Ariana Grande ‘broken’
over UK concert blast–report

May 23 2017 2:08 PM

Singer Ariana Grande said she was “broken”, hours after an explosion rocked her concert in Manchester, England that killed at least 19 people and injured 50 others, according to a report on CNN.

“From the bottom of my heart, I am so so sorry.i don’t have words,” tweeted Grande who, a source close to the situation told CNN, was physically unharmed.

The incident occurred Monday night, May 22, following Grande’s performance at the Manchester Arena as concert goers, many of them young children and teens, were leaving the venue, around 10:30 p.m. local time.

Nineteen people have been confirmed dead and more than 50 injured, according to the Greater Manchester Police.

Police say they are treating this as a terrorist incident until they know otherwise.

Grande’s management put out a lengthier statement, saying: “Words cannot express our sorrow for the victims and families harmed in this senseless attack.”

“We mourn the lives of children and loved ones taken by this cowardly act,” the statement, posted by Grande’s manager Scooter Braun, added. “We ask all of you to hold the victims, their families, and all those affected in your hearts and prayers.”

The statement also expressed appreciation to Manchester’s first responders.

The Universal Music Group, the umbrella group for Republic Records, said in a statement on Facebook: “We are deeply saddened to learn of tonight’s devastating event in Manchester. Our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected by this tragedy.”

Grande’s opening acts at the Monday night performance were rapper BIA and singer Victoria Monét.

BIA confirmed she was safe in a tweet that has since been deleted. “GUYS WE ARE OKAY !!! THANK YOU WE LOVE YOU,” she wrote.

Monét posted a heartfelt note on Twitter, saying she was “hurt and frustrated.”

“I wish I could say that I am ok, but I’m not,” she wrote. “Safe? Yes, but heartbroken that loved ones who came to have the night of their lives ended up losing them.”

She added: “I feel useless.”

Grande, 23, was in town performing the first of three concerts in the UK.

Her next concert was to take place on May 25 at the O2 Arena in London.

On early Tuesday, May 23, local time, the arena tweeted that it “will advise as soon as we can as to the status of those shows.”

Other dates included shows in Belgium, Poland, Germany and Switzerland.

It is not known whether the tour will continue as planned.

Since opening in 1995, the Manchester Arena has welcomed acts like U2, Lady Gaga, and the Rolling Stones. With over one million visitors per year, the venue claims to be “one of the busiest venues in the world and the largest indoor arena in Europe,” according to its website.

Grande’s “Dangerous Woman” tour kicked off in 2016 in support of her third album, which shares the same title.

She was absent from Sunday’s 2017 Billboard Music Awards because of her tour schedule.

On Friday, Grande shared a message of thanks to followers on social media in honor of her album’s first year anniversary.

She wrote that she was “having the time of my life touring this album and singing it for you every night!!”

The pop singer launched her career as a teen, snagging a role in the Broadway play “13” before she landed the role of Cat Valentine on the Nickelodeon television series “Victorious.”