Ari­ana Grande ‘bro­ken’ over at­tack

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NEW YORK: Pop star Ari­ana Grande, whose con­cert was struck by one of Bri­tain’s dead­li­est at­tacks in years, is a favourite of pre-teens, rarely known for caus­ing a stir.

The 23-year-old former child star called her last al­bum Dan­ger­ous Woman, but her con­tro­ver­sies have been markedly lowkey, with the “dan­ger” in her lyrics more about love than any­thing more sin­is­ter.

Grande wrote on Twit­ter that she felt “bro­ken” af­ter Mon­day’s deadly at­tack, which sent scream­ing fans flee­ing the venue af­ter a blast in the foyer of the Manch­ester Arena mo­ments af­ter the left the stage.

“From the bottom of my heart, I am so so sorry. I don’t have words,” she wrote.

Born in Florida, Grande showed prom­ise from an early age in theatre and by her teenage years had joined a Broad­way mu­si­cal, mov­ing to New York where she sang on the side.

Grande en­tered the pub­lic eye when she was cast on the Nick­elodeon sit­com Vic­to­ri­ous, play­ing the tal­ented, but at times aloof, high school stu­dent Cat Valen­tine.

Grande kept the fe­line im­agery as she branched out into pop mu­sic, fre­quently sport­ing a cat-ear head­band. Over the course of her three stu­dio al­bums, her look has grad­u­ally turned more sen­sual as she sings of her power over men.

But un­like Mi­ley Cyrus, a fel­low former child star to whom she is some­times com­pared with, Grande never broke com­pletely with the teeny­bop­per im­age.

In an in­ter­view last month, Grande said she had started run­ning her show “from top to bottom”, not com­fort­able with hav­ing oth­ers do it for her. AFP


Ari­ana Grande tweets that she is sorry.

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