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Concerts for artists of Ariana Grande's caliber can definitely get out of hand quickly. 

Set in arenas that are meant to host several thousand guests, security has to be on point, and fans need to be respectful of personal space. The musician posted to her Instagram Story, requesting that fans keep their hands to themselves during her shows.

Nearly two years ago exactly, Grande experienced one of the worst things that could happen to a performer. A terrorist attacked concert-goers at her show in Manchester, England. Since then, she has experienced post traumatic stress disorder and upped the security at her ongoing Sweetener world tour.  

The star has surrounded herself with close colleagues and has an intimate relationship with her fans, but even she had to speak out when some of them got out of control. 

This "friendly reminder" warned fans to keep their hands to themselves. 

Grande's famous friends and entourage that join her on tour often film clips for her notorious documentaries and behind-the-scenes footage. It's possible that her fans recognized those people and got too excited. The star took to her Instagram to request that concert-goers respect her friends' personal space. 

She wrote, "friendly reminder. grabbing/touching people without their consent is harassment. please do not put your hands on my photographers or friends or anyone you don't know for that matter when you're in the pit at my shows. it's never okay or funny. thank you." 

And then followed up with, "(i can't believe this has to be said... but unfortunately it happens often... thanks for listening)."

Fan accounts have posted videos of her tour, and it's clear things can get a little crazy. 

The arena-sized stages are not exactly made for the singer's intimate style of performing. She has said before that she would perform with simply a mic on stage if she could, but also has fun with the grandeur. 

Her connection with fans is sweet, as this cell phone video posted by one account shows. But the amount of hands reaching for the star would make any sane person a little nervous. It's no wonder she felt the need to share a message of personal space with her fans for the safety of her friends and everyone, for that matter, in the audience. 

The artist consistently shares videos and images from her sets. 

Her otherworldly costuming and iconic long ponytail make an appearance in nearly every post she's made in the last few months. Her world tour has taken up the entirety of her time, although she did manage to sneak out "Monopoly," her song with bestie Victoria Monét. This video from one of her recent concerts features her singing a throwback "You'll Never Know" from her hit album Yours Truly. 

She also loves to give fans a peek at what goes on behind the scenes. 

She posted this video ahead of her entrance to one of her shows. She's dressed in one of her most glittery ensembles with her signature puffy coat. Videos like this of her singing along to her songs while meandering backstage are common practice on the star's Instagram. 

Grande revealed in a since-deleted tweet that the tour hasn't been all fun for her. 

Fans reached out to the singer on Twitter after noticing negativity getting the star down. One fan asked if the tour was good for the star's health, and that a healthy, happy Ariana was more important to them than a fun show. 

Grande wrote back,  "i don't think it is. honestly. it's been v hard. i have sm on my mind and it's so heavy and no energy to process or work thru any of it but i'm trying hard. and i have the twins. and seeing u all is so nice. but it's hard emotionally. i wish it were a year ago. i'd give anything." 

In another deleted tweet, she explained that the tour is "hell."

One fan recognized how Grande's music was like a form of therapy and how happy they were for the star's growth and happiness. The artist responded that despite appearances, things were not going as well for her. 

Grande wrote, "making it is healing. performing it is like reliving it all over again. and it is hell."

Overall, the singer just wants to produce the best for her fans and give every performance her all. 

While the tour has been hard, the biggest motivator for Grande is putting on the best show possible. She responded to one fan's tweet, "i just feel empty and i wanna have more to say / better energy to give to u and rn i don’t have anything. love u."

With that comes the responsibility of making sure her fans are safe at the show. Ahead of this world tour, she warned fans of increased security measures like only allowing in clear, plastic bags. 

Despite facing a few hardships and mental health roadblocks, the singer is enjoying her tour. 

Grande has as close of a relationship with her fans as she possibly can given her celebrity status. She often writes to them on Twitter and Instagram, and sometimes recognizes her most die-hard fans. Following the string of concerning tweets regarding her mental health and performing, she shared that she's grateful for touring and feeling the audience's energy. 

The star wrote to Twitter, "i love singing to y’all so much. seeing your faces makes me so f****** happy. your reactions to everything are so sweet and funny, i look forward to it so much in between shows. thanks for your energy n for being in my life and allowing this to be my life bye."

Most of the behind-the-scenes content looks like she and her team make time to have fun. 

A few of her famous tour mates are twins Brian and Scott Nicholson, who Grande features constantly on her Instagram for their hilarious commentary and goofy personalities. In this video she, the twins, and some of her backup dancers practice their "God Is a Woman" routine after having a few too many sips of bubbly. 

Grande tweeted the silly video with the caption, "drunk giaw." 

The singer's team honored the two-year anniversary of the Manchester attack with this tribute to Instagram. 

Alfredo Flores, one of Grande's closest friends and videographers/photographers, shared this post to Instagram of the group remembering the fans who tragically lost their lives at the Manchester event. On May 22, the two-year anniversary of the bombing, Flores wrote, "Forever in our hearts."