Saturday 17 March 2018

'I misjudged you' - Piers Morgan eats his words following Ariana Grande's 'magnificent' One Love concert

Ariana Grande embraced a young fan on stage PIC: BBC
Ariana Grande embraced a young fan on stage PIC: BBC
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

Piers Morgan has publicly apologised to Ariana Grande for criticising her for returning to the US following the attack on her fans at the Manchester Arena.

The attack injured at least 59 people and 22 were killed after a suicide bomber detonated a device at the end of her concert at the MEN Arena.

The Good Morning Britain presenter took to Twitter following her tribute One Love concert in Manchester last night to issue his apology in which he described her as an "admirable young woman".

He wrote, "I misjudged you, @arianagrande & I apologise.  You're an admirable young woman & this is a magnificent night.  Respect. #OneLoveManchester" and included an image of Ariana hugging an emotional young fan.

He also praised Justin Bieber:

When someone questioned why he was being nice, he said, "I only ever apologise if I'm wrong.  Very rarely happens."

Morgan had criticised Grande for not personally visiting the victims of the terrorist attack at her concert in Manchester.

At the time he tweeted, "If the Queen can visit the victims in hospital, so can the star they paid to see."

He added, "I expected her to stay, visit & comfort her wounded fans & relatives of those who died."

'If the Queen can visit victims so can the star they paid to see' - Piers Morgan criticises Ariana Grande following Manchester attack 

Following the attack, he cancelled her remaining tour dates and flew back to the US.

However, she returned to the UK to visit injured fans last week and also fronted the One Love concert to raise funds for the victims.

She was joined by a host of stars including Niall Horan, Katy Perry, Coldplay, The Black Eyed Peas, Miley Cyrus, Take That, Robbie Williams, Liam Gallagher, and Pharrell Williams.

During the concert she revealed that she had not planned to play so many of her hits but changed her mind after meeting the mother of Olivia Campbell Harvey who was just 15 when she was killed by the attack.

"I had the pleasure of meeting Olivia's mummy a few days ago and I started to cry and gave her a big hug and she said 'stop crying, because Olivia wouldn't have wanted you to cry'" she revealed.

"And then she told me Olivia would have wanted to hear the hits. We had a different show planned and we had a rehearsal yesterday and we changed everything."

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