Ariana Grande Addresses Manchester Attack in Long Heartfelt Letter

Since the tragic attack at Ariana Grande’s concert on Monday, May 22nd, 2017 in Manchester, England, many celebrities took to social media to share their condolences. Just 4 days later, Grande releases lengthy heartfelt statement on Twitter addressing fans and the families of the victims.

Scroll below to read the full letter from the “One Last Time” singer.

My heart, prayers and deepest condolences are with the victims of the Manchester Attack and
their loved ones.
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 my help in any way.
The only thing we can do now is choose how we let this affect us and how we live our lives from
here on out.
I have been thinking of my fans, and of you all, non stop over the past week. The way you have
handled all of this has been more inspiring and made me more proud than you’ll ever know.
The compassion, kindness, love, strength and oneness that you’ve shown one another this past
week is the exact opposite of the heinous intentions it must take to pull off something as evil as
what happened Monday.
YOU are the opposite.
I am sorry for the pain and fear that you must be feeling and for the trauma that you, too, must
be experiencing.
We will never be able to understand why events like this take place because it is not in our nature,
which is why we shouldn’t recoil.
We will not quit or operate in fear.
We won’t let this divide us.
We won’t let hate win.
I don’t want to go the rest of the year without being able to see and hold and uplift my fans, the
same way they continue to uplift me.
Our response to this violence must be to come closer together, to help each other, to love more, to
sing louder and to live more kindly and generously than we did before.
I’ll be returning to the incredibly brave city of Manchester to spend time with my fans and to
have a benefit concert in honor of and to raise money for the victims and their families. I want to
thank my fellow musicians and friends for reaching out to be a part of our expression of love for
Manchester. I will have details to share with you as soon as everything is confirmed.
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 to be themselves. To meet their friends they’ve made online. To
express themselves.
This will not change that.
When you look into the audience at my shows, you see a beautiful, diverse, pure, happy crowd.
Thousands of people, incredibly different, all there for the same reason, music.
Music is something that everyone on Earth can share.
Music is meant to heal us, to bring us together, to make us happy.
So that is what it will continue to do for us.
We will continue in honor of the ones we lost, their loved ones, my fans and all affected by this
tragedy.
They will be on my mind and in my heart everyday and I will think of them with everything I do
for the rest of my life.

Ari

If you wish to help the families of those affected by this tragedy, please donate to JustGiving’s crowdfunding campaign or click the link below to donate to the British Red Cross.