Ariana Grande Says the Memory of the Manchester Attack Is Still "Very Painful"
Almost one year after the deadly terrorist attack at her concert in Manchester, Ariana Grande is still healing from the tragedy, but she wants you to know that while she might still be crying, she's happy.
That's to be expected after what she went through. Last May a terrorist detonated a bomb outside her concert, killing 22 people and injuring over 500 others. "There are so many people who have suffered such loss and pain," Grande said in a new interview with Time Magazine. “The processing part is going to take forever.”
While discussing the attack may be cathartic for some, she's choosing not to speak about it publicly. “I don’t want to give it that much power,” she said. “Something so negative. It’s the absolute worst of humanity. That’s why I did my best to react the way I did. The last thing I would ever want is for my fans to see something like that happen and think it won.”
“Music is supposed to be the safest thing in the world,” she continued. “I think that’s why it’s still so heavy on my heart every single day. I wish there was more that I could fix. You think with time it’ll become easier to talk about. Or you’ll make peace with it. But every day I wait for that peace to come and it’s still very painful.”
Despite her pain, Grande proved her resilience after the bombing. She finished out her tour and organized a charity concert, raising $12 million dollars for the victims' families. Now, she has a new album coming out, titled Sweetener, and the name is especially meaningful for Grande and her fans.
"When you’re handed a challenge, instead of sitting there and complaining about it, why not try to make something beautiful?”