Ariana Grande Reflects on Manchester Attack During Beats 1 Radio Interview

Ariana Grande released her brand new album ‘Sweetener‘ yesterday (Friday, August 17th). The LP features two songs that pay tribute to the 22 victims who lost their lives during the atrocious attack at Grande’s concert in Manchester on May 22nd last year. The tracks are ‘No Tears Left To Cry’ which was the lead single off the album, and is all about moving on while keeping those affected in your heart, and the second is the heartfelt ‘Get Well Soon’.

The latter is the album closer and features a moving 40 second silence which starts after a chime and brings the tracks length to 5.22 which honours the date of the heartless attack which injured hundreds, and killed 22 innocent victims.

Now, Ariana Grande has opened up about how the attack has affected her life over the past year, she spoke about the affects it has had on her during her interview with the Beats 1 Radio host Ebro Darden.

Speaking through tears to Ebro, Grande said: “Obviously if you see it on the news it affects you but not in the same way. You feel bad, you tweet it, you post a picture, you send your condolences, you say something and move on. But then Christmas comes and you’re thinking about it. It’s like… fk… I’m so sorry. It’s like people are permanently affected by this st and it’s just like… perspective.It changes everything, changes your life quite a bit. You want to be more present and follow happy impulses and figure it out later and stay in the moment.” 

The 25-year-old also admitted that she has been forced to step up personal and professional security in the aftermath of the atrocity; “The truth is that it’s fking scary going anywhere and you look at places differently and travelling. I don’t like to have security come with me everywhere, I don’t like to do those things, it makes me feel inhuman and weird. I don’t like it. I know people are just trying to take care of me but I want to escape with my friends, run around and be free. But you think about it differently when st like that happens. I don’t want to have metal detectors at my shows and having people taking tiny a*s bags into my shows but… you’d better bring a fking tiny a*s bag, you know what I mean? It’s scary and this is some real st. You don’t want to give in and be afraid, but it’s still there.” 

Everyone at CelebMix continues to send our love love and prayers to all those affected by the Manchester attack.     


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