Ariana Grande’s security has reportedly seen a huge upgrade in the wake of the horrific Manchester bombing that left 23 people dead and 59 others injured following her May 22 concert at Manchester Arena.
According to reports, authorities fear that Grande and her family could be targets for extremists and have allegedly seriously upgraded security outside of Ariana’s mom’s home in Baton Rouge, Florida, where it’s thought the singer has been staying after flying back to the U.S. on May 23.
TMZ is reporting that Ariana’s family home has so much security that it’s allegedly being “guarded by enough security to protect a head of state” in the wake of the attack.
Although Ariana’s mom, Joan Grande, reportedly lives in a gated community in the Florida neighborhood, the outlet claimed that security vehicles have been spotted outside the home over the past few days. There is also private security patrolling the property and two police cars positioned on the street.
The site claimed to have spoken to law enforcement officers about the beefed up security watching over Ariana and her family right now. A source noted that the decision to have extra security surrounding the pop star and her family wasn’t actually made by the Grande family.
Ariana’s mom always has extra security around her property when Grande returns home to protect her from overzealous fans, but the decision to increase the number of people watching over the home in the wake of the bombing was reportedly made by Florida police.
As stated by TMZ, “they’re calling that shot on their own” amid fears Grande and her family members could be targets for another attack after Daily Mail published photos of singer and her mom getting off a private jet in Boca Raton one day after the attack.
It was noted last week that it’s thought to be no coincidence that Ariana Grande’s concert was targeted by a suicide bomber who detonated a nail bomb in the foyer on Manchester Arena one week ago, killing children, teenagers, and adults in the processes.
The Telegraph claimed the attack after Ariana’s concert was “no accident” and is thought to have been chosen by the suicide bomber because of her young fan base as well as her often somewhat provocative stage outfits and song lyrics.
“[Ariana] represents the kind of girl power extremists hate,” the outlet said.
Justin Bieber — who shares manager Scooter Braun with Grande and also has a similar fan base — is also alleged to have upped his security ahead of his concerts in the U.K. next month.
Grande’s family has not spoken out about beefing up security to keep themselves and Ariana safe. However, it’s thought security will remain tight when the “One Last Time” singer returns to the U.K. to perform a benefit concert to raise money for the victims of the attack and their families in the coming weeks.
Ariana issued a lengthy statement on May 26 about the horrific act of terror in which she condemned the attack and vowed to return to Manchester to spend time with her fans and help in any way she can.
Posting a heartfelt message across her social media pages, Grande bravely told fans, “We won’t let hate win” before confirming her return to the city.
“I’ll be returning to the incredibly brave city of Manchester to spend time with my fans and to have a benefit concert in honor of and to raise money for the victims and their families,” Ariana continued.
Grande then signed off her sincere message that those who lost their lives “will be on my mind and in my heart every day.”
“I will think of them with everything I do for the rest of my life,” Grande said.
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