Ariana Grande has broken her silence with about the tragic terror attack at her concert in Manchester England that killed 22 of her fans. In a statement posted to her instagram, the singer vows to return to Manchester for a benefit show.
“My heart, prayers, and deepest condolences are with the victims of the Manchester Attack and their loved ones,” her note begins. “There is nothing I or anyone can do to take away the pain you are feeling or to make this better. However, I extend my hand and heart and everything I possibly can give to you and yours, should you want or need help in any way… We will not quit or operate in fear. We won’t let this divide us. We won’t let hate win.”
Grande plans to spend time with her fans, and perform a benefit concert to raise money for the victims and their families.
“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.”
“Music is meant to heal us, to bring us together, to make us happy.”
She signs off with a vow never to forget the incident: “[The victims] will be on my mind and in my heart every day, and I will think of them with everything I do for the rest of my life.”
Click here to read the complete statement.