Ariana Grande hasn’t spoken out about the Manchester bombing terrorist attack that happened at the end of her concert in Manchester, England on May 22, 2017. The attack killed 22 people and injured more than 500 others. In response to the attack, Grande held a huge concert, One Love Manchester, to raise money to those affected by the terrorist attack.
But Grande hasn’t opened up about how the bombing has affected her personally. Jimmy Fallon briefly mentioned the bombing at the tail end of his interview with her. He just commented on how brave she is and Grande visibly choked up and said thank you. Grande and a slew of other rising stars are on the cover of TIME. Sam Landsky wrote the profile on the pop star and she talked about Manchester.
Her manager Scooter Braun told Landsky that after the bombing Grande flew home to her grandma’s in Boca Raton, Florida. He told her they have to set up a concert and get back over to Manchester. “She looked at me like I was insane,” Braun stated. “She said, ‘I can never sing these songs again. I can’t put on these outfits. Don’t put me in this position'”
Two days later Grande changed her mind and decided to put on a benefit concert. “If I don’t do something, these people died in vain,” she told Braun. One Love Manchester raised $12 million for the victims of the bombing attack, over 50,000 people attended and it was streamed all over the world.
Before Landsky can even ask Grande about Manchester, she starts sobbing. Between tears, she explained how she doesn’t want to give the bombing power. “Something so negative. It’s the absolute worst of humanity,” she said. “That’s why I did my best to react the way I did. The last thing I would ever want is for my fans to see something like that happen and think it won.”
“I wish there was more that I could fix,” Grande told Landsky. “You think with time it’ll become easier to talk about. Or you’ll make peace with it. But every day I wait for that peace to come and it’s still very painful.”