Ariana Grande‘s manager Scooter Braun has revealed how the singer “cried for days” after being informed of the Manchester Arena bombing last year.
22 people were killed in May last year when suicide bomber Salman Abedi blew himself up in the foyer of Manchester Arena as fans left a concert by the American singer.
Now, Braun has opened up on the trauma that the singer experienced in the aftermath of the blast, and how she had originally intended to cancel the entirety of her world tour.
“When she found out that fans of hers had died, she was… so sad”, Braun revealed during an appearance on the Big Questions with Carl Fussman podcast.
“She cried for days, she felt everything – every face they announced, every name, she wore on her sleeve. Every bit of emotion because that’s who she is. And the thing I will always remember is that she goes, ‘If I don’t do something, I’m not who I say I am to these people'”.
Braun added: “After the first family I had to help her, she was distraught […] and I was lost.
“It was beyond tough. But every single time we got down we reminded each other we get to go home. Our loved ones are still going to be there. That mother is never coming home, that daughter is never coming home, that son is never coming home, that dad is never coming home.
“So we didn’t really have a right to be so sad that we couldn’t continue.”
Ariana’s eventual return to Manchester would come in the form of June’s One Love concert at Old Trafford Cricket Ground, which was the most watched TV event of 2017 and raised over £18 million.
Yesterday, she was also nominated for a British LGBT award in the category of ‘Celebrity Straight Ally’, joining a shortlist that includes the likes of Harry Styles and David Beckham.