Ariana Grande Remembers Manchester Bombing 3 Years After Tragedy: 'Prayers Are with You Always'
Ariana Grande is paying her respects to the city of Manchester.
Grande and the England city were bound together in tragedy on May 22, 2017 when a suicide bomber killed 22 people at her concert and injured more than 500.
Three years later, Grande revealed that she still feels the impact of the attack as she penned a note of solidarity with fans on Wednesday, opening up about her emotions surrounding that day.
"I want to take a moment to acknowledge and send my love to everyone that is feeling the sadness and tremendous heaviness of the anniversary coming up this week," Grande wrote in a message shared to her Instagram Stories.
"Not a day goes by that this doesn’t affect you and all of us still. I will be thinking of you all week and weekend," she continued. "My heart, thoughts, prayers are with you always."
Her note was signed with a black heart emoji and a bee emoji — the latter a familiar emblem of Manchester, adopted by locals as a symbol of resilience and hope.
Last year, Grande returned to Manchester for her first performance in the city since 2017, headlining the Manchester Pride Festival months after the second anniversary of the shooting.
"The gays have always had my heart. Personally I spent some of the happiest times of my teenage years singing in gay bars in New York City. I was in a Broadway show, and whenever I’d finish a show, I’d just go to a gay bar and sing Whitney Houston covers until someone would ask me to leave,” she told the crowd, according to E! News. “It’s always been such a special thing for me. So, thank you so much for accepting me, celebrating me the way I’ve always celebrated you guys.”
Before taking the stage, she wrote on social media that all of her Manchester fans were “my heart in every way.”
"Love you so much," she said. "Can’t wait to give you all our love. You’re my heart in every way. See you soon."
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