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Ariana Grande and mum open up about devastating first days after Manchester bombing

Thursday - 12/07/2018 07:56
IN A candid joint interview, Ariana Grande and her mother have spoken out about the singer’s devastating first days after last year’s horrific bombing at her Manchester concert.

ARIANA Grande’s mum didn’t know if her daughter would ever perform again following the terrorist attack on her Manchester concert in 2017, given the PTSD from which Grande was suffering.

“When I got home from tour, I had really wild dizzy spells, this feeling like I couldn’t breathe,” Grande told Elle magazine. “I would be in a good mood, fine and happy, and they would hit me out of nowhere.

“I’ve always had anxiety, but it had never been physical before. There were a couple of months straight where I felt so upside down.”

The 25-year-old singer “cried endlessly and barely spoke for two days” after the terrorist attack killed 22 people in the foyer of her Manchester Arena concert. Then she woke up her mum, Joan Grande, in the middle of the night with an idea.

As Joan recalled, “It was 2 or 3 in the morning; she crawled into bed and said, ‘Mum, let’s be honest, I’m never not going to sing again. But I’m not going to sing again until I sing in Manchester first.’”

Although the No Tears Left to Cry songstress successfully hosted the One Love Manchester charity concert and has moved forward after the tragedy, she’ll forever be affected.

Grande and her team pulled together a massive Manchester benefit concert just two weeks after the bombing. Picture: AFP
Grande and her team pulled together a massive Manchester benefit concert just two weeks after the bombing. Picture: AFPSource:AFP

“It’s happened before, and it’ll happen again. It makes you sad, you think about it for a little, and then people move on,” she shared. “But experiencing something like that first-hand, you think of everything differently.

“Everything is different.”

Last week, Grande came to the defence of her comedian fiance, Pete Davidson, after a joke he made referring to the Manchester bombing resurfaced. He reportedly said during a set that he realised just how famous Grande was because “Britney Spears didn’t have a terrorist attack at her concert.”

Ariana Grande visits with victims of the Manchester Arena bombing which left 22 people dead. Picture: Twitter
Ariana Grande visits with victims of the Manchester Arena bombing which left 22 people dead. Picture: TwitterSource:Twitter

Grande said she disagreed with the joke but noted that “we all deal with trauma differently”. “I of course didn’t find it funny. it was months ago & his intention wasn’t/ is never malicious but it was unfortunate,” she tweeted.

This story originally appeared on the New York Post and has been republished here with permission.

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