Ariana Grande Releases Statement on Manchester Attack
May 26, 2017
Ariana Grande has written a lengthy letter in response to the attack at her concert in Manchester this week that killed 22 people and injured 59 others. In the statement, Grande praises her fans for their "compassion, kindness, love, strength and oneness" following the incident, saying it "is the exact opposite of the heinous intentions it must take to pull off something as evil as what happened Monday."

She also wrote, "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."

Grande promised a return to Manchester in the future for a benefit concert, writing, "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."

She concludes, "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."

In a follow-up tweet, she linked to a crowdfunding site raising money in partnership with the British Red Cross to support the families of the attack, which can be found here:
https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/westandtogethermanchester.

You can read Grande's full post via Twitter below:



 
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