The 23-year-old singer was not hurt, but sources are revealing that she was “in hysterics” after learning about the casualties at her show. Ariana has also officially canceled all her shows for the next two weeks. Her next scheduled concert is June 7th in Paris, but it is unclear if that will be canceled as well.
“She’s in no condition to perform,” a source told TMZ.
Ariana also spoke out following the tragic incident, tweeting, “broken. from the bottom of my heart, I am so so sorry. I don’t have words.”
The New York Times is reporting that the Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attack.
Laura Bruce, 18, was in the arena when she heard the explosion. “Everyone below us just turned and ran,” she said. “Because we were higher up, we could not get out for five minutes. When we came out, a man walked past us just covered in blood.”
Two victims that have been confirmed are 8-year-old Saffie Rose Roussos, who was attending the concert with her mother and sister, and Georgina Bethany Callander, an 18-year-old student.
Queen Elizabeth II released a statement offering her deepest sympathies. “The whole nation has been shocked by the death and injury in Manchester last night of so many people, adults and children, who had just been enjoying a concert,” she added.
Ariana’s manager Scooter Braun also spoke out about the bombing, writing, “Tonight, our hearts are broken. Words cannot express our sorrow for the victims and families harmed in this senseless attack.
He continued, “We mourn the lives of children and loved ones taken by this cowardly act. We are thankful for the selfless service tonight of Manchester’s first responders who rushed towards danger to help save lives. We ask all of you to hold the victims, their families, and all those affected in your hearts and prayers.”