Ariana Grande issues statement about Manchester Arena tragedy
"Words cannot express our sorrow for the victims and families harmed in this senseless attack," she said
[Updated 24 May 2017] Ariana Grande and her team have issued an official statement about the tragedy that happened at Manchester Arena, U.K, yesterday. It follows her heartfelt tweet that she shared yesterday.
broken.— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) May 23, 2017
from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don't have words.
"Tonight, our hearts are broken. Words cannot express our sorrow for the victims and families harmed in this senseless attack," the statement read. "We mourn the lives of children and loved ones taken by this cowardly act. We are thankful for the selfless service tonight of Manchester's first responders who rushed towards danger to help save lives. We ask all of you to hold the victims, their families and all those affected in your hearts and prayers."
As of now, Ariana's Dangerous Woman tour has been put on hold. Her next show venue, the O2 Arena in London has said that her shows may or may not be cancelled.
"Along with everyone else, we are shocked and saddened by the terrible tragedy in Manchester. Our thoughts are with all those affected. Ariana is due to perform at The O2 on Thursday and Friday and we will advise as soon as we can as to the status of those shows," read the statement.
Earlier this morning, there was an explosion at Manchester Arena in the UK, where Ariana Grande was performing a concert. After her show ended, concertgoers went on Twitter to report hearing "two loud bangs" and in a video clip posted, the crowd was seen to be exiting the venue in a panic. The explosion had killed 19 people and injured 50 others.
Manchester police said, "This is currently being treated as a terrorist incident until police know otherwise."
Ariana's reps told Entertainment Weekly that she was okay. Meanwhile, netizens and celebrities like Katy Perry and Taylor Swift took to social media to offer comfort and prayers to those involved.
We were at the Ariana Grande concert tonight in Manchester. Just letting you know that we're all safe and sound.— MiC LOWRY (@WeAreMicLowry) May 22, 2017
MY PRAYERS GO OUT TO PPL OF MANCHESTER…HAD SPECIAL TIMES THERE FROM YOUTH & BEYOND— Cher (@cher) May 22, 2017
Praying for everyone at @ArianaGrande's show— KATY PERRY (@katyperry) May 22, 2017
Tearing up imagining innocent concert goers losing their lives.. praying for everyone and all #arianators. 🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼— Demi Lovato (@ddlovato) May 22, 2017
My thoughts, prayers and tears for all those affected by the Manchester tragedy tonight. I'm sending all my love.— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) May 23, 2017
I'm heartbroken over what happened in Manchester tonight.— Harry Styles. (@Harry_Styles) May 23, 2017
Sending love to everyone involved. H
So heartbroken hearing about Manchester. Such a senseless and ruthless act in a place supposed to be filled with such joy and love.— troye sivan (@troyesivan) May 23, 2017
every musician feels sick & responsible tonight—shows should be safe for you. truly a worst nightmare. sending love to manchester & ari— Lorde (@lorde) May 23, 2017
My heart hurts for my sister, Ariana & every family affected by this tragic event in the U.K. Innocent lives lost. I'm so sorry to hear this— NICKI MINAJ (@NICKIMINAJ) May 23, 2017
Sending love to the U.K., @ArianaGrande and all of her supporters who were caught up in this awful attack. Heartbreaking.— John Legend (@johnlegend) May 23, 2017
Our prayers and strengh to the victims and their families involved in this tragedy in Manchester. Stay strong. @ArianaGrande 🙏🏾— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) May 22, 2017