Ariana Grande wants to help her fans heal after the horrific terrorist attack at her concert … and she’s going back to Manchester to start the process.
Ariana Grande is speaking out about the bombing, saying, “I’ll be returning to the incredibly brave city of Manchester to spend time with my fans and to have a benefit concert in honor of and to raise money for the victims and their families.”
She postponed her world tour and went home to Florida in tears following the atrocity but has now confirmed she will go back to the city for a benefit concert to support the families of the victims.
She boldly declared she would not allow the attack to change the purpose of her tour — to provide “a safe space for my fans.”
The 23-year-old wrote: ‘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 possibly can give to you and yours, should you want or need my help in any way.
‘The only thing we can do now is choose how we let this affect us and how we live our lives from here on out.’
She added: ‘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.
‘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 Monday.
‘You are the opposite.
— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) May 26, 2017
The former child actress then confirmed she would be staging a benefit gig in the city, while she also shared a link to the Manchester Evening News JustGiving page to encourage fans to donate.
She said: ‘I’ll be returning to the incredibly brave city of Manchester to spend some time with my fans and to have a benefit concert in honor of and to raise money for the victims and their families.
‘I want to thank my fellow musicians and friends for reaching out to be part of our expression of love for Manchester. I will have details to share with you as soon as a everything is confirmed.
‘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 place for my fans.
‘A place for them to escape, to celebrate, to heal, to feel safe and to be themselves. To meet their friends they’ve made online. To express themselves. This will not change that.’
She ended her note by praising the diversity of her fans and vowing to ‘honour those we have lost’.
She said: ‘When you look into the audience at my shows, you see a beautiful, diverse, pure, happy crowd.
‘Thousands of people, incredibly different, all there for the same reason, music.
‘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.
‘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.
She did not announce a date for the concert.
Ariana Grande suspended her Dangerous Woman world tour and canceled several European shows after the bombing. The tour will restart June 7 in Paris.