Ariana Grande

Ariana Grande: I’m Still Traumatized By Manchester Concert Bombing

Photo Credits: Elle

As time passes, we tend to forget everything that’s happened in the news in the last year. Let’s take Ariana Grande for example.

The 25-year-old superstar is deep into the promotional cycle for her upcoming album Sweetener (August 17). With all of the buzz around her new album and singles, it’s easy to forget the events in Manchester that left Ariana with no tears left to cry.

And, in the spectacular, fast-paced world of pop culture and entertainment, it’s easy to forget that celebrities have private moments at all.

For the first time since a terrorist bombed Manchester Arena during her concert last year, Ariana Grande and her mom Joan open up to Elle about the impact that day had on her life and the trauma she still faces today.

On May 22, 2017, an Islamist terrorist detonated a homemade bomb in Manchester Arena as people were leaving Ariana Grande’s concert that night. 23 people were killed (including the attacker), and over a hundred were injured. Hundreds more were psychologically injured, including Ariana.

“When I got home from tour, I had really wild dizzy spells, this feeling like I couldn’t breathe,” she told Elle. “I would be in a good mood, fine and happy, and they would hit me out of nowhere. I’ve always had anxiety, but it had never been physical before. There were a couple of months straight where I felt so upside down.”

Ariana Grande for Elle
Ariana Grande for Elle

She’s hesitant to talk about the subject — mostly because she doesn’t want her experience to overshadow the victims’ stories and partially because the event is emotionally triggering. According to the interviewer, “the name Manchester alone triggers a huge teardrop to roll down her cheek.”

“You hear about these things,” Ariana said. “You see it on the news, you tweet the hashtag. It’s happened before, and it’ll happen again. It makes you sad, you think about it for a little, and then people move on. But experiencing something like that firsthand, you think of everything differently.…” She pauses, swallowing the lump in her throat. “Everything is different.”

Joan Grande, Ariana’s mom, watched that night’s stop on the Dangerous Woman tour from the audience. She was still in the crowd when tragedy struck.

“I was like a fish swimming in the wrong direction,” Joan tells Elle. “Everyone was leaving, and I was going toward the stage. The bomb went off, and I’m looking at these young adults with fear in their eyes. People were jumping from the upper seats to get out. I just started grabbing people. I could have been steering them…

“I didn’t know where I was going,” she continues. “I just knew I was going to my daughter. Not to be overly dramatic—I struggle with this every day—but I didn’t know what I would find when I got to her. I sympathize with every parent who was waiting for a child. Those minutes when you don’t know what’s happening… there are no words.”

According to the magazine (but we’re assuming the information came from Joan), Ariana cried “endlessly” and didn’t speak much for two days. The people around her were unsure if she would ever want to perform again. Then, one morning, Ariana knocked on her mother’s bedroom door.

“It was two or three in the morning; she crawled into bed and said, ‘Mom, let’s be honest, I’m never not going to sing again. But I’m not going to sing again until I sing in Manchester first.’”

Ariana contacted manager Scooter Braun to let him know her decision. The end result was the One Love Manchester concert, a major benefit to raise money for the victims of the disaster. On June 4, two weeks after the attack, 55,000 people attended the benefit, which featured performances by Ariana and other stars such as Miley Cyrus, Pharrell Williams, Justin Bieber, and Katy Perry.

Video: Ariana Grande performs “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” at One Love Manchester

One Love Manchester raised $23 million that night, and she couldn’t have done it without her fans.

“It’s the most inspiring thing in the world that these kids pack the venue. They’re smiling, holding signs saying, ‘Hate will never win,'” Ariana said as she broke into tears.

“Why would I second-guess getting on a fucking stage and being there for them? That city, and their response? That changed my life.”

Ariana has received a lot of hate for speaking up in politics, especially about gun control, but nothing will stop her from using her voice after what happened in Manchester.

“Not everyone is going to agree with you, but that doesn’t mean I’m just going to shut up and sing my songs. I’m also going to be a human being who cares about other human beings; to be an ally and use my privilege to help educate people.,” she said. “[Artists] not only help people and comfort them, but also push people to think differently, raise questions, and push their boundaries mentally.” 

Ariana shared her trauma with friend and collaborator Pharrell Williams. They then partnered up for “Get Well Soon,” a song about her mental health after Manchester and the final track on the album.

Read Elle’s complete feature on Ariana here.

Sweetener by Ariana Grande is available online and in stores on August 17.

Note: Populove is currently undergoing site maintenance following a hiatus. Some post images and comments from previous months may not appear as we work on the issue.


  1. you’re actually a just right webmaster. The site loading speed is
    incredible. It seems that you’re doing any distinctive trick.
    Furthermore, The contents are masterpiece. you have performed a fantastic job on this subject!

  2. Hey there just wanted to give you a quick heads up.
    The words in your content seem to be running off the screen in Opera.
    I’m not sure if this is a format issue or something to do with web browser compatibility but I figured I’d post to let you know.

    The design look great though! Hope you get the issue resolved soon. Many thanks

  3. Thanks for the marvelous posting! I definitely enjoyed reading it, you happen to be a great author.

    I will make sure to bookmark your blog and will often come
    back sometime soon. I want to encourage you to ultimately continue your great posts, have
    a nice day!

  4. When some one searches for his required thing,
    therefore he/she needs to be available that in detail, thus that thing is
    maintained over here.

  5. For most up-to-date information you have to visit internet and on internet I found this web site as a most excellent site for latest updates.

  6. This is the right web site for anyone who wants to understand this topic.
    You know so much its almost hard to argue with
    you (not that I actually will need to…HaHa).
    You definitely put a fresh spin on a topic that has been discussed for years.
    Wonderful stuff, just wonderful!

  7. Appreciating the persistence you put into your site and detailed
    information you provide. It’s great to come across a blog every once
    in a while that isn’t the same old rehashed material.
    Fantastic read! I’ve saved your site and I’m including your
    RSS feeds to my Google account.

  8. A motivating discussion is worth comment. There’s no doubt that that you ought to publish more about this issue,
    it may not be a taboo subject but usually folks don’t talk about
    these subjects. To the next! Best wishes!!

  9. Hi there, I desire to subscribe for this webpage to get latest updates, so where can i do it please assist.

  10. I couldn’t resist commenting. Perfectly written!

  11. Just wish to say your article is as amazing.
    The clearness in your post is simply excellent and i could assume you are an expert on this subject.
    Fine with your permission let me to grab your RSS feed
    to keep updated with forthcoming post. Thanks a million and
    please carry on the rewarding work.

  12. Quality content is the secret to be a focus for the viewers to pay a visit the website, that’s what this site is providing.

  13. I like the helpful information you provide in your articles.
    I’ll bookmark your weblog and check again here regularly.
    I am quite sure I will learn plenty of new stuff right here!
    Best of luck for the next!

  14. What’s up, after reading this awesome paragraph i
    am as well happy to share my knowledge here with mates.

  15. I’m not sure where you’re getting your info, but good topic.
    I needs to spend some time learning more or understanding more.
    Thanks for wonderful information I was looking for this information for my mission.

  16. Does your blog have a contact page? I’m having a tough time locating it
    but, I’d like to shoot you an email. I’ve got some suggestions
    for your blog you might be interested in hearing.

    Either way, great site and I look forward to seeing it develop over time.

  17. Can I simply say what a comfort to discover someone
    who genuinely knows what they are talking about on the net.
    You certainly understand how to bring an issue to light and make it important.
    More people must check this out and understand this side of your story.
    I can’t believe you are not more popular because you surely
    possess the gift.

  18. You need to be a part of a contest for one of the finest
    sites on the web. I’m going to recommend this blog!

  19. I simply want to tell you that I am just new to weblog and certainly enjoyed you’re web site. Probably I’m going to bookmark your site . You absolutely have really good article content. Appreciate it for revealing your blog site.

  20. Oh my goodness! Impressive article dude! Thank you so much,
    However I am experiencing problems with your RSS. I don’t
    know the reason why I cannot join it. Is there anybody else having the same RSS issues?
    Anyone that knows the answer can you kindly respond?

  21. Why visitors still make use of to read news papers when in this
    technological world all is accessible on net?

  22. This site was… how do I say it? Relevant!!

    Finally I have found something that helped me.
    Thank you!

  23. An impressive share, I just with all this onto a colleague who was simply conducting a little analysis with this. And hubby the truth is bought me breakfast since I discovered it for him.. smile. So i want to reword that: Thnx to the treat! But yeah Thnkx for spending time to talk about this, I’m strongly about this and adore reading read more about this topic. Whenever possible, as you become expertise, could you mind updating your blog post with a lot more details? It can be extremely ideal for me. Huge thumb up for this short article!

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *