Wednesday 19 September 2018

Ariana Grande: I felt ‘upside down’ after Manchester bombing

The singer talked to Elle about coping after the attack in May 2017.

Ariana Grande (PA)
Ariana Grande (PA)

By Julia Hunt, Press Association Entertainment Correspondent

Ariana Grande has told how she suffered “wild dizzy spells” and felt “upside down” for months in the wake of the Manchester Arena bombing.

The pop star had just finished performing on stage in Manchester on May 22 2017 when a suicide bomber detonated an explosive device, killing 22 people.

She told Elle magazine: “When I got home from tour, I had really wild dizzy spells, this feeling like I couldn’t breathe.

“I would be in a good mood, fine and happy, and they would hit me out of nowhere.

“I’ve always had anxiety, but it had never been physical before.

“There were a couple of months straight where I felt so upside down.”

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It’s been almost a year since @ArianaGrande fled a UK terrorist attack that claimed 22 lives, injuring 500 more, at the sold-out Manchester show of Ariana’s Dangerous Woman tour. “When I got home from tour, I had really wild dizzy spells, this feeling like I couldn’t breathe,” she tells ELLE during her cover interview. “I would be in a good mood, fine and happy, and they would hit me out of nowhere. I’ve always had anxiety, but it had never been physical before. There were a couple of months straight where I felt so upside down.” She shared the experience with her friend Pharrell Williams. Together they created “Get Well Soon,” the final track on #Sweetener. Link in bio for our full conversation with #ArianaGrande and her mom, @joangrande, on life after the Manchester attack, "loving a bit more fearlessly," and the importance of being an ally. . . ELLE August 2018 credits: editor-in-chief: @ninagarcia creative director: #stephengan photographer: @alexilubomirski stylist: @natasharoyt hair: @thejoshliu makeup: @patrickta

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Grande, 25, returned to Manchester for the One Love benefit concert.

Discussing performing after the attack, she said: “Why would I second guess getting on a f****** stage and being there for them?

“That city, and their response? That changed my life.”

The singer recently revealed a tattoo tribute to the victims of the bombing.

She shared a picture of a bee inked behind her left ear, alongside the caption “forever”, which was accompanied by a cloud emoji.

The worker bee is an emblem for Manchester, symbolising the city’s industrial past.

Grande is on the cover of US Elle magazine’s August issue.

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