It’s been four years since a suicide bomber targeted Ariana Grande’s concert at England’s Manchester Arena, killing 22 and injuring hundreds on May 22, 2017. More than half of the victims were children.
The Grammy winner marked the tragedy’s anniversary on Saturday, letting fans know she is still grieving the lives lost and those affected by the event.
Taking to Instagram, Grande shared a video and wrote, “Although grief is ever-present and our relationship to it is constantly evolving and expressing itself in different ways every day, year round.”
“I know that this anniversary will never be an easy one … Please know that I am thinking of you today,” she continued, adding a white heart emoji. “Manchester, my heart is with you today and always.”
Grande shared the same message to her Instagram Stories and listed all the names of those who lost their lives in the attack when a suicide bomber detonated a homemade device as the audience was streaming out of her concert.
In June 2017, the “7 rings” singer partnered with the Red Cross to organize the One Love Manchester benefit concert, which welcomed performances from Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus, Coldplay and countless others. The benefit raised millions of dollars for the families affected by the tragedy.
She has continued to observe the anniversary each year.
The “7 rings” singer has remained open about how the bombing emotionally impacted her and how she has been healing, revealing in an August 2019 interview with Vogue that the attack had traumatized her.
She also opened up in the interview about seeking treatment for post traumatic stress disorder and was “talking to therapists.”
PTSD can develop after someone is exposed to traumatic events, such as war or threats on their person, according to the Mayo Clinic.
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