Wednesday 16 August 2017

'Broken... I am so, so sorry' - pop star Ariana Grande

Ariana Grande
Ariana Grande
File photo taken on August 28, 2016 shows US singer Ariana Grande performing during the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards at Madison Square Garden in New York. AFP PHOTO / Jewel SAMADJEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images

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US star Ariana Grande has said she is "broken" following a suspected terrorist attack at her Manchester Arena concert left 22 dead.

Dozens of others were injured in the explosion moments after the singer left the stage on Monday evening.

Tweeting in the early hours of Tuesday, the 23-year-old said: "broken. from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don't have words."

Meanwhile Grande's management team, Scooter Braun Projects, said they had been left heartbroken by the incident and praised the actions of Manchester's emergency services.

They said in a statement: "Words cannot express our sorrow for the victims and families harmed in this senseless attack.

"We mourn the lives of children and loved ones taken by this cowardly act.

Police stand by a cordoned off street close to the Manchester Arena. Photo: Dave Thompson/Getty Images
Police stand by a cordoned off street close to the Manchester Arena. Photo: Dave Thompson/Getty Images
Police corden off an area close to the Box Office entrance to the Manchester Arena. Photo by Dave Thompson/Getty Images
A police officer stands outside the Manchester Arena. Photo: Reuters
A police officer talks to locals outside the Manchester Arena. Photo: Reuters
Armed police officers stand outside the Manchester Arena. Photo: Reuters
Police and fans close to the Manchester Arena. Photo: Dave Thompson/Getty Images
Two women wrapped in thermal blankets stand near the Manchester Arena. Photo: Reuters
Emergency services at Manchester Arena after reports of an explosion at the venue during an Ariana Grande gig. Photo: Peter Byrne/PA Wire
Armed police at Manchester Arena after reports of an explosion at the venue during an Ariana Grande gig. Photo: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

"We are thankful for the selfless service tonight of Manchester's first responders who rushed toward 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."

An injured woman is helped out of the Manchester Arena after last night’s blast at a gig by Ariana Grande, which left 19 dead
Police escort members of the public from the Manchester Arena on May 23, 2017 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
Police stand by a cordoned off street close to the Manchester Arena. Photo: Dave Thompson/Getty Images
Two women wrapped in thermal blankets stand near the Manchester Arena. Photo: Reuters
Concert goers react after fleeing the Manchester Arena after the explosion.
Concert goers wait to be picked up at the scene of a suspected terrorist attack during a pop concert by US star Ariana Grande in Manchester
A tweet from U.S. singer Ariana Grande is seen as she makes her first comment since a bombing at her concert in Manchester
Armed police man roadblocks outside the arena after reports of an explosion at the venue during an Ariana Grande gig. Photo: PA
A police officer escorts people near the Manchester Arena
Police escort members of the public from the Manchester Arena on May 23, 2017 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
People running down stairs as they attempt to exit the Manchester Arena after a blast
Police corden off an area close to the Box Office entrance to the Manchester Arena. Photo by Dave Thompson/Getty Images
Emergency services at the scene. Photo: PA
A police officer talks to locals outside the Manchester Arena. Photo: Reuters
Armed police officers stand outside the Manchester Arena. Photo: Reuters
An armoured police Land Rover drives away from the Manchester Arena on May 23, 2017 in Manchester, England (Photo by Dave Thompson/Getty Images)
People sit by the side of the road next to a police cordon outside the Manchester Arena. Photo: Reuters
Still image taken from video shows a street scene near Manchester Arena after the blast
Armed police block a road near to the Manchester Arena

Meanwhile, musicians, actors and other entertainers used social media to offer their sympathies to those affected.

James Corden has paid an emotional tribute to Manchester as the news broke on Monday night.

Corden, presenting The Late Late Show, said: "It shocks me every time we hear this sort of news that attacks like this can happen, but especially when there will be so many children at this concert tonight.

"And I'm telling you, a more tight-knit group of people you will be hard pressed to find. Strong, proud, caring people with community at its core.

"And if it was even possible, the spirit of the people of Manchester will grow even stronger this evening.

"My thoughts and prayers are with the everyone in Manchester tonight."

He said viewers in the US would have heard of the city for "many wonderful things", including its two leading football teams and bands such as Oasis and Joy Division.

"It was the birthplace of the leader of the suffragettes. It's the home of the inventor of the first computer. It's a place full of comedy and curries and character," he added.

Many stars chose to pay their respects on social media.

Harry Styles said: "I'm heartbroken over what happened in Manchester tonight. Sending love to everyone involved."

Katy Perry tweeted: "Praying for everyone at @ArianaGrande's show."

Comedian Matt Lucas said his thoughts were with everyone affected by the "terrible attack".

Cher wrote: "My prayers go out to ppl of Manchester ... had special times there from youth and beyond."

KT Tunstall said she had just finished performing in London when she heard the "gut-wrenching" news, and added: "So very sorry for the families who have lost loved ones."

Nicki Minaj wrote: "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."

Vernon Kay said: "Our thoughts are with all those families affected in Manchester ... Couldn't possibly imagine what's going on in the city I love."

Actor and former wrestler Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson offered his prayers to those affected.

Demi Lovato wrote: "Tearing up imagining innocent concert goers losing their lives. Praying for everyone and all."

The band Nickelback said: "Manchester you are in our hearts, thoughts and prayers. Sending all love and light to those affected. Stay strong."

Singer Halsey tweeted: "Hearing mixed things but hoping deeply the blast was an accident and not intentional. Music is a safe place."

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