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Edward "Eddie" Butera (born September 20, 1958) is Ariana Grande's father, Frankie Grande's stepfather, and Joan Grande's ex-husband. He is the owner/founder of IBI Designs, Inc. He is very proud of his daughter and often tweets about her on his Twitter page, @CaptainEddieB.

LifeEdit

Eddie was born on September 20, 1958 and raised in Maplewood, New Jersey. He graduated from the NYIT in 1981 with a degree in advertising and design. He then worked at different design companies in New York City where he met Joan Grande in the early '90s. They got married moved to Boca Raton, Florida in 1993 when Joan was pregnant with their daughter, Ariana who was born that year. Eddie was stepfather to Frankie (Joan's son from a previous marriage) for over 10 years. They all lived together in Boca until Joan and Eddie split up when Ariana was 8 or 9 and Eddie moved out. Currently, Eddie continues to live in Florida.[2][3][4][5]

Relationship with ArianaEdit

  • Ariana shows that she loves her dad very much.
  • Edward uses the picture Ariana took with him his twitter icon.
  • Ariana gave her dad a signed picture that says I love you six times.[6]
  • Edward has a shirt with Ariana's name embroidered on it.[7]
  • He came to see Ariana perform in A Snow White Christmas.[8]
  • Ariana has a lot of family on Edward's side of the family.[9]
  • Ariana tweeted about him a few times. [10]
  • When Ariana's Girls' Life magazine came out, Edward bought a copy.[11]
  • Edward tweeted a picture of him and Ariana along with greeting her a happy birthday.[12]
  • They made a painting of a shell together once.[13]
  • Edward tweeted a picture of a papier mache bowl they made together when Ariana was 5 years old.[14]
  • He wants to teach her how to fish.[15]
  • Sometime in 2013, Ariana and her father lost touch. Ariana talked about in the September 2014 issue of Seventeen magazine and said it was the hardest thing she ever had to deal with. She went on to say that, "the thing that got me there was embracing the fact that I am made up of half my dad, and a lot of my traits come from him. So much of me comes from my father, and for so long, I didn’t like that about myself. I had to accept that it’s okay not to get along with somebody and still love them."[16]
  • When Yours Truly came out, Edward bought two copies.[17]
  • On Father's Day 2014, Ariana tweeted "happy Father's Day to all the incredible fathers out there... thinking of you today daddy. love u." [18]
  • Eddie went to Ariana's Miami show during The Honeymoon Tour on March 28, 2015.[19]
  • They made a painting together[20]

GalleryEdit

Ari2014-mod2 "I'll give you all I have and nothing less, I promise."
To view the Edward Butera gallery, click here.

ReferencesEdit

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