Friday 19 January 2018

'The spirit of the people of Manchester will grow stronger' - Celebrities pay tribute to blast victims

Emergency services at the scene. Photo: PA
Emergency services at the scene. Photo: PA

Sam Blewett

James Corden has paid an emotional tribute to Manchester as entertainers from around the world mourned the fans killed in a suspected terror attack at an Ariana Grande concert.

Greater Manchester Police said 19 people have died and about another 50 people were injured after an explosion on Monday night.

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

One Direction's Harry Styles, Katy Perry and Taylor Swift were among those offering their support after the attack on the Manchester Arena.

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.

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

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

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Swift said: "My thoughts, prayers and tears for all those affected by the Manchester tragedy tonight. I'm sending all my love."

Ariana Grande
Ariana Grande

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 said: "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."

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John Legend, who collaborated with Grande on the Beauty And The Beast soundtrack, described the suspected attack as "heartbreaking" when he tweeted his support to fans.

Celine Dion offfered her solidarity with Manchester, tweeting "I am with you", while Justin Timberlake urged people to "love one another".

Selena Gomez and Pink both offered their "thoughts and prayers".

Christina Aguilera tweeted: "Devastated by the news of what happened in Manchester at @ArianaGrande's concert. Sending my thoughts and prayers to everyone affected."

Reese Witherspoon said: "Sending prayers to the people of Manchester. I'm heartbroken for the lives lost and all the families suffering right now."

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