Ariana Grande Will Return to Manchester for Benefit Concert: 'Music is Meant to Heal'
The performance will honor and raise money for the victims and their families, Grande said in a letter to her fans.
Ariana Grande has vowed to return to Manchester for a benefit concert after a terror attack following her show earlier this week.
The performance will honor and raise money for the victims and their families, she said in a letter to her fans.
“There is nothing I or anyone can do to take away the pain you are feeling or to make this better,” she said in the heartfelt statement posted on Twitter Friday. “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.”
A suicide bomber detonated an improvised device near one of Manchester Arena’s exits following Grande’s sold-out show Monday night, killing 22 and leaving more than 60 injured.
The concert was packed with young children and teens, all of whom flocked to the stadium with their families to see their favorite pop star perform.
Since then, Grande’s fans—known as “Arianators”—have come together to form a support system and fundraise for those affected by the terror attack.
“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 on Monday,” Grande said in her letter.
Grande will return to Manchester to spend time with her fans and to put on the benefit concert, she said.
“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,” she continued. “A place for them to escape, to celebrate, to heal, to feel safe and to be themselves … this will not change that.
“When you look into the audience at my shows, you see a beautiful, diverse, pure, happy crowd … 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.”
Grande said she will announce details of the show as soon as they are confirmed.
“We will continue to honor the ones we lost, their loved ones, my fans and all affected by this tragedy,” Grande said. “They 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.”
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