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Venmo Virtuoso: Ariana Grande Gives Money to Fans Affected by Coronavirus Outbreak

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By Alyssa McCraw

Ariana Grande has added her name to the list of celebrities providing her fans with cold hard cash during the coronavirus lockdown.

Since TMZ's early-morning reveal of ten reported Grande-giving instances, the number of cases has since doubled to 20 - finally, a statistical spike we can get behind! The "Dangerous Woman" herself has sent fans various amounts of money - said to be between $500 and $1,000 USD - via the mobile payment app Venmo. It's supposed that her charitable choices have been a matter of Twitter-related chance.

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“She reached out and took care of my salary for the month,” one Arianator told PageSix. The publication added that Grande's generous gesture came on the heels of all New York-based bars and restaurants shutting down on the Governor's March 22nd orders, which leaves hundreds of thousands out of a job. Another fan received money from Grande after explaining that his loss of steady income has caused him to struggle with paying rent.

Ariana also shared hopes that her 178 million Instagram followers will take the concept of self-quarantining seriously.

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"I miss making things, can’t wait to get back to work, but for now, let’s stay inside pls," her Tuesday update read, coupled with a zoomed-in sky video.

Additionally, Grande has made monetary contributions to several organizations - another thing she encouraged her fans to consider if they find themselves able.

“While we are social distancing and doing the best we can to protect one another, my heart hurts for the small businesses, individuals, and families affected by this,” Ariana wrote in a recent Instagram Story update.

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I am supporting the organizations below, and if you are able to, you should too.” She proceeded to tag the Opportunity Fund (which is specifically in place to aid small businesses), the Italian Red Cross, Give Directly (which delivers "cash to families impacted by COVID-19 in the U.S".), as well as the WHO's COVID-19 solidarity response fund and Feeding America.

It seems the powers of pop royalty had a one big meeting (via FaceTime of course) as both Britney Spears and Taylor Swift have discretely directed personal gifts to fans in need of financial support.

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"Our world is going through such hard times right now," Spears said in a March 20th Insta-clip. "Whether it's with food, or I'm getting your child diapers, DM me and I will help you out." Several recipients shared screenshots of their messages from Brit asking for their PayPal information and then communicated a subsequent deposit.

Following Spears' lead, Swift went the reverse route on Tumblr and targeted fans who openly spoke of their current hardships. She, like Grande, also linked out to the WHO and Feeding America in a Monday evening Instagram Story.

Let's hope this trend goes viral in the celebverse!

In the meantime, check out these five times Ariana Grande and Taylor Swift supported each other!

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