Ariana Grande has announced that she is planning to return to Manchester in the near future in spite of the horrific terrorist bombing that rocked her performance in the city earlier this week. That attack cost 22 people their lives and left the “Dangerous Woman” singer “broken,” according to a tweet she wrote in the aftermath of the bombing. ISIS has since claimed responsibility for the devastating attack, which appeared to target the young women that make up Ariana Grande’s fan base.
Since the shocking and horrific Manchester bombing, Grande remained silent other than to announce on Twitter that she was “broken” and “so sorry” for what happened to her adoring fans moments after she stepped off stage on May 22.
“broken. from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don’t have words.”
Photos of the singer disembarking from her plane when returning home to the U.S. circulated on both social and mainstream media following the Manchester attack, but aside from dodging cameras, Ariana Grande has allowed the media to focus their attention on the victims of the bombing, eschewing the spotlight. Widespread rumors from a “dubious” source have indicated that the singer vowed to pay for the funerals of the Manchester bombing victims, but as Snopes reports, that offer has not been confirmed.
— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) May 26, 2017
On Friday, however, Ariana Grande broke her silence to announce a plan to help the victims of the Manchester attack by way of a benefit concert. While she didn’t directly offer to pay for the funerals of the terror attack’s victims directly, as CNN reports, Grande did promise to return to Manchester to put on a benefit show, which she says is intended to “raise money for the victims and their families.”
While the details haven’t been fully fleshed out, Grande promised her fans that she would keep them in the loop as details are worked through and things become more concrete. In a separate Twitter post, she also encouraged fans to donate to the Red Cross.
— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) May 26, 2017
“I want to thank my fellow musicians and friends for reaching out to be part of our expression of love for Manchester. I will have details to share with you as soon as everything is confirmed.”
Immediately after the Monday attack, Ariana Grande suspended the remainder of her “Dangerous Woman Tour.” However, according to her social media announcement, Grande has no intention of letting the terrorists behind the Manchester attack win or reach their goal of making people fearful of living, of enjoying and even celebrating their lives and freedom they are privileged to have.
“We will not quit or operate in fear. We won’t let this divide us. We won’t let hate win.”
— Andy Pelipiak (@apelipiak) May 26, 2017
@AP she's a beautiful soul and a beautiful human, inside and out
— tom (@laurjauregui) May 26, 2017
@NBCNews Well done Ariana. It is just what the beautiful city of Manchester needs right now.
— Sunny Rae (@Sunnygurl555) May 26, 2017
— Just Sigh ツ (@MightySigh) May 26, 2017
In the aftermath of the Manchester attack, Grande’s fans (referred to as “Arianators”) used social media to show their love and support for the deceased, the over 60 injured, one another and the world. In her Twitter announcement, Ariana Grande praised her supporters for responding to hate with love, rather than more hate.
“The compassion, kindness, love, strength and oneness that you’ve shown one another this past week is the exact opposite of the heinous intentions it must take to pull off something as evil as what happened Monday.”
— Yahoo News (@YahooNews) May 26, 2017
Grande went on to encourage people impacted by the senseless violence of the Manchester bombing to continue to respond with as much positive energy as possible and not to “operate in fear.”
“Our response to this violence must be to come closer together, to help each other, to love more, to sing louder and to live more kindly and generously than we did before.”
— Manchester News MEN (@MENnewsdesk) May 26, 2017
According to Ariana Grande, the horrors of Monday night will remain with her for the rest of her life, in her mind, heart, and actions.
In her lengthy and seemingly heartfelt social media statement and Manchester benefit concert announcement, Ariana Grande did not mention when her “Dangerous Woman Tour” might resume, or which other performers/celebrities may join her at her upcoming benefit show.
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