Friday 21 July 2017

Ariana Grande an 'amazing woman', says mother of Manchester attack victim Olivia

Pop star Grande changed her set list the day before the concert after meeting Olivia’s mother.

By Sherna Noah

The mother of Olivia Campbell-Hardy – the 15-year-old killed in the Manchester terror attack – has thanked Ariana Grande for the Manchester gig, saying that her daughter would have been “smiling” at her tribute.

Pop star Grande changed her set list the day before the concert after meeting Olivia’s mother, who told the singer her daughter would have wanted to hear her hits.

Charlotte Campbell told Good Morning Britain: “She didn’t feel it appropriate to play the big ones that everybody wanted to do dance to. We said ‘No, you play your hits. You sing your heart out. You make everyone get up and dance and smile and sing along with you’.

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“We’d just like to thank her and everyone else for what they did last night.”

She said of Grande: “Thank you for singing your hits and you’re an amazing, amazing young woman and keep doing what you do best.”

The late teenager’s stepfather, Paul Hodgson, added: “That’s not just from us. It’s from everybody in Manchester. Every single person who was there last night and every single person who was watching the telly.”

Good Morning Britain co-presenter Piers Morgan asked: “What would Olivia have thought looking down on last night, to hear her idol talking about her?”

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Her mother said: “She’d have been buzzing her head off, she’d have been smiling and jumping around.

“If I hadn’t been there and she had, she’d have come home and told me all about it and that would have been her world made.

“Olivia was probably the cheekiest and gobbiest 15-year-old you’d ever met, but also the kindest and caring 15-year-old. If you met her, you wouldn’t forget her. She was just amazing, full of life.”

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She said of Saturday night’s London terror attack: “It was the same sort of emotions the night it happened in Manchester. My heart went out to everybody in London. I’m still thinking about those people now.

“I hope they can find the strength to get back from this as we’re finding the strength to get back from it as well.”

Olivia was among the victims of the blast that killed 22 people at Grande’s concert on May 22.

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