After a devastating bombing at her concert in Manchester earlier this week, which killed 22 people and injured 66, Ariana Grande has released an official heartfelt statement.
The 23-year-old artist made an apology to the victims and their families and friends, promising to return to Manchester for a benefit show and vowing, “We won’t let hate win.”
This is the first time she has spoken out about the attack on Monday night, since she tweeted on the 23rd of May: “Broken. From the bottom of my heart, I am so so sorry. I don’t have words.”
from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don't have words.
— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) May 23, 2017
In her official statement, Grande says:
Music is something that everyone on Earth can share.
Music is meant to heal us, to bring us together, to make us happy.
So that is what it will continue to do for us.
We will continue in honor of the ones we lost, their loved ones, my fans and all affected by this tragedy.
They will be on my mind and in my heart every day and I will think of them with everything I do for the rest of my life.
The singer also applauds her fans’ courage, strength and support, saying, “Our response to this violence must be to come closer together, to help each other, to love more, to sing louder and live more kindly and generously than we did before.”
Read the full statement, posted on her Instagram page below: