Ariana Grande has reflected on one of the defining, life-changing moments of the singer’s career, the suicide bombing at her Manchester, England, concert.
In the fourth episode of her new YouTube documentary series, “Dangerous Woman Diaries,” Grande read the letter she sent to fans who attended and survived the May 2017 terrorist attack that killed 23 people, including the bomber, and injured more than 800 people.
“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,” Grande says in the video (via Entertainment Weekly). “‘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.
Grande sent the letter on Feb. 22, 2018, eight months after the attack. In it she explained how the experience taught her to not take life for granted and gave her added resiliency.
“Music is an escape. Music is the safest thing I’ve ever known,” Grande continued. “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.”
Several weeks after the attack, Grande returned to Manchester for the “One Love Manchester” benefit concert, performing Crowded House’s “Don’t Dream It’s Over” with Miley Cyrus and Oasis’ “Don’t Look Back In Anger” with Coldplay. Oasis’s song became a viral anthem of sorts following the attack when a crowd sang the tune following an emotional moment of silence at a vigil. And Grande closed out the performance with her rendition of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.”
Grande will release the music video for her new song “thank u, next” later on Friday. Watch a preview of her documentary series above.
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