It should come as no surprise to learn that Ariana Grande was raised by a strong woman.

Ari’s mom, Joan, recently took to Twitter to break her silence for the first time about the horrific attack at the 23-year-old’s Manchester concert that left 22 people dead and more than 100 injured.

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In a post shared on Twitter, the mother-of-two made a strong declaration to stand not only with her daughter, but all the people who refuse to let fear dictate their lives in the wake of this horrific tragedy.

“This past week I have spent in reflective thought, prayer, and deep sorrow. I join my daughter in extending my help and services to all those affected by the diabolical act of terror which occurred in Manchester! 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 friends and families whose grief knows no bounds,” she wrote. “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 in and were in service protecting our freedoms every day all over the world!”

This comes shortly after Ariana broke her silence on the attack, vowing to return to Manchester for a benefit concert.

“I’ll be returning to the incredibly brave city of Manchester to spend time with my fans and to have a benefit concert in honor of and to raise money for the victims and their families. I want to thank my fellow musicians and friends for reaching out to be a part of our expression of love for Manchester,” Ariana shared on social media. “From the day we started the Dangerous Woman Tour together, I said that this show, more than anything else, was intended to be a safe space for my fans. A place for them to escape, to celebrate, to heal, to feel safe, and to be themselves. To meet their friends they’ve made online. To express themselves. This will not change that.”

It has since been revealed that the concert will take place this Sunday, with names like Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Coldplay, Pharrell, Usher, and Niall Horan joining Ariana to celebrate the wonderful and strong-willed city.

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