"The Absolute Worst Of Humanity": Ariana Grande Opens Up About Manchester Bombing

Lawrence Kim
May 18, 2018

Kevin Mazur/One Love Manchester/Getty Images for One Love ManchesterAriana Grande's reaction to the the terrorist bombing in Manchester, England that killed more than 20 people outside her concert past year was to stage an all-star benefit concert for the victims and their families.

22 people were killed when a suicide bomber detonated a homemade bomb in the lobby of the venue as her gig was ending on May 22nd, 2017 - but thus far, the Florida-born pop star has not spoken about it publicly.

Speaking to TIME Magazine for its Next Generation Leaders edition, Grande explained how the attack had affected both her and her music.

Grande told TIME that processing the incident "is going to take forever".

Grande goes on to point out that the reason why the tragedy weighs so heavy on her heart is because music is supposed to be so safe. "However each day I watch for that peace to return and it is nonetheless very painful". The singer says that she wishes there is more she could fix, noting that it should become easier with time.

Grande and Braun organized One Love Manchester, a star-studded benefit concert that raised more than $12 million for victims and their families.

Grande closed the concert with a tearful performance of Somewhere Over the Rainbow. You suppose with time it will turn out to be simpler to speak about.

He said: "She looked at me like I was insane. I was in therapy more", she said, adding that, while she has dealt with anxiety in the past, "I never opened up about it, because I thought that was how life was supposed to feel". Or you'll make peace with it. I can't put on these outfits.

She also described the attack as "the absolute worst of humanity".

I did my best to react the way I did.

They then cancelled the rest of the tour but she got in touch with him two days later to say: "If I don't do something, these people died in vain". "The last thing I would ever want is for my fans to see something like that happen and think it won", she shared.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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