Ariana Grande says Thank U, Next 'literally saved me life' [Image: Ariana Grande/Instagram]

Ariana Grande has hailed her Thank U, Next album on its first anniversary, crediting it with "literally" saving her life.

The 26-year-old singer had a tumultuous time over the past couple years with the death of ex-boyfriend Mac Miller and a failed engagement to comedian Pete Davidson.

In a candid Instagram post, Grande said Thank U, Next - a huge commercial and critical success - gave her the courage to "be vulnerable and be honest with people".

Ariana wrote: "making this project with so many dear friends quite literally saved my life and gave me the courage to be vulnerable and be honest with people.”

"Thank u for making me feel heard, safe and incredibly human.”

"It is nice (and so healing) to know that i don’t have to hide behind a weird, polished pop star facade and that I’m able to connect with so many people over my truths and pain.”

Ariana had a tumultuous year [Image: Getty Images Europe]

"I know that should have clicked for me sooner but it didn’t and i want to thank u for showing me first hand that it is okay. all of it."

Ariana went on to say that she has been working on new music but it may be a little way off yet.

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She continued: "I have been writing and creating a lot lately and it feels nice. I am in no rush to pop anything out of the oven yet!!”

"But I do look forward to this new chapter and sharing more stories / life with you”

Ariana's statement on Instagram

"Sending a tremendous, warm hug."

Thank U, Next proved to be hugely successful for Grande after its release in February last year.

Powered by the singles Thank U, Next, 7 Rings and Break Up with Your Girlfriend, I'm Bored, it topped charts around the world, including in the UK, US, Australia, Canada, Ireland and New Zealand.

At last month's Grammys it was nominated for album of the year but lost out to Billie Eilish's When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?

During her acceptance speech, Eilish, 18, said Grande should have won the award.