Pop music’s boldface names took to social media to express shock and offer condolences after a Monday terrorist attack at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester killed at least 22 people and injured 50 more. Grande has since postponed the European leg of her tour and tweeted that the attack has left her “broken.”
broken.— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) May 23, 2017
from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don’t have words.
Monday’s outpouring of grief and support felt somehow rawer and more personal than ever. James Corden paid tribute to the city of Manchester, offering his thoughts and prayers to “the staff at the MEN Arena, all of the security teams, all of the emergency services, Ariana and her team and all of those families affected by tonight.“ Nicki Minaj tweeted that her heart hurts for her “sister, Ariana” while Demi Lovato wrote that she was tearing up while “imagining innocent concert goers losing their lives.” The attack even brought Taylor Swift out of her self-imposed exile. "My thoughts, prayers and tears for all those affected by the Manchester tragedy tonight. I’m sending all my love.”
Tearing up imagining innocent concert goers losing their lives.. praying for everyone and all #arianators. 🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼— Demi Lovato (@ddlovato) May 22, 2017
My heart hurts for my sister, Ariana & every family affected by this tragic event in the U.K. Innocent lives lost. I’m so sorry to hear this— NICKI MINAJ (@NICKIMINAJ) May 23, 2017
What is happening in Manchester is absolutely terrifying. Praying everyone effected has found safety and hope Ariana is okay :( Jesus— h (@halsey) May 22, 2017
My thoughts and prayers are with everyone effected by this horrible attack in Manchester. My heart is broken this morning.— Nick Jonas (@nickjonas) May 23, 2017
The Rolling Stones are deeply shocked to hear of the appalling events in Manchester & send condolences to everyone affected by this tragedy.— The Rolling Stones (@RollingStones) May 23, 2017
Thoughts, prayers and my whole ❤️ are with Manchester this evening.— Jennifer Lopez (@JLo) May 23, 2017
I’m heartbroken over what happened in Manchester tonight.— Harry Styles. (@Harry_Styles) May 23, 2017
Sending love to everyone involved. H
One of the most striking responses to last night’s attack came from Lorde, who tweeted that “every musician feels sick & responsible tonight.” Grande echoed that sentiment by telling her fans that she was “so so sorry,” for what happened. When Rihanna wrote that “this could’ve been any of us,” she could have been speaking from the artist perspective as well as the fan perspective. Drake revealed that terrorist attack prevention has become a reality for the world’s biggest pop stars. “We just left from touring in Europe and this was such a real fear we discussed frequently,” he wrote. “I was crushed today to hear it became a reality.
every musician feels sick & responsible tonight—shows should be safe for you. truly a worst nightmare. sending love to manchester & ari— Lorde (@lorde) May 23, 2017
#Manchester has always been so close to my heart! These are innocent vulnerable kids, this could’ve been any of us! I’m devastated!— Rihanna (@rihanna) May 23, 2017
Celebrities don’t often experience the same fears and anxieties as the average person, but terrorism is the great equalizer. After Monday’s attack, going to concerts will never be the same again. Performing them won’t be either.