American pop star Ariana Grande is reportedly inconsolable following the terrorist attack carried out during her concert at Manchester Arena in England last night. Grande was exiting the stage at the finale of her show when two bombs were detonated in the rotunda, killing twenty-two and injuring fifty-nine, as reported by Liberty Nation’s Jeff Charles. Concertgoers, many of which were young teens and children, witnessed dozens covered in blood and carried out of the arena on stretchers. The Islamic State has since claimed responsibility for the attack by the suicide bomber.
TMZ has confirmed that Grande was not physically injured, but that she is “in hysterics.” The pop star tweeted an emotional response to her fans, mourning the unsuspecting victims of the attack:
Broken. From the bottom of my heart, I am so so sorry. I don’t have words.
Grande has not made any further comments regarding the attack. However, the pop star’s sources have confirmed that out of security concerns with the pop singer being in “no condition to perform,” her Dangerous Woman Tour has been suspended.
Ariana’s mother, Joan Grande, was also in attendance during the horrifying experience. On the night of the attack, Mrs. Grande was about to head backstage to find her daughter when the bombs detonated. In the midst of chaos, Grande’s mother and security reportedly led a group of kids backstage to take shelter until they were permitted to exit the arena safely.
Meanwhile, the tweeting world was all a-twitter over a Boston journalists poor taste when he wrote:
Freelance journalist David Leavitt subsequently deleted his comment but within a few minutes tweeted this:
“Honestly, for over a year I thought an Ariana Grande was something you ordered at Starbucks.”
The backlash to Leavitt’s tweets has been overwhelming. One news outlet reported the following retort from another twitter user:
“You know what it’s not the time for? Your opinion on Ariana Grande and teen girl culture.”
The attack at Manchester Arena was the deadliest in England since the 2005 suicide bombing on London’s transport system. Although all victims of the explosions have not yet been identified, among the fatalities at Grande’s show was an eight-year-old girl attending the concert with her mother and sister, as reported by the Telegraph UK. Many of the concertgoers have since complained about the lack of security at the venue, stating that their bags went unchecked before entering the arena.
As always, Liberty Nation is closely monitoring these events in Manchester and will bring you the latest as it happens.
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