Ariana Grande breaks down as she recalls Manchester Arena terrorist attack

The singer says that 'Sweetener' track 'Get Well Soon' is about "helping each other through scary times"

Ariana Grande has spoken about the aftermath of last year’s Manchester terror attack during an emotional interview. Watch a clip of the discussion below.

The pop star had just come off stage at Manchester Arena on May 22 last year when a suicide bomber detonated an explosive device. 22 people were killed, with 59 left injured.

Upon the release of the singer’s fourth album ‘Sweetener’ earlier this week, fans noticed a subtle tribute to victims of the attack within the record’s closing track. ‘Get Well Soon’ ends with 40 seconds of silence to bring the track’s running time to 5:22 – reflecting the date of the bombing.

Now, the 25-year-old artist has spoken about the meaning behind the song on Beats 1 – saying that it’s “about being there for each other and helping each other through scary times and anxiety.”

“I just wanted to do something to make people feel good – and less alone,” Grande said,  adding that she “just wanted to give people a hug musically” with the track.

“I feel like the lyrics can be kind of corny when I talk about wanting to hug you and stuff, but I do,” she continued.

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Ariana Grande at One Love Manchester

Speaking of her decision to continue her scheduled dates following the attack, Grande said: “You try not to give in to fear because obviously, that’s the whole point of being here – that was the point of finishing my tour. You want to not be afraid, because of course, that’s what [the terrorists] want. If you give them that, then they’ve won.

“But the truth is, it’s scary,” she added. “It’s scary going anywhere. You look at places differently.”

Meanwhile, Ariana Grande delivered a special tribute to Aretha Franklin during a performance on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon earlier this week.