Read Ariana Grande’s statement on the Manchester attack below.
Last week, 22 people died and at least 59 people were injured after a suicide bomber set off an improvised explosive device at an exit of the Manchester Arena where pop star Ariana Grande had just finished singing her last song for the concert.
Following the blast, Ariana Grande posted her message of grief online.
“Broken,” she wrote on Twitter. “From the bottom of my heart, I am so sorry. I don’t have words.”
Although she hasn’t been publicly seen since then, reports say the “Dangerous Woman” singer was devastated by the incident.
On Friday, however, Ariana Grande finally released an official statement, expressing her sadness for the bereaved and her call to unite in a time of terrorism and extremism.
“My heart, prayers and deepest condolences are with the victims of the Manchester Attack and their loved ones,” she wrote. “There is nothing I or anyone can do to take away the pain you are feeling or to make this better. However, I extend my hand and heart and everything I possibly can give to you and yours, should you want or need my help in any way.”
She continued: “I have been thinking of my fans, and of you all, non-stop over the past week. The way you have handled all of this has been more inspiring and made me more proud than you’ll ever know. The compassion, kindness, love, strength and oneness that you’ve shown one another this past week is the exact opposite of the heinous intentions it must take to pull off something as evil as what happened on Monday.”
Grande also said in that the tragedy, which was a result of religious terrorism and extremism, should not divide us as people but it should bring us together.
“We will not quit or operate in fear. We won’t let this divide us. We won’t let hate win,” she wrote.
She also announced that she will be returning to Manchester for a fundraising concert meant for the victims of the tragedy.
Read Ariana Grande’s statement on the Manchester attack here:
— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) May 26, 2017