After an explosion rocked Manchester Arena on Monday night, pop stars are reacting to the Ariana Grande concert explosion by sending words of support to the victims’ families. As more details emerge, the scale of the tragedy becomes more and more heartbreaking; with Grande having gotten her start on Nickelodeon, her fans tend to be young, and with police having confirmed “a number of fatalities,” many more wounded, and many others still missing, it’s children, teenagers, and families who are affected by the incident the most. The messages of Grande’s peers in the music industry offer love and support to the victims’ families in an impossibly dark time.
Although there is still much that isn't clear, we do know that an explosive device was detonated near one of the exits of the Manchester Arena at 10:33 p.m. local time on Monday, according to NBC News. The Greater Manchester Police are treating the explosion as a “terrorist incident,” said Manchester Police chief constable Ian Hopkins to The Guardian.
A representative for Grande’s label, Universal Media Group, released a statement to Vanity Fair last night saying that the singer was “okay”; additionally, Grande responded to the explosion with a heartbroken tweet reading, “Broken. From the bottom of my heart, I am so, so sorry. I don’t have words.”
broken.— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) May 23, 2017
from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don't have words.
From Demi Lovato to John Legend, musicians from genres across the industry have expressed their sorrow for those who have suffered as a result of the explosion, extending a hand to the families of the victims. And although words cannot undo what has happened, they can at least offer some comfort, however small.
Tearing up imagining innocent concert goers losing their lives.. praying for everyone and all #arianators. 🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼— Demi Lovato (@ddlovato) May 22, 2017
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
I am truly so sorry about what has happened in Manchester tonight. Unthinkable events. All my love to the families affected.— Shawn Mendes (@ShawnMendes) May 23, 2017
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
Broken hearted for the families tonight. Broken hearted for Ari. Broken hearted for the state of this world. 😔— KATY PERRY (@katyperry) May 23, 2017
No words can describe how I feel about what happened in Manchester. I don't wanna believe that the world we live in could be so cruel.— Bruno Mars (@BrunoMars) May 23, 2017
God bless the family and friends affected by this nightmare.— Bruno Mars (@BrunoMars) May 23, 2017
I'm heartbroken over what happened in Manchester tonight.— Harry Styles. (@Harry_Styles) May 23, 2017
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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
My thoughts and prayers are with all those affected by this horrific act in Manchester. We need to do better. We need to LOVE ONE ANOTHER.— Justin Timberlake (@jtimberlake) May 23, 2017
My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone affected in Manchester.— Selena Gomez (@selenagomez) May 23, 2017
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
Absolutely heartbroken for #Manchester. Devastating news. My love, thoughts & prayers go out to all.— kylie minogue (@kylieminogue) May 23, 2017
My heart breaks for everyone who endured the terrifying attack at Ariana Grande's show in Manchester. I'm praying for everyone there...— Paula Abdul (@PaulaAbdul) May 23, 2017
every musician feels sick & responsible tonight—shows should be safe for you. truly a worst nightmare. sending love to manchester & ari— Lorde (@lorde) May 23, 2017
Absolutely Horrendous what happened in Manchester tonight. My thoughts are with the great people of Manchester and also Ari and her team xx— Niall Horan (@NiallOfficial) May 23, 2017
Devastated by the news of what happened in Manchester at @arianagrande's concert. Sending my thoughts and prayers to everyone affected.— Christina Aguilera (@xtina) May 23, 2017
the community we all create together thru music should be completely devoid of fear. our hearts go out to Ariana Grande & crew & the fans.— paramore (@paramore) May 23, 2017
Sending all our love to Manchester today. The news has left us speechless and heartbroken❤️❤️❤️— HAIM (@HAIMtheband) May 23, 2017
The world we live in...all my love to Manchester...wow.— Zendaya (@Zendaya) May 23, 2017
It is absolutely devastating what took place in Manchester. My thoughts and prayers are with Ariana and everyone affected. 🙏🏽💜— TINASHE (@Tinashe) May 23, 2017
oh god.......my heart is breaking hearing about this tragedy that happened at Manchester arena tonight...— Camila Cabello (@Camila_Cabello) May 23, 2017
What is happening in Manchester is absolutely terrifying. Praying everyone effected has found safety and hope Ariana is okay :( Jesus— h (@halsey) May 22, 2017
sending love to everyone in manchester tonight. totally heartbreaking. stay strong and stay safe.— CHARLI XCX (@charli_xcx) May 23, 2017
Here are a few ideas for how to help the Ariana Grande concert victims. I'd recommend starting by posting photos of those who are still missing. Every moment counts.