On Monday, May 22, reports broke that there was an explosion at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England. Many reports have been claimed there are fatalities due to the incident, at least 19 at the time of publication. In a statement, Ariana Grande's publicist said that the singer was "OK" following the incident, according to the LA Times. Later on in the night, Ariana Grande tweeted about the Manchester concert explosion — and it is absolutely heartbreaking.
UPDATE: BBC reported at 11:40 a.m. local time Tuesday that 22 people have been confirmed dead and 59 injured in the Manchester Arena explosion.
"broken. from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don't have words," the singer tweeted late into the night of the news. Initial reports have labeled the incident a "terrorist incident", with Manchester Police Chief Constable Ian Hopkins saying they are treating it as such, according to CNN. US Officials have said that suicide bombing is being considered a "likely" reason for the blast.
CNN writes that eyewitness reports say that Grande had left the stage at the end of her set when a "loud bang" occurred. That is when chaos seemed to ensue, one concertgoer, Calvin Welsford, telling CNN that "People [were] screaming and crying and flooded towards the stage." A lot of the chaos was caught on video and shared to social media accounts.
Grande was quiet (beyond her publicists statement to the LA Times) until a few hours after the incident, breaking her silence on Twitter with a heartbreaking tweet. The tweet quickly earned a flood of responses from fans and other Twitter users telling the pop star that it was not her fault what had happened, which is important for everyone to remember in this situation. The incident is just traumatic and it is easy for someone in her position to feel guilt, but Grande is in no way responsible or should feel any bit of blame for such a horrific act brought out by someone else's actions.
While we still wait for answers as to what exactly happened Monday night at the Manchester Arena, it is important to keep in mind that Grande is understandably shaken by what occurred. It is important for fans and the public, alike, to have compassion for her and all of those at the arena, and keep tone deaf jokes off of social media and respect those who were affected by what happened. Remember that many of Ariana Grande's fans (and, subsequently potential victims of the attack) are young women and girls who just wanted to experience a concert of one of their favorite pop stars. For now, Grande deserves her space to heal however she sees fit.