Ariana Grande responds to criticisms of fiancé Pete Davidson’s Manchester Arena joke

The comedian made light of the terror attack at Grande's May 2017 concert in a stand-up routine last year

Ariana Grande has responded to criticism of her fiancé Pete Davidson’s joke about last year’s Manchester Arena attack.

On May 22, 2017, a suicide bomber detonated a device as fans left the singer’s concert at the venue. The blast killed 22 people and injured 59 more.

This weekend (July 1), it was reported that Davidson had made a joke about the attack during a stand-up routine months after the incident. He is alleged to have said Grande must realise how famous she had become because “Britney Spears didn’t have a terrorist attack at her concert.”

After fans questioned why she was still with the SNL comedian once news of the joke had surfaced, Grande responded on Twitter. “This has been v tough & conflicting on my heart,” she wrote. “he uses comedy to help ppl feel better ab how f-ed up things in this world are. we all deal w trauma differently. I of course didn’t find it funny.”

She continued: “it was months ago & his intention wasn’t/ is never malicious but it was unfortunate.” The pop star also told her fans: “I hear and respect you always.”

Davidson has not commented about the incident personally, but a representative for him told Metro: “No subject is off limits and that includes jokes about his father and 9/11.”

Grande and Davidson became engaged last month, following weeks of dating. The singer is due to release her new album ‘Sweetener’ on August 17, which will include a short song about her new fiancé, titled ‘Pete’.