Ariana Grande's mom Joan Grande penned a heartfelt message following the Manchester tragedies on May 22. A week has passed since the terrorist attack left 22 people dead and more than 60 others injured. Joan looked back on the incident on Memorial Day, saying she has been “in reflective thought, prayer & deep sorrow."
"I join my daughter in extending my help and services to all those affected by the diabolical act of terror which occurred in Manchester! My heart goes out to all the victims: Those who lost their lives, those injured, those recovering and all survivors of that night, along with the families and friends whose grief knows no bounds. I stand with you all in the face of evil & we stand together to never let it rule our lives! Thank you to all those who helped in any way that night in Manchester. I continually thank those who are & were in service protecting our freedoms every day all over the world! #MemorialDay.”
According to ABC News, Joan was walking backstage at the Manchester Arena to see her daughter when she heard the initial explosion. She then reportedly helped usher a number of fans to find safety. Last week, Ariana issued her own personal statement. "They will be on my mind and in my heart everyday and I will think of them with everything I do for the rest of my life," she wrote to her fans.
The singer also announced she plans to return to "the incredibly brave city of Manchester" to perform a benefit concert "in honor of and to raise money for the victims and their families." She also also tweeted a JustGiving fundraiser link where people can donate to support the families of those killed during the attack. As of press time, almost 2.4 million has been raised thus far.
See Ariana Grande's interview with Fuse in 2015: