Ariana Grande is back in the UK and visited some victims in the hospital who are still healing after the tragic Manchester bombing at her concert, reports revealed.
On Friday, Ariana returned to the UK in preparation for her upcoming “One Love” benefit concert scheduled on Sunday, June 4. The pop star arrived with her parents and boyfriend, Mac Miller.
Later that day, Grande took the time off her busy schedule and surprised her young fans who are still recovering at the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital.
The “Side to Side” singer was reportedly keen on spending quality time with the victims. During her visit, Ariana thoughtfully showed her love and gratitude to her fans as she hugged and chatted with them.
Grande also brought the victims some presents, including teddy bears from Harrods, flowers, and merchandise. The songstress also signed autographs and posed for photos with her young fans.
One of the victims Ariana met during her hospital visit was Lily, the 8-year-old daughter of Adam Harrison and Lauren Thorpe who were all injured during the Manchester attack.
The couple shared photos of Lily hanging out with Ariana at the hospital. In one of the photos, the young fan and the singer can be seen hugging each other. Thorpe expressed her heartfelt gratitude to the singer for taking the time to visit her daughter and the rest of the victims.
“All we can do is thank Ariana. What Ariana Grande did tonight was so selfless and amazing … Lily looked on cloud nine.”
Harrison also shared to People how Ariana reacted to the unofficial merchandise that they were wearing during the singer’s visit.
“We bought official merchandise at the concert but was ruined (ripped/blood) so [we] had to throw it away,” Harrison revealed. “But an unofficial shirt seller outside the venue donated the t-shirts he didn’t sell to the kids in the hospital. I apologized to Ariana that we had unofficial merchandise on, and explained the story. She laughed at and told us not to worry at all!”
Grande also met with another young fan, Jaden Mann. The two were photographed sharing a sweet and thoughtful moment, something that the victim’s parents were grateful about.
Jaden’s mother, Sharon, recalled the heartwarming scenario in an interview with the Manchester Evening News.
“Jaden was just sat there watching TV and she walked in,” the delighted mother said. “She was absolutely amazed! It was a complete surprise. She has a big smile anyway but it got even bigger, Ariana gave her a hug and a kiss, she was in awe. It was absolutely fantastic to see, she was so happy.”
Sources revealed that the “Bang Bang” singer was looking forward to visiting her fans who were injured at her Manchester concert. Apparently, Ariana insisted on seeing them ahead of her benefit concert despite being traumatized by the terrorist attack.
“Ariana’s being very strong. She is really looking forward to seeing her fans and spending time with them this weekend. Things are still hard for her, but she’s continuing to lean on her family and friends.”
Grande will headline her “One Love” benefit concert, which aims to raise millions to assist those who were injured and bereaved during the terror attack. The event will feature the biggest names in the music industry, including Coldplay, Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, One Direction star Niall Horan, Take That, Usher and more.
The venue, which has a capacity of 50,000 people, is expected to be jam-packed as tickets for the concert were immediately sold out in just six minutes. According to reports, Ticketmaster continues to get requests for tickets and is struggling to cope with the demand.
Ariana Grande’s benefit concert will air live on Freeform at 2 p.m. ET on Sunday while ABC will air a “one-hour special” following the NBA Finals.
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