Ariana Grande’s new YouTube series is no joke. This Thursday, on the fourth episode of Dangerous Woman Diaries, the 25-year-old singer opened up about her horrific Manchester concert bombing, which left 22 people dead and 500 injured on May 22, 2017.
After her cheeky introduction, Grande read a letter she wrote to fans following the terrorist attack.
“I’m writing to you this February 22, 2018,” she began. “It’s been eight months since the attack at our show at the Manchester Arena. It’s impossible to know where to start or to know what to say about this part. May 22, 2017, will leave me speechless and filled with questions for the rest of my life.”
The singer also made a list of things that could help people get through rough patches, explaining that art is what she reaches for after a tragedy.
“Music is an escape. Music is the safest thing I’ve ever known. Music — pop music, stan culture — is something that brings people together, introduces them to some of their best friends, and makes them feel like they can be themselves. It is comfort. It is fun. It is expression. It is happiness. It is the last thing that would ever harm someone. It is safe,” Grande continued.
As RadarOnline.com readers know, Grande took some time to heal after the Manchester attack, but quickly came back for her fans, delighting them with a benefit concert in honor of the victims.
“When something so opposite and so poisonous takes place in your world that is supposed to be everything but that… it is shocking and heartbreaking in a way that seems impossible to fully recover from,” said the star.
The 2017 massacre was a huge wakeup call for Grande — and for people everywhere. Sadly, it was only the beginning, as it was soon followed by the Las Vegas concert shooting, the Borderline killings, and various other senseless hate crimes around the country.
“The spirit of the people of Manchester, the families affected by this horrendous tragedy, and my fans around the world have permanently impacted all of us for the rest of our lives. Their love, strength, and unity showed me, my team, my dancers, band, and entire crew not to be defeated. To continue during the scariest and saddest of times. To not let hate win. But instead, love as loudly as possible, and to appreciate every moment,” she added.
Grande performed in Manchester two weeks after the bombing, looking like her adorable and strong self in a “One Love Manchester,” sweatshirt. She sang “Be Alright,” followed by “Break Free,” and eventually wrote “No Tears Left To Cry,” which was partly based on the incident.
“The people of Manchester were able to change an event that portrayed the worst of humanity into one that portrayed the most beautiful of humanity. ‘Like a handprint on my heart’… I think of Manchester constantly and will carry this with me every day for the rest of my life,” Grande wrote.
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