Music stars show support for LGBT community following Orlando shooting

Omar Mateen killed 50 people in attack on a gay nightclub in Florida

The music world has reacted to the shooting at a club in Orlando, Florida over the weekend, with many sending messages of support.

Omar Mateen killed 50 people and wounded 53 more when he opened fire at Orlando gay nightclub Pulse in the early hours of Sunday morning. He was shot dead by police.

Responding to the news, Elton John wrote on Twitter: “Our hearts go out to all the families and loved ones of those lost in Orlando”, while Florence Welch said that she is “sending love and light” to those affected.

Pharrell Williams tweeted: “I will never understand why people hate. No words can express how sad my heart feels about the tragedy in Orlando,” while Haim wrote: “The news about Orlando has left us heartbroken. Sending all of our love to all the friends and families affected by this tragedy”.

See a selection of responses from music stars below.

Meanwhile, James Corden began his hosting of the Tony Awards in New York City last night (June 12) by addressing the day’s tragic events.

“On behalf of the whole theatre community, and every person in this room, our hearts go out to all of those affected by this atrocity,” Corden told the audience at New York City’s Beacon Theatre. “All we can say is you are not on your own right now. Your tragedy is our tragedy. Theatre is a place where every race, creed, sexuality, and gender is equal, is embraced, and is loved.”

Corden continued: “Hate will never win. Together, we have to make sure of that. Tonight’s show stands as a symbol and a celebration of that principle.”