Ariana Grande is suspending the rest of her 2017 world tour following the tragic events on May 22 in Manchester, England.
News of a bombing outside Manchester Arena at Grande’s concert shocked the world, with 23 people being killed and many more injured. In the wake of this enormous tragedy, Grande and her management team have decided to cancel the remaining “Dangerous Woman” tour dates, as they explained in an official statement Wednesday to E! News.
“Due to the tragic events in Manchester the Dangerous Woman tour with Ariana Grande has been suspended until we can further assess the situation and pay our proper respects to those lost,” the statement reads. “The London O2 shows this week have been canceled as well as all shows though June 5 in Switzerland.”
Grande has tour dates scheduled for England, France, Switzerland, Belgium, Germany, Ireland, Portugal, Spain, Norway, the Netherlands, and more. It’s not clear at this time if Grande will tour again after the canceled June 5 show in Switzerland, as she has many more dates scheduled through the end of September.
The following are listed as the forthcoming Dangerous Woman tour dates that have been canceled.
May 25 – The O2 Arena in London
May 26 – The O2 Arena in London
May 28 – Sportpaleis in Antwerp, Belgium
May 31 – Atlas Arena in Lódź, Poland
June 1 – Atlas Arena in Lódź, Poland
June 3 – Festhalle in Frankfurt, Germany
June 5 – Hallenstadion in Zürich, Switzerland
“We ask at this time that we all continue to support the city of Manchester and all those families affected by this cowardice and senseless act of violence,” Grande’s management team added in their statement. “Our way of life has once again been threatened but we will overcome this together. Thank you.”
Grande herself has not released any other statement outside of a tweet posted late Monday night.
from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don't have words.
— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) May 23, 2017
Her team also released a longer statement the night of the Manchester tragedy.
“Tonight, our hearts are broken. Words cannot express our sorrow for the victims and families harmed in this senseless attack.
We mourn the lives of children and loved ones taken by this cowardly act. We are thankful for the selfless service tonight of Manchester’s first responders who rushed towards danger to help save lives. We ask all of you to hold the victims, their families, and all those affected in your hearts and prayers.”
Grande has now returned home to Florida, to be with her loved ones, including boyfriend Mac Miller, a source told E! News recently.
When Ariana got off the plane, Mac greeted her on the tarmac with a long hug followed by a kiss. Mac also gave Ariana’s mom a hug. It was a very emotional reunion and they stood talking for a minute before getting into the car. Ariana looked exhausted and like she didn’t get much sleep. She seemed like she just wanted to get home and be with her loved ones.”
The perpetrator of the bombing was British resident Salman Ramadan Abedi, who set off an IED (improvised explosive device) just after the concert ended and attendees were leaving the arena. The incident was discovered to be a suicide bombing. Terrorist organization ISIS has since claimed responsibility for the attack, stating that “one of the soldiers of the caliphate placed explosive devices in a gathering of crusaders in the middle of the British city of Manchester,” because of England’s “transgressions against the lands of the Muslims.”
Several children have been named as victims of the Manchester bombing, including 14-year-old Sorrell Leczkowski, 18-year-old Georgina Callandar, and 14-year-old Nell Jones. Multiple victims had arrived at the arena to pick up their children when the bomb went off.
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