Following Monday night's attack at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester Arena, heartfelt tributes have been dominating social media. This is an instance where social media can unite and connect people the world over, since we're all affected by what happened in some way, shape, or form.
At least 22 people died in the blast, many of them children, after a suicide bomber detonated an as-yet identified device in the packed music venue.
Grande tweeted after the event, expressing what most of us are emotionally experiencing at this time. "broken. from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don't have words," has been her only statement on the tragic incident. Celebrities across the globe have taken to their social media channels to react and most importantly, to share their thoughts, their support, and their love.
Below are some of the tributes to the victims of these unthinkable Manchester attacks, taken from around the globe.
"Strong, Proud, Caring People" ...so so true— xenia leoni (@xenialeoni) May 23, 2017
James Corden's Message to Manchester
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James Corden handled his tribute beautifully.
Chelsea's tribute at training to the victims of the Manchester attack pic.twitter.com/EQkVhYHhmy— 101 Great Goals (@101greatgoals) May 23, 2017
A moment of silence among footballers.
The Eiffel Tower was utilized in a tribute, as well. It's especially poignant, given the Bataclan tragedy that took place in the city a few years ago.
Flags were flown at half-mast in the UK, as well.
My thoughts, prayers and tears for all those affected by the Manchester tragedy tonight. I'm sending all my love.— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) May 23, 2017
Many celebrities and notable figures also paid homage to the victims on social media. Taylor Swift has been quiet for months but she re-emerged to send her love and sympathies.
This image posted by Victoria Beckham is so powerful.
#Manchester has always been so close to my heart! These are innocent vulnerable kids, this could've been any of us! I'm devastated!— Rihanna (@rihanna) May 23, 2017
Praying for the beautiful souls we lost, their families and loved ones, for the survivors who will forever be impacted by this #Manchester— Rihanna (@rihanna) May 23, 2017
Rihanna was clearly emotionally impacted from afar, just like the rest of us.
Katy Perry also sent her prayers.
Our prayers and strengh to the victims and their families involved in this tragedy in Manchester. Stay strong. @ArianaGrande 🙏🏾— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) May 22, 2017
The Rock's tweet was simple and powerful.
Tearing up imagining innocent concert goers losing their lives.. praying for everyone and all #arianators. 🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼— Demi Lovato (@ddlovato) May 22, 2017
Demi Lovato shared her pain.
I'm heartbroken over what happened in Manchester tonight.— Harry Styles. (@Harry_Styles) May 23, 2017
Sending love to everyone involved. H
As Harry Styles is from the UK, his heartbreak is palpable.
Wow wow wow I'm in disbelief. all of my prayers to Manchester.— Kylie Jenner (@KylieJenner) May 23, 2017
Jenner's tweet also sums up what so many of us are feeling.
My heart hurts for my sister, Ariana & every family affected by this tragic event in the U.K. Innocent lives lost. I'm so sorry to hear this— NICKI MINAJ (@NICKIMINAJ) May 23, 2017
Nicki Minaj also weighed in.
Justin Bieber's hashtagging was simple and provided comfort.
Miley Cyrus reacted by sending love to Grande and all of the victims.
To see what has happened in Manchester makes me really sad. My thoughts are with those that are experiencing such tragedy at this time x— Liam (@LiamPayne) May 23, 2017
The One Direction member also weighed in.
My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone affected in Manchester.— Selena Gomez (@selenagomez) May 23, 2017
Selena Gomez's tweet was another that provided simple comfort.
Just saw the news about Manchester... Our hearts are breaking 💔 Prayers for all who attended, their families, Ari and her whole crew.— Fifth Harmony (@FifthHarmony) May 23, 2017
Prayers are definitely welcomed and needed right now.
MY PRAYERS GO OUT TO PPL OF MANCHESTER…HAD SPECIAL TIMES THERE FROM YOUTH & BEYOND— Cher (@cher) May 22, 2017
Cher pointed out how special Manchester and its people are.
Sending love to the U.K., @ArianaGrande and all of her supporters who were caught up in this awful attack. Heartbreaking.— John Legend (@johnlegend) May 23, 2017
Heartbreaking really is the only word to describe the tragedy.