Ariana Grande expressed deep grief in a statement that she posted via Twitter on Friday afternoon. This is the pop vocalist’s first public address since she tweeted on Monday night after a suicide bomber detonated a bomb outside of her Manchester Arena concert.
“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 singer penned. “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.”
Grande also announced that she’ll perform a Manchester benefit concert in honor of the victims and their families, but did not mention a certain date. Grande was also scheduled to perform two concerts at the O2 Arena in London during the same week as the bombing.
As of press time, Grande’s next concert date is June 7th at Paris’ AccorHotels Arena, one of six concerts for her European tour. From there, Grande is scheduled to have a nine-date trek through South America and Mexico followed by tours in Southeast Asia and Australia.
Following the disaster in Manchester, the singer tweeted, “Broken. From the bottom of my heart, I am so so sorry. I don’t have words.” Grande allegedly returned to her house in Boca Raton, Florida in the wake of the assault.