Taylor Swift kicked off the U.K. leg of her tour on Friday in Manchester. It was a bittersweet launch as she paused to pay tribute to the city’s resilience following last year’s bombing after Ariana Grande’s concert last May.
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Ariana Grande sat down for a chat with Coveteur Magazine on the last night of the “Dangerous Woman Tour” in Hong Kong. The singer gave a rare interview and discussed what life on the road for her was like after the bombing of her Manchester concert.
Ariana Grande has reacted to the news that she was made an official citizen of the city of Manchester, England. Plans to honor Ariana were announced last month after she threw a massive benefit concert for the victims of her bombed Manchester show. The city government has now made the move official after putting it to a vote Wednesday.
“It would have been understandable if she had never wanted to see this place again,” said Manchester council leader Sir Richard Leese. “But she determined she would not perform again until she had returned to Manchester.”
Richard commended Ariana not just for putting on the show, but for raising a ton of money for the attack’s victims. Ariana reacted to the news on Instagram and posted a screenshot of Richard’s kind words and reacted in the caption.
“I’m moved and honored,” she wrote. “My heart is very much still there.”
Check out Ariana’s entire reaction to her new honorary citizenship below.
(Photo credit: Ariana Grande Instagram account)
Wednesday night, Ariana Grande took time to tribute the youngest victim of the Mancherster concert bombing following her “Dangerous Woman Tour” stop in Argentina. Eight-year-old Saffie Roussos was killed along with 21 others during the devastating attack.
While in Buenos Aires, Ariana tweeted out a message to let her fans know that she was thinking of Saffie.
“She was Ariana Grande-obsessed, so to see how happy she was, it was just … obviously I had to go wither her,” Saffie’s sister, Ashlee Bromwich, recalled to BBC.
See Ariana’s tribute message to Saffie below.
(Photo credits: Ariana Grande Instagram account; Ariana Grande Twitter account)
After raking in millions of dollars worth of proceeds from the One Love Manchester benefit concert, it’s no surprise that the city wants to give something back to Ariana Grande. The singer is set to receive honorary citizenship to the northwestern U.K. site. Ariana will be the first to be awarded such an honor in Manchester. Counselor Sir Richard Leese told the BBC that he and several others already consider Ariana an honorary citizen, but they want to make it official.
“This seems a fitting moment to update the way we recognise those who make noteworthy contributions to the life and success of our city,” he explained. “We’ve all had cause to be incredibly proud of Manchester and the resilient and compassionate way in which the city, and all those associated with it, have responded to the terrible events of 22 May – with love and courage rather than hatred and fear.”
The plans will go before the council on July 12.
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(Photo credit: ArianatorIsland Twitter account)
U.K. police have released 22 suspects detained in connection to the bombing at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester. The news comes as those arrested after the bombing could no longer be held on suspicion of terrorism without any proof to bring charges.
The head of counterterrorism in Northwest England, Russ Jackson, revealed that the bomber Salman Abedi assembled the bomb himself. And several of the 22 people arrested were able to explain “innocent contact” with Salman leading up to the attack.
However, police still don’t know “whether he acted alone in obtaining the materials for the device” or “whether others knew or were complicit in the storage of materials knowing what was being planned,” according to Russ.
Russ and the Manchester police released a statement on Twitter with their latest updates on the attack.