Ariana Grande Vows To Return To Manchester For Benefit Concert

Katie Jerkovich | Entertainment Reporter

Ariana Grande vowed Friday to return to Manchester to hold a benefit concert for victims of the suicide bombing outside of her Monday concert that killed 22 people.

“There is nothing I or anyone can do to take away the pain you are feeling or to make this better,” Grande wrote in a letter posted on her Instagram to those affected by the attack. “However, I extend my hand and heart and everything I possibly can give to you and yours should you want or need my help in anyway.”  (RELATED: Police: 19 Confirmed Dead After Explosion At Ariana Grande Concert In Manchester)

FILE PHOTO - Ariana Grande performs at Z100's Jingle Ball in Manhattan, New York, U.S., December 9, 2016. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly/Files

FILE PHOTO – Ariana Grande performs at Z100’s Jingle Ball in Manhattan, New York, U.S., December 9, 2016. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly/Files

“We will not quit or operate in fear,” she added. “We won’t let this divide us. We won’t let hate win. I don’t want to go the rest of the year without being able to see and hold and uplift my fans, the same way they continue to uplift me.”

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“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,” she continued. “I want to thank my fellow musicians and friends for reaching out to be part of our expression of love for Manchester. I will have details to share with you as soon as everything is confirmed.”

“We will continue to honor the ones we lost, their loved ones, my fans, and all affected by this tragedy,” Grande wrote. “They will be on my mind and in my heart everyday and I will think of them with everything I do for the rest of my life.”

Grande announced Wednesday that she had postponed her “Dangerous Woman” tour in Europe through June 5.

Katie Jerkovich

Entertainment Reporter

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