Ariana Grande finally talks about the Manchester bombing: "It's still very painful"

Brunilde Fioravanti
Mag 18, 2018

Next Tuesday marks a year since Salman Abedi detonated an explosive device as fans were leaving the American singer's concert in the city, killing 22 people and injuring more than 500. In response to the attack, Grande held a huge concert, One Love Manchester, to raise money to those affected by the terrorist attack.

When it came time for Grande to make new music, she wanted to address her feelings from the bombing, but avoid being exploitative about them. Jimmy Fallon briefly mentioned the bombing at the tail end of his interview with her.

She said: "When you're handed a challenge, instead of sitting there and complaining about it, why not try to make something handsome?"

Ariana was joined by a slew of global superstars for the benefit gig, including Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry, Pharrell Williams, the Black Eyed Peas, Little Mix and Robbie Williams. They then made a decision to put on the concert. She said, 'I can never sing these songs again. When he suggested to Ariana that they go back to Manchester to do a benefit concert, Ariana looked at him like he was insane, saying that she can't sing those songs anymore or put on those outfits anymore. "Don't put me in this position.'" Her response prompted the suspension of her tour, but two days later, Braun said he received a flood of texts from Grande saying she'd had a change of heart about doing a charity show. She wrote to him, "If I don't do something, these people died in vain".

Following the devastating terror attack, Ariana took to the stage in Manchester at the Emirates Old Trafford cricket ground to host her star-studded One Love benefit concert. Her latest single is called "No Tears Left to Cry", a triumphant, '90s-house-inflected pop confection, part breathy vocals and part spunky, spoken-word playfulness. That's why I did my best to react the way I did.

'The last thing I would ever want is for my fans to see something like that happen and think it won, ' Ariana said. "When I started to take care of myself more, then came balance, and freedom, and joy", she says.

"You think with time it'll become easier to talk about", she continued. "When you're handed a challenge, instead of sitting there and complaining about it, why not try to make something lovely?" she says. To this day it's a very hard topic for Ariane to discuss, where she admits that she still waits for peace, but pain still comes with the thought of it.

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