A year ago on May 22, 2017, at the end of Ariana Grande‘s concert in Manchester, England, a terrorist set off a bomb killing 22 people and injuring over 500 people. The Manchester Arena bombing was the deadliest bombing in England since the 2005 London bombings. The attack shook the entertainment industry, Grande fans and music lovers everywhere. In response to the attack, Grande visited victims in the hospital and put on a benefit concert, One Love Manchester, to raise money for her fans that were affected by the bombing.
The concert was emotional and raised over $12 million dollars. Roughly 55,000 people attended to benefit concert and Miley Cyrus, Nial Horan, Little Mix, Katy Perry, Just Bieber and Mac Miller all performed alongside Grande.
A full year has passed since the bombing an still it seems like the attack happened days ago. “thinking of you all today and every day I love you with all of me and am sending you all of the light and warmth I have to offer on this challenging day,” Grande tweeted today. She also included the bee emoji, which a symbol of the city of Manchester.
Manchester is considered a blue-collar city and has made the bee their symbol because of the towns “working bee” mentality. After the attack, Grande and a bunch of her touring crew got bee tattoos. Fans followed suit and also got bee tats to remember the bombing and the strength of the city. The city of Manchester also made Grande an honorary citizen after the benefit concert.
Grande isn’t the only celebrity to tweet about the year anniversary of the Manchester Arena bombing. Bieber tweeted out his support along with the benefit concert’s hashtag #OneLoveManchester.
Prince William visited the city today and attended the Manchester Arena National Service of Commemoration to pay his respects to the citizens who died during the bombing.
Grande’s mom, Joan Grande even tweeted about the anniversary of the attack. She wrote, “All my love, Manchester…” with a screenshot of the Manchester Evening News front page honoring the 22 people who died. The cover shows a heart made out of 22 bees and the names of the ones who died listed underneath.
Grande also shared the cover on her Instagram story. She recently opened up about the bombing attack to TIME magazine and how it’s affected her. “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 said. “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.”
Rita Ora also tweeted about the Manchester bombing. She shared a message of positivity, which perfectly compliments Grande’s outlook on the situation.
Grande is looking at the bombing as a “glass half full” perspective. Her next album Sweetner is inspired by the bombing and looking at the positives in life.
On top of attending a memorial service for the victims of the bombing, Prince William read a bible verse at the service.