Selena Gomez is sending prayers to the victims and families affected by the tragic bombing at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England. At least 22 fans were killed, more than 50 fans were injured, and dozens are still missing after the attack at the packed 22,000-seat Manchester Arena on May 22. Shortly after the attack, which is being described as a suicide bombing and possible terrorist attack that targeted women and children, Gomez took to Twitter to let fans know that she is thinking about the tragedy and to offer her love.
“My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone affected in Manchester,” Selena wrote late Monday after news of the tragedy broke.
Selena Gomez is not the only pop singer who is showing support for Grande and the Manchester victims. In addition to Gomez, pop superstars Taylor Swift, Demi Lovato, and Pink posted poignant messages on social media. Selena’s ex, Justin Bieber, also posted a simple #PrayForManchetser hashtag on his Twitter page. Several of the old school pop stars who paved the way for artists like Grande and Gomez also showed their support in the hours following the tragedy. Like Selena, stars like Debbie Gibson and Cher also posted messages on social media.
My thoughts and prayers are with the people of Manchester, any one affected, @ArianaGrande and the entire crew. Heartbreaking
— P!nk (@Pink) May 23, 2017
Selena Gomez’s post comes after Grande posted her own message apologizing for the tragedy. There have been some reports that say the “Dangerous Woman” singer blames herself for the tragedy.
“From the bottom of my heart, I am so so sorry,” the singer wrote to her fans.
from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don't have words.
— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) May 23, 2017
According to TMZ, the distraught singer’s concert tour has been indefinitely suspended due to safety concerns and her inconsolable state. Ariana was described as being in “hysterics” after the tragedy, which occurred just minutes after she ended her show. She was originally scheduled to play a show at the O2 Arena in London but has now decided to put her entire European tour on hold for now. Scheduled dates in England, Belgium, Poland, Germany, and Switzerland will be postponed or canceled.
— ☪︎ℳ℁ℋ♡ (@mashcosmos) May 23, 2017
Sadly, Selena Gomez and all of the other pop stars know that it could have been one of their concerts where a tragedy like this occurred. Like Grande, Gomez parlayed a children’s TV show (Disney Channel’s The Wizards of Waverly Place) into a successful pop music career. Ariana Grande started her career on the Nickelodeon tween show, Victorious, and then went on to headline the spinoff, Sam and Kat, so Gomez has a similar fan base to the pop singer.
While the rival superstars don’t share the same squad, last year Selena Gomez was reportedly flattered after Ariana stood up for her in an interview. According to Hollywood Life, Grande said that there is much more to Selena Gomez than being Justin Bieber’s ex, and Selena was reportedly “very flattered” by the comment, saying she appreciated her fellow superstar’s support.
And like Ariana, Selena Gomez knows all too well about tragedy at a concert venue. Less than one year ago, Selena’s close friend and protégé, Christina Grimmie, was shot and killed while singing autographs for fans after a show in Orlando, Florida. Grimmie had toured with Gomez several times in the past and was a close family friend. The slain singer was managed by Selena’s stepfather, Brian Teefey.
Grimmie’s attack came from an obsessed fan and was not considered a terrorist attack, but both tragedies underscore the fact that concert security needs to be beefed up in a major way.
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