Ariana Grande has penned a letter about the Manchester Arena attack.
The terrifying 2017 attack saw bomber Salman Abedi detonate a device at Manchester Arena on May 22, killing 22 people, and injuring more than 800.
While Ariana rarely speaks on the heartbreaking events, she shared a letter she had written with fans in the fourth episode of her docu-series, entitled Ariana Grande: Dangerous Woman Diaries.
Sharing her feelings on the devastating bombing, The Thank U, Next singer wrote: “I’m writing to you this February 22, 2018. It’s been eight months since the attack at our show at the Manchester Arena.
“It’s impossible to know where to start or to know what to say about this part. May 22, 2017, will leave me speechless and filled with questions for the rest of my life.
“Music is an escape. Music is the safest thing I’ve ever known. Music – pop music, stan culture – is something that brings people together, introduces them to some of their best friends, and makes them feel like they can be themselves. It is comfort. It is fun. It is expression. It is happiness. It is the last thing that would ever harm someone. It is safe.
“When something so opposite and so poisonous takes place in your world that is supposed to be everything but that… it is shocking and heartbreaking in a way that seems impossible to fully recover from.”
While the documentary doesn’t share any footage from the day of the bombing, it does include footage from the One Love Manchester gig.
Ariana adds: “The spirit of the people of Manchester, the families affected by this horrendous tragedy, and my fans around the world have permanently impacted all of us for the rest of our lives. Their love, strength, and unity showed me, my team, my dancers, band, and entire crew not to be defeated.
“To continue during the scariest and saddest of times. To not let hate win. But instead, love as loudly as possible, and to appreciate every moment.
“The people of Manchester were able to change an event that portrayed the worst of humanity into one that portrayed the most beautiful of humanity. Like a handprint on my heart, I think of Manchester constantly and will carry this with me every day for the rest of my life.”
While Ariana was not hurt in the attack, she has since admitted she suffered PTSD afterwards.
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