Thursday 18 January 2018

Ariana Grande 'planning benefit concert in Manchester next weekend' for bomb victims

Ariana Grande arrives for the 2016 American Music Awards, November 20, 2016 at the Microsoft Theater
Ariana Grande arrives for the 2016 American Music Awards, November 20, 2016 at the Microsoft Theater
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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Ariana Grande is reportedly planning a benefit concert in Manchester next weekend.

In a statement on Friday night, the singer said she planned to return to the "incredibly brave” city for a concert “in honour of and to raise funds for the victims and their families”.

The star has cancelled upcoming dates of her Dangerous Woman world tour in the wake of the atrocity which claimed 22 lives and left more than 100 people injured.

TMZ reports Grande and her manager Scooter Braun are talking to a host of stars to organise a concert next Sunday in the city.

Many of those killed in the bomb last Monday night were teenage fans of the star, who first rose to fame on children's TV station Nickleodeon.

In a statement posted on her Twitter account the singer said: "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.

"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.

"I am sorry for the pain and fear that you must be feeling and for the trauma that you, too, must be experiencing.

"We will never be able to understand why events like this take place because it is not in our nature, which is why we shouldn't recoil.

"We will not quit or operate in fear.

"We won't let this divide us.

"We won't let hate win.

"I don't want to go the rest of the year without being able to see and hold and uplift my fans, the same way they continue to uplift me.

"Our response to this violence must be to come closer together, to help each other, to love more, to sing louder and to live more kindly and generously than we did before.

"I'll be returning to the incredibly brave city of Manchester to spend time with my fans and to have a benefit concert in honour 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 a part of our expression of love for Manchester. I will have details to share with you as soon as 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 space 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.

"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 honour 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."

 

 

 

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 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 boldly declared in her emotional letter ... she would not allow the attack to change the purpose of her tour -- to provide "a safe space for my fans."

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