Ariana Grande Pays Respect To The City Of Manchester On Three-Year Bombing Anniversary
During Grande’s concert on May 22, 2017, a suicide bomber killed 22 people and injured more than 500.
On Wednesday, the singer shared her sympathy with all affected by the tragedy on her Instagram story. “i want to take a moment to acknowledge and send my love to everyone that is feeling the sadness and tremendous heaviness of the anniversary coming up this week. not a day goes by that this doesn’t affect u and all of us still. i will be thinking of u all week and weekend. my heart, thoughts, prayers are with u always.”
Grande signed her message with a black heart and a bee emoji. The bee has become a symbol of resilience and hope for the people of Manchester.
After the 2017 attack, Grande suspended her tour but returned to Manchester two weeks later for a benefit concert to help victims of the attack. The concert which raised $13 million for victims of the bombing featured performances from: Pharrell Williams, Miley Cyrus, Justin Bieber, Niall Horan, the Black Eyed Peas, Katy Perry and more.
Grande suffered from anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder following the attack.
“Music is an escape,” she wrote in a statement in November 2017. “Music is the safest thing I’ve ever know. 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. 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.”