Manchester is still not out of the shock caused by the terror attack and people are doing everything possible to help the victims and their families. Ariana Grande, who entertained the audience before the fateful incident is apparently doing her bit.
The fans claim that she will be paying for the funerals of her fans and has already got in touch with the families of the victims.
Joan, Grande’s mother escorted fans to safety when the incident took place and she took around 10 children to the backstage to protect them. Even the security team of Ariana pitched in and escorted fans to safety.
Ariana’s drummer Aaron, revealed that the band was safe but was shocked to see such a thing happen amidst so many children and said that this painful memory will be with them forever.
He said: ‘We finished the show and we were walking back to our dressing rooms and BOOM!!!’
Explaining their confusion, he continued: ‘We could hear people we had no idea what it was… There was all kinds of speculation as to what was going on…
‘Like 5 minutes after getting to the room, security came in and informed us that we had to evacuate the building immediately.
‘It was then that we realised this was serious. Initially we thought that the sound was all kinds of things but it didn’t hit that this was a bomb until we were evacuated and they told us exactly what was going on.’
The singer, 23, wrote in an emotional tweet after the event: ‘broken. from the bottom of my heart, [I] am so so sorry. [I] don’t have words.’
Ariana’s manager, Scooter Braun, then added: ‘Tonight, our hearts are broken. Words cannot express our sorrow for the victims and families harmed in this senseless attack. We mourn the lives of children and loved ones taken by this cowardly act.
He went on to thank authorities in Manchester for their rapid response to the disastrous occurrence, added: ‘We ask all of you to hold the victims, their families, and all those affected in your hearts and prayers.’
The singer has called off her European tour as she will unable to perform and also as a mark of respect to the victims.
The incident captured the attention of international leaders who condemned it:
‘This incident, this attack, is especially vile, especially criminal, especially horrific because it appears to have been deliberately directed at teenagers,’ Australia Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said.
‘This is an attack on innocents. Surely there is no crime more reprehensible than the murder of children. This is a direct and brutal attack on young people everywhere, on freedom everywhere.’
Japan’s chief cabinet secretary, Yoshihide Suga, said, ‘I would like to express my heartfelt condolences to the victims and families of the deceased and my prayers to a swift recovery for the wounded.
‘Japan stands in solidarity with the people of the U.K.,’ while addressing the possible connection to terrorism. ‘If this is a terrorist attack, such abhorrent acts of terrorism cannot be justified for any reason, and Japan firmly condemns such an act of terrorism.’
Here are some reactions of the celebrities:
Our thoughts are with the victims and their family.