Ariana Grande is back, and more resilient than ever.
The 24-year-old pop star dropped her first single the deadly May 2017 Manchester tragedy and “No Tears Left to Cry” surely honors the victims of the bombing, which took place at her own concert and resulted in 22 fatalities and 59 injuries.
Grande teased the song’s release all week long with teardrop imagery on Instagram, and finally dropped it on Friday along with a corresponding video. In her lyrics, she alludes to picking up the pieces and learning to stand strong. “Ain’t got no tears left to cry, so I’m pickin’ it up, pickin’ it up,” she sings. Of course the song is catchy and we think a soon-to-be hit, but it’s the message that stands out.
In the video, she switches in and out of several costumes, dances, and though she doesn’t directly refer to the Manchester bombing, a worker bee then flies toward the camera at the end of the video—the bee has been a symbol of the city for years.
Last June, Grande held a benefit concert to pay tribute to the victims of the deadly attack, raising over $3 million for the British Red Cross. In October, she opened up to The Coveteur about the incident. "I don't think I've been through anything as traumatic as [what] we've been through," she said, moving on to explain why she decided to continue her Dangerous Woman tour after Manchester.
"Calling it off and going home was not an option," she said. "The message of the show was too important. For the crew and everyone involved, it's become more than just a show for us. We are really grateful to be here and really grateful for this show," she said, at the time referring to her Hong Kong show.
Watch the full video for “No Tears Left to Cry” above.