While Ariana Grande was sending a powerful message that love conquers hate on Sunday night during the Manchester benefit concert, her mom was doing the same in the audience. Joan Grande, who was at her daughter’s concert during the bombing and helped bring fans backstage to safety, was also in the crowd during Sunday’s One Love Manchester concert, and was spotted greeting and comforting fans.
The big-hearted mom was reportedly telling audience members, “Do not be afraid,” sharing hugs with lucky young fans who recognized her, including this one who was now “refusing to wash her hand” after meeting Joan.
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On Memorial Day, she shared a heartfelt statement on Twitter in the wake of the attack. “My heart goes out to all the victims: those who lost their lives, those injured, those recovering & all survivors of that night, along with the families & 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!” she wrote in part.
Her son, Frankie Grande, was also in the audience on Sunday night during the One Love Manchester performance, sharing a photo of the stage and the crowd. “I don’t think I’ve ever been as proud of my little sister as I am right now,” he wrote.
I don't think I've ever been as proud of my little sister as I am right now. What a remarkable return after such a challenging time... and what incredible support, by the artists who joined her, the audience who watched and the many many men and women who protected us all today so that one love could be the remarkable success that it was. Thank you all. God bless Manchester, London, and all the victims and their families... we honor you. #onelovemanchester ❤️
I’m not crying, you are.