Since the attack at her concert earlier this week, Ariana Grande has remained relatively quiet. But today, she posted an important statement regarding the Manchester bombing. The terrorist attack claimed the lives of at least 22 people, mostly young fans, and many others were seriously injured. Ariana quickly returned to her home in Florida after announcing she was “broken” and has stayed quiet since. We don’t blame her: this is a traumatic tragedy and we can’t even imagine what she is feeling at this moment.
Today, Ariana posted a powerful message to her social media accounts, offering condolences to her fans and saying, “We will not quit or operate in fear. We won’t let this divide us. We won’t let hate win.” The message then goes on to announce another Manchester show “in honor of and to raise money for the victims and their families.” She added a link to donate to the families of the victims, which you can do here.
Ariana’s strong message is about uniting in times of hate, as opposed to hiding. She says her tour is a place of feeling united against hate: “From the day we started putting the Dangerous Woman tour together, I said that this show, more than anything else, was intended to be a safe space for my fans… A place for them to escape, to celebrate, to heal, to feel safe and be themselves. To meet their friends they’ve made online. To express themselves.” It’s heartbreaking that terrorism tried to ruin this message, but it looks like Ariana is doing something to try and take back some power, which is really important during a time like this.
Since the attack, Ariana has suspended her Dangerous Woman tour until June. She has also been (unfairly) criticized for her response to the attacks, so it’s really nice to see something like this at this moment. We don’t know when the Manchester benefit concert will be held, but Ariana promised to go back soon to spend time with the victims and their families. You can read the statement in full here:
This tragedy is obviously still incredibly upsetting, and no one is suggesting that a concert will fix everything. But when an act of terror like this one happens, it’s essential to show terrorists that they can’t bring everyone down forever – that’s what they want. They don’t want people to unite, to find happiness in some small way even through the suffering. They want to tear people apart, to promote fear, hate, and violence. Not only will this concert help show them they can’t ruin us, it will also help the families of victims, which is so, so important right now.