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Ariana Grande pens touching open letter to Manchester attack victims

The singer announced plans host a benefit event for the victims of the attack at her concert


Katie Serena
May 26, 2017 7:58PM (UTC)

In the wake of the Monday night terrorist attack on Ariana Grande's concert in Manchester, England — a bombing that killed 22 and injured dozens more — the singer has released a heartfelt statement along with the promise of a forthcoming concert whose proceeds with benefit victims and their families.

In statement shared on her Twitter page, Grande expressed her condolences and announced that she will be returning to the "incredibly brave" Manchester to spend time with those affected and raise money for their recoveries.

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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 will 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 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 stared putting the Dangerous Woman Tour together, I said that this show, more than anything else, was intended to be asafe space for my fans. A place for them to excape, 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.

The date of the concert has not yet been announced, but the remainder of Grande's Dangerous Woman Tour has been suspended.


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