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We can't quite believe that two years have passed since the harrowing terror attack at Ariana Grande’s Manchester concert. On what should have been a night filled with joy, dancing and happiness, fans were instead left traumatised, horrified and full of fear.

22 innocent people lost their lives at the concert and tributes have been pouring in for those souls who were cruelly killed on the night of May 22, 2017.

Tributes have been pouring in today, the two year anniversary of the attack, and One Last Time singer Ariana Grande has posted a simple but poignant message to those affected by that dreadful night.

The pop star took to her Instagram account to share the bee emoji, which Manchester uses as a symbol of unity.

Last year, the singer penned a heartbreaking open letter about the attack.

She wrote: “I'm writing to you this February 22, 2018. It's been eight months since the attack at our show at the Manchester Arena. It's impossible to know where to start or to know what to say about this part."

"May 22, 2017, will leave me speechless and filled with questions for the rest of my life."

"Music is an escape," she continued. "Music is the safest thing I've ever known. Music—pop music, stan culture—is something that brings people together, introduces them to some of their best friends, and makes them feel like they can be themselves."

"It is comfort. It is fun. It is expression. It is happiness. It is the last thing that would ever harm someone. It is safe."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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"When something so opposite and so poisonous takes place in your world that is supposed to be everything but that…It is shocking and heartbreaking in a way that seems impossible to fully recover from."

"The spirit of the people of Manchester, the families affected by this horrendous tragedy, and my fans around the world have permanently impacted all of us for the rest of our lives. Their love, strength, and unity showed me, my team, my dancers, band, and entire crew not to be defeated."

"To continue during the scariest and saddest of times. To not let hate win. But instead, love as loudly as possible, and to appreciate every moment."

"The people of Manchester were able to change an event that portrayed the worst of humanity into one that portrayed the most beautiful of humanity."

"'Like a handprint on my heart,' she quoted, using her favourite musical Wicked as inspiration;

"I think of Manchester constantly and will carry this with me every day for the rest of my life."

We are thinking of everyone who was affected by the Manchester Arena bombing.

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Ariana Grande is releasing a new docu-series, Dangerous Woman Diaries, in which she opens up about her emotions surrounding the "horrendous" terrorist bombing at her concert in Manchester last year.

Grande has spoken before about how the event has forever changed her, and she has now penned a letter expressing her devastation one year on from the heart-breaking tragedy.

The global pop sensation had only just finished her set at the Manchester Arena in May of 2017 when a bomb was detonated in the foyer, killing 22 people as they were leaving the concert and injuring another 500.

She has chosen to share a highly personal letter to her fans, and the series has already released four episodes, the final one depicting her pain and sorrow after the incident.

"I'm writing to you this February 22, 2018," she writes. "It's been eight months since the attack at our show at the Manchester Arena. It's impossible to know where to start or to know what to say about this part."

"May 22, 2017, will leave me speechless and filled with questions for the rest of my life."

"Music is an escape," she continued. "Music is the safest thing I've ever known. Music—pop music, stan culture—is something that brings people together, introduces them to some of their best friends, and makes them feel like they can be themselves."

"It is comfort. It is fun. It is expression. It is happiness. It is the last thing that would ever harm someone. It is safe."

"When something so opposite and so poisonous takes place in your world that is supposed to be everything but that…It is shocking and heartbreaking in a way that seems impossible to fully recover from."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Though Grande was thankfully unharmed physically in the attack, she has described her symptoms of PTSD following the bombing.

She boarded a private plan to Florida, so she could be with her grandmother, before co-organising the One Love Manchester concert for victims and their families, where herself and then-boyfriend Mac Miller performed.

Her fans will now get a behind -the-scenes look at the concert, with footage of Ari singing Somewhere Over the Rainbow to be aired.

Her letter went on to preach about the power of not letting hate win in times like these:

"The spirit of the people of Manchester, the families affected by this horrendous tragedy, and my fans around the world have permanently impacted all of us for the rest of our lives. Their love, strength, and unity showed me, my team, my dancers, band, and entire crew not to be defeated."

"To continue during the scariest and saddest of times. To not let hate win. But instead, love as loudly as possible, and to appreciate every moment."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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"The people of Manchester were able to change an event that portrayed the worst of humanity into one that portrayed the most beautiful of humanity."

"'Like a hand print on my heart,' she quoted, using her favourite musical Wicked as inspiration;

 "I think of Manchester constantly and will carry this with me every day for the rest of my life."

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Tributes have been pouring in for the victims of the Manchester bombing.

Today marks the one year anniversary of the incident where 22 people lost their lives. 

Ariana Grande has tweeted to offer her condolences and love.

The singer, whose concert was targeted by terrorists last year said:

"Thinking of you all today and every day I love you with all of me and am sending you all of the light and warmth I have to offer on this challenging day."

The father of the youngest concert goer who lost her life, eight-year-old Saffie Roussos said the family have moved out of the area.

According to the Sun, Andrew Roussos closed up their chip shop and relocated their family. 

The memories were too painful to stay, said Mr Roussos.

"To go back to that without her and to have those constant memories would have been too hard.

"Even walking around Tesco would have been difficult as the aisles are the same and we would have been expecting to see Saffie at every corner," he added.

Twitter tributes have messages of solidarity and condolences to the families affected.

"Don't look back in anger," and "we stand together" along with a bumblebee have been the focus one year on.

Trending on Twitter is #BeMoreMartyn, which references one of the victims, Martyn Hett.

The PR Manager was loved by the Internet and his mum has said to the Manchester Evening News:

"Losing Martyn hurts so much, it is hard to put into words. I feel torn to bits inside and the pain is unbearable. But I will be surrounded by family and friends and together we will somehow get through the hardest day yet since that fateful day."

His mum, Figen Murray expressed in the interview with the newspaper, just how strong the community is during this difficult time. 

"The people of Manchester will be coming together to show their solidarity and share their grief at what happened a year ago on that fateful night." 

"They are uniting once again to show they care, to show they are strong and to show that each and everyone of them are personally taking a stand in defiance," she added.

A national minute of silence will take place today at 2:30 pm.

The Manchester arena is open and a number of memorial services are due to be held in the memory of the 22 victims. 

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A young girl who was injured in the Manchester bombing has described how she felt when she returned to the MEN arena for the first time.

Millie Robson, 15, was attending an Ariana Grande concert on May 22 with her best friend Laura Anderson when suicide bomber Salman Abedi detonated an explosive in the foyer.

Despite being left with shrapnel and bolts in her leg, the brave teen made the courageous decision to return to the scene for the first time on Thursday.

 

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'Today was one of the toughest of my life. Revisiting Manchester arena and seeing the place where my life changed forever is something I couldn't even think about doing a few months ago,' the brave teen said in an emotional post on Instagram.

'Nevertheless, today surrounded by my family and best friend we allowed ourselves to gain closure from the difficult visit and truly showed me and Laura how lucky we were that night. Life is so precious and shouldn't be taken for granted. Ever.'

She encourages others who were victims of the attack to visit the arena also. 'It was of course very hard but I’m so proud of myself for doing it,' she said on Twitter.

When the bomb went off, Millie and her friend Laura used their handbags and jumpers as makeshift tourniquets to stem the bleeding from injuries to Millie’s legs after the explosion.

The selfless teens directed paramedics past them to victims who they believed were more seriously hurt.

After the bombing, Millie met the Queen when she visited the young victims in hospital.

Millie told the Queen how she had met the pop star backstage before the event after winning VIP passes in a competition.  

After the concert, she headed to the arena exit to meet her father, David when the bomb was detonated.

The Queen turned to Millie’s father commenting: “It's not something you expect at all” and described the attack as 'very alarming'.   

Millie described meeting the Queen as “surreal”. She also met her idol Ariana Grande again at the One Love concert.

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Ariana Grande has officially become the first honorary citizen of Manchester.

The honour was bestowed on the 23-year-old following the One Lover Manchester concert which raised funds for the victims of the May 22 terror attack.

At an emotional meeting today, councillors voted unanimously to award the distinction in an effort to recognise the singer's involvment in the star-studded fundraiser which raised over £3 million for the victims and their families.

Suicide bomber Salman Abedi killed 22 people, including seven children, when he detonated a device as people began leaving Ariana's show at the Manchester Arena earlier this year.

Just two weeks later, Ariana returned to the city for the One Love Manchester benefit concert which saw the likes of Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Justin Bieber, Coldplay, and Manchester's own Liam Gallagher, take to the stage in tribute to the victims.

As well as that, Ariana and her mother, Joan, visited a some of the victims in hospitals around Manchester.

Manchester City Council leader, Sir Richard Leese, said Ariana had “exemplified” the “resilient and compassionate way in which the city, and all those associated with it, have responded to the terrible events of 22 May – with love and courage rather than hatred and fear”

"As well as honouring the victims and all those affected, it is important that we remember the extraordinary acts of courage and generosity of spirit which we have witnessed.

"The worst of times have in many ways brought out the best in the city."

Councillor Sue Murphy, who seconded the motion, also revealed plans for a permanent memorial dedicated the victims in the city.

Honorary citizenship is the highest honour a city can give apart from the freedom of the city, which has only been awarded four times since 2000.

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Ariana Grande has penned a heartfelt letter to fans, thanking them for their support during these difficult few weeks.

Last month, the singers concert was targeted by a suicide bomber who claimed the lives of 22 people at the Manchester Arena

Just two weeks later, Ariana returned to the city to stage the One Love Manchester benefit concert which raised over €2,000,000 for the victims and their families.

The inspirational singer has now resumed her Dangerous Woman tour and as she finished off the European leg, Ariana thanked her fans for sticking by her when she need them the most.

The 23-year-old took to Instagram to share a video of herself on stage, and wrote:

"At the close of this European leg of my Dangerous Woman tour, I just wanted to thank you properly for the overwhelming love and support you’ve shown me, my crew, and each other during this challenging time.Spending this time with you this month has been so very healing and special! Thank you for being here. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your generosity in supporting One Love Manchester and for helping the families as much as you possibly could.Thank you for bringing your absolute brightest, most passionate, contagious energy to these shows and for wiping my tears away.I'm immensely grateful!!!! I hope you can feel my love, wherever you are because I'm sending you all that I've got. See you so soon.  @alfredoflores @dangerouswomantour"

 

At the close of this European leg of my Dangerous Woman tour, I just wanted to thank you properly for the overwhelming love and support you’ve shown me, my crew, and each other during this challenging time. Spending this time with you this month has been so very healing and special! Thank you for being here. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your generosity in supporting One Love Manchester and for helping the families as much as you possibly could. Thank you for bringing your absolute brightest, most passionate, contagious energy to these shows and for wiping my tears away. I'm immensely grateful!!!! I hope you can feel my love, wherever you are because I'm sending you all that I've got. See you so soon. @alfredoflores @dangerouswomantour

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Fans were quick to reply with messages of love and support for the singer.

One said: “Thank you for being a true inspiration and showing all of us that love is more powerful then hate. i love you queen.”

While another wrote: "Love you so so much you are so strong and such a beacon of love and light. forever grateful and thankful. hopefully see you soon in london"

Ariana will now take her tour to Latin America before finishing off in Hong Kong this September.  

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Ariana Grande has lifted the suspension of the remainder of her European dates for her Dangerous Woman tour. 

The star suspended her tour after 22 people were killed and a further 59 injured in a suicide bombing at her concert in the Manchester Arena two weeks ago. 

 

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Posting a snap of the Eiffel Tower to her Instagram, the star shared the news that her tour was back on the road. 

'First show back tonight,' she captioned the post.

'Thinking of our angels every step of the way. I love you with all my heart.'

 

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'Grateful for and incredibly proud of my band, dancers and entire crew. I love you I love you.'

The admirable star organised a charity concert on Sunday to raise funds for the victims and families of the victims who were impacted by the horrific incident.

The gig boasted performers such as Miley Cyrus, Justin Bieber and Katy Perry. 

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Ariana Grande has visited the victims who were injured the Manchester attack, which claimed the lives of 22 people and injured 60 more. 

The star spent time with her fans at the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital last night.

The star shared a snap of the touching moment on her Instagram. 

 

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Ariana made the visit as a surprise for the victims ahead of a benefit concert organised by the singer on Sunday.

Victims also shared their snaps of the visit across social media, and were delighted to meet their idol in person.

Ariana will be performing in the city this Sunday, in the One Love Manchester benefit concert. 

The three-hour long concert will be held at Manchester's Old Trafford cricket ground, almost two weeks after the attack at the Manchester Arena took place.

 

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 Coldplay, Take That, Niall Horan, Usher, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus and Pharell William will all join Ariana on stage in an effort to to raise much needed proceeds and pay tribute to victims and their families.

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Ariana Grande just announced the line-up for 'One Love Manchester' – the benefit concert for the victims and families who were affected by the Manchester attack.

22 people died, and dozens more were injured after a suicide bomber let off an explosive device in the Manchester Arena. 

The singer, whose concert was targeted last week, has called on some of the best in the business to join her on stage in an effort to raise money for the 'We Love Manchester Emergency Fund'.

Justin Beiber, Katy Perry, Niall Horan, Miley Cyrus, Pharrell and Take That will all perform alongside Ariana at the Emirates Old Trafford in Manchester on June 4.

The concert will be broadcast to audiences across the globe on BBC Television and will be available to be streamed via a digital partner, soon to be announced.

According to reports, Ariana has offered free tickets to any fans who were at her show in Manchester last Monday.  

Fans have taken to Twitter to show their support for the concert, and what it stands for. 

Tickets for the concert will be on sale from Ticketmaster on June 1 at 10:00am. 

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Just one week after the horrific attack at Ariana Grande's concert in Manchester, the singer's mum, Joan, has posted an emotional tribute to the victims.

Taking to Twitter, Joan shared a statement to show her solidarity with the victims of the bombing, which claimed the lives of 22 people and injured 60 more. 

Joan often accompanies her daughter on tour and was at the concert at the time of the attack in Manchester. 

Joan reportedly sprung to action during the attack, escorting a group of children backstage at the concert to keep them safe after the bomb was detonated. 

'This past week I have spent in reflective thought, prayer and deep sorrow,' she wrote.

'I join my daughter in extending my help and services to all those affected by the diabolical act of terror which occurred in Manchester.'

 

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'My heart goes out to all the victims: those who lost their lives, those injured, those recovering and all survivors of that night, along with the families and friends whose grief knows no bounds.'

'I stand with you all in the face of evil and we stand together to never let it rule our lives!'

'Thank you to all those who helped in any way that night in Manchester.'

'I continually thank those who are and were in service protecting our freedoms every day all over the world! #MemorialDay,' shw finished.

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Ariana Grande has published a full statement regarding the Manchester attack which occurred at her Dangerous Woman concert on Monday night.

The star reached out to her fans via Instagram to say: 'My heart, prayers and deepest condolences are with the victims of the Manchester attack and their loved ones.'

'There is nothing I or anyone can do to take away the pain you are feeling or to make this better.'

 

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'I extend my hand and heart and everything I possibly can give to you and yours, should you want or need my help in any way.'

Ariana went on to say that she is 'more proud than you'll ever know' of the Manchester people's spirit and resilience. 

'I have been thinking of my fans, and all of you, non stop over the past week. The way you have handled all of this has been more inspiring and made me more proud than you'll ever know.'

 

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'The compassion, kindness, love, strength and oneness you've shown one another this past week is the exact opposite of the heinous intentions it must take to pull off something as evil as what happened Monday.'

'I am sorry for the pain and fear you must be feeling and for the trauma that you, too, must be experiencing,' she continued. 

She then confirmed that she will be performing in a benefit concert in aid of the victim's families in Manchester. 

 

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'Our response to this violence must to be to come closer together, to help each other, to love more, to sing louder and to live more kindly and generously than we did before.'

'I'll be returning to the incredibly brave city of Manchester to spend time with my fans and to have a benefit concert in honour of and to raise money for the victims and their families.'

'Manchester, I will have details to share with you as soon as everything is confirmed,' she finished. 

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Katy Perry is the latest start to pay tribute to the victims of Monday's terror attack in Manchester.

During an intimate one-off gig in London's The Water Rats pub, the singer dedicated her song, Part of Me, to the 22 people who lost their lives following the tragic event. 

A visibly emotional Katy told the crowd: "This week has been really hard. It sucked. It was hard for you guys and it was hard for me because we all love music.''

''We all listen to the same music. And you think about it and think, 'That's my friend, that's my sister, that's my cousin, that's my brother.'"

''I'm going to sing this next song [Part of Me] for them. They can never take that part away from us ever. Ever."

The moving tribute comes after Miley Cyrus and Harry Styles both dedicated performances to the Manchester victims. 

During a heartfelt rendition of Malibu, on The Voice US, Miley said: "I want to dedicate this song to my good friend Ariana Grande and everyone who experienced that horrific attack yesterday. Our hearts are with you."

Meanwhile, Harry spoke about the attack during a small gig in Mexico saying, ''Tonight doesn't feel like a night to celebrate.''

''Last night there was a tragedy in my hometown of Manchester. And I am left with a hole in my heart. I went to my first show in the arena and I've had some of my best experiences in Manchester.''

He added, ''I ask you to please choose love every single day.''

The Sign of The Times singer then held a minutes silence for the victims and their families.

 

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