support her regardless of what’s going on. I didn’t know about a lot of this, do you know what I mean? At the time I was really young, and we didn’t discuss any of this.”

Grande sees the treatment of Kesha as reflective of the industry’s sexism: 

“The incredible double standards that we face on a daily basis in the industry and just in the world, it’s shocking,” she added. “I would be so amused, and pardon me if this comes across as sexist, but I don’t think a male artist would be in this position right now.” 

The "Dangerous Woman" singer continued to emphasize that she will always fight for the cause of women’s issues. “If I’m speaking about something that I’m passionate about, I’m willing to take the brunt for fighting for what I believe in," she said. "My fellow women are definitely something that I will always be one of the first to speak up about.”

Ariana Grande will be hosting and performing on Saturday Night Live tonight. Check out the complete album rundown of her third album, Dangerous Woman.