Ariana Grande ‘suffered trauma’ and ‘cried for days’ following the Manchester Arena terrorist attack and felt ‘every name’ of the victims who died in the bombing, her manager has said.
Scooter Braun said he and the singer met 19 families who had lost loved ones, which was the ‘hardest two hours of either of our lives’.
Ariana suffered from trauma after the attack and questioned whether she could sing her songs ever again, he added.
The 24-year-old had just left the stage last May for her Dangerous Woman tour, when a suicide bomber detonated a bomb in the foyer, leaving 22 people dead.
Speaking on the Big Questions with Cal Fussman podcast, he said: ‘When she found out that fans of hers had died she was so sad.
‘She cried for days, she felt everything – every face they announced, every name, she wore on her sleeve. Every bit of emotion because that’s who she is.’
Ariana and her manager, who is also Justin Bieber’s manager, visited the families and injured at the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital – something which Scooter described as the ‘hardest two hours of either of our lives.’
‘After the first family I had to help her, she was distraught and I was lost. It was beyond tough. But every single time we got down we reminded each other we get to go home,’ he recalled.
‘Our loved ones are still going to be there. That mother is never coming home, that daughter is never coming home, that son is never coming home, that dad is never coming home.’
Scooter went on to describe why Ariana decided to continue with her world tour – and it was a difficult decision for the Bang Bang hitmaker.
‘We didn’t have the right to be so sad we couldn’t continue. The terrorist made a mistake… they picked the wrong goddamn show,’ Scooter said.
‘Because if they thought we were going to roll over they don’t know Ariana and they don’t know me.’
More than 50,000 people attended One Love Manchester concert held in June, in honour of the victims.
Performers included the singer’s boyfriend’s Mac Miller, and friends Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry, the Black Eyed Peas, Victoria Monet, Pharrell Williams, Take That, Coldplay, Niall Horan, Robbie Williams and Justin Bieber.
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All proceeds from the concert went to the Red Cross’s Manchester Emergency Fund to help victims and families impacted by the attack.
Those who were at the original gig were offered free tickets, and additional tickets sold out in just six minutes.
The show ultimately raised $13 million (£9.3 million) for those affected by the bombing.
‘The star of the show in my opinion, other than Ariana, was the crowd,’ Scooter added.
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