Ariana Grande Has Paid Heartfelt Tribute To The Manchester Bombing Victims, One Year On
The pop singer says she is thinking of the victims every day.
Ariana Grande has paid tribute to the victims of the Manchester Arena bombing on the one year anniversary of the terrorist attack at her concert.
In a heartfelt tweet, Ariana sent love to the victims of the attack:
thinking of you all today and every day ? I love you with all of me and am sending you all of the light and warmth I have to offer on this challenging day
— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) May 22, 2018
On this day in 2017, a terrorist detonated a bomb in the foyer of the arena as fans were leaving the concert, killing 22 people and injuring over 500 others.
In an interview with Time magazine last week, Ariana spoke about her fans and her emotions after the attack.
“The last thing I would ever want is for my fans to see something like that happen and think it won,” she said.
@arianagrande is happy, and it’s important to her that people know that. At 24, Grande is one of the biggest pop stars in the world, and she’s coming out with new music two years after her last album, the blockbuster Dangerous Woman. Her latest single is called “No Tears Left to Cry,” a triumphant, ’90s-house-inflected pop confection, part breathy vocals and part spunky, spoken-word playfulness. She chose it carefully: “The intro is slow, and then it picks up,” she says. “And it’s about picking things up.” Grande made a song about resilience because she has had to be resilient, in ways that are difficult to imagine, after a terrorist detonated a bomb outside her May 22, 2017, concert in Manchester, England, killing 22 people and leaving more than 500 injured. What happened is part of the song, but the song is not about what happened. Instead of being elegiac, it’s joyful and lush, and Grande is proud of it, and of herself. “When I started to take care of myself more, then came balance, and freedom, and joy,” she says. “It poured out into the music.” In the video for the song, she’s upside-down, the way life used to feel. “We’ve messed with the idea of not being able to find the ground again,” she says, “because I feel like I’m finally landing back on my feet now.” #ArianaGrande is one of three International covers showcasing the Next Generation Leaders. Read more about the rising activists, artists and athletes who are reshaping music, sports, fashion, politics and more on TIME.com. Photograph by @jimmymarble for TIME
“I wish there was more that I could fix,” Grande continued. “You think with time it’ll become easier to talk about. Or you’ll make peace with it. But every day I wait for that peace to come and it’s still very painful.”
Two weeks after the attack, the singer held a tribute concert to benefit the families affected, which included big names such as Justin Bieber, Coldplay, Miley Cyrus and Liam Gallagher.
The benefit concert raised over €2.7 million and Ariana was named an honorary citizen of Manchester.
She has since released a new single, No Tears Left To Cry – the video pays tribute to the victims of the attack with the image of a bee, the symbol of Manchester. Her tweet comes ahead of a service of remembrance today which will include a national silence at 2:30pm.
Prince William and British Prime Minister Theresa May will be joined by the families of the 22 victims and some of the survivors at the service in Manchester Cathedral.
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