Ariana Grande Defends Fiance Pete Davidson Over Wisecrack About Manchester Bombing
The joke Davidson told during a stand-up routine months ago has resurfaced amid news of their recent engagement.
Ariana Grande is coming to the defense of her fiancé, comedian Pete Davidson, for a joke he once made about the terrorist attack at her concert in Manchester, England, last year.
During a skit for a charity event last October, the "Saturday Night Live" performer spoke about Ariana’s fame, and quipped, "Britney Spears didn’t have a terrorist attack at her concert."
Nine months later, Grande’s fans are now responding.
"I don’t know why she is still with peter," one fan wrote.
"It’s not funny, it’s just rude," said another.
A British mother who lost her teen daughter in the bombing was also among those weighing in, calling the joke "disgusting."
The "No Tears Left to Cry" singer has now taken to social media to respond to the controversy.
"This has been [very] tough and conflicting on my heart,” she wrote on Twitter. “We all deal with trauma differently. I, of course, didn’t find it funny."
Grande took some time off from touring to deal with post-traumatic stress disorder following the Manchester Arena bombing in May 2017, where 22 people were killed and hundreds more were injured by a suicide bomber.
Davidson, too, knows first-hand the devastating impact of terrorism. His father, a New York City firefighter, lost his life on 9/11.
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