Grande prom­ises to re­turn for char­ity con­cert

New Straits Times - - World -

NEW YORK: Pop star Ari­ana Grande promised to re­turn to Manch­ester to play a char­ity con­cert fol­low­ing a sui­cide at­tack at her show, as she urged fans to re­spond to the tragedy with love.

In her first sub­stan­tive com­ments since Mon­day’s tragedy, the singer on Fri­day said she felt “up­lifted” by see­ing fans’ com­pas­sion af­ter the blast which killed 22 peo­ple and was claimed by the Is­lamic State (IS) group.

The 23-year-old, who sus­pended her tour and re­turned to her Florida home to rest, said she planned a con­cert as “an ex­pres­sion of love for Manch­ester”.

She said that the con­cert would raise money for the vic­tims of the at­tack and their fam­i­lies.

“Our re­sponse to this vi­o­lence must be to come closer to­gether, to help each other, to love more, to sing louder and to live kindly and gen­er­ously than we did be­fore,” she said in an es­say posted on her so­cial me­dia ac­counts.

“We won’t let this di­vide us. We won’t let hate win,” she said.

Grande, whose fan base is dom­i­nated by girls and young women, said she had seen a “beau­ti­ful, di­verse, pure, happy crowd”.

She said she viewed her con­certs as places for her fans “to es­cape, to cel­e­brate, to heal, to feel safe and to be them­selves.”

Grande wrote that her con­cert, by bring­ing peo­ple from var­ied back­grounds into the 21,000-ca­pac­ity Manch­ester Arena, showed the power of mu­sic to unite.

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