Ariana Grande has announced she will return to Manchester to perform a benefit concert.
It was only last week concert-goers at her Dangerous Woman concert at Manchester arena were ambushed by a suicide bomber just as they were leaving the arena. The terrorist attack, which ISIS has claimed responsibility for, left 22 people dead and dozens injured. It was the worst terrorist attack to hit the United Kingdom since the 2005 Underground attacks.
A distraught Ariana returned to her home in Florida following the attack, with sources telling various media outlets the singer was obviously traumatized by the events and her management decided to cancel upcoming shows.
However, Ariana took to social media to reveal she will return “to the incredibly brave city of Manchester to spend time with my fans and have a benefit concert in honor of and to raise money for the victims and their families.”
— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) May 26, 2017
In an emotional letter posted to Twitter, Ariana wrote in part:
“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 can possibly give you and yours, should you want or need my help in any way…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.”
Ariana continued, “We will not quit or operate in fear. We won’t let this divide us. We won’t let hate win.”
Ariana told fans in her letter she will have more information soon on the benefit concert, adding, “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.”