In the immediate aftermath of the terrorist attack at Ariana Grande’s Manchester concert on May 22, the singer made a brief statement on Twitter, writing, “broken. from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don’t have words.”
As the world has moved on from the attack, Grande’s role in events has been examined by many, with some suggesting that Grande’s message of female empowerment enraged those behind the attack and others complaining that the singer was in some way complicit in the attack due to her not supporting President Donald J. Trump.
We wrote about the extremely troubling precedent of terrorist attacks occurring in safe spaces young people use to discover themselves and their identity.
The singer promises to return to Manchester for a benefit concert to raise money for victims of the attack, promising details as soon as they’re confirmed. In a subsequent tweet, she also shared a link to a crowdfunding campaign created to support the families of those killed and injured in the attack.
Police investigations continue into the attack, with eight men aged between 18 and 38 currently in custody in connection with Monday’s attack. (Salman Abedi, the bomber, was killed in the explosion.) 22 people were killed as a result of Monday’s attack. 66 remain in the hospital at time of writing.