Ariana Grande Suspends Tour in Wake of Manchester Terror Attack
Five people have been arrested in connection to the Monday night attack on the singer's concert that claimed 22 lives.
Ariana Grande has suspended her Dangerous Woman tour in the wake of Monday night's Manchester, England, terror attack that claimed 22 lives. Another 59 people were injured when an explosion struck at Grande's concert at the Manchester Arena.
"Due to the tragic events in Manchester, the Dangerous Woman tour with Ariana Grande has been suspended until we can further assess the situation and pay our proper respects to those lost,” the singer’s management at Universal Music said Wednesday in a statement. “The London O2 shows this week have been canceled, as well as all shows thru June 5 in Switzerland. We ask at this time that we all continue to support the city of Manchester and all those families affected by this cowardice and senseless act of violence. Our way of life has once again been threatened but we will overcome this together. Thank you.”
After the attack, Grande quickly took to Twitter to say that she was "broken" by the incident. "From the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry," she wrote. "I don't have words."
The singer's management later put out a lengthier statement: "Tonight, our hearts are broken. Words cannot express our sorrow for the victims and families harmed in this senseless attack. 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."
Manchester police have arrested five people in connection with the attack as of Wednesday afternoon. The bomber, Salman Abedi, a 22-year-old British citizen who grew up around Manchester, died in the attack.
Britain will hold a national minute of silence on Thursday at 11 a.m. local time to remember those who died or were affected. Officials said flags will remain at half-mast on government buildings until Thursday night.
Grande's canceled shows include upcoming performances in London, Belgium, Poland, Germany and Switzerland. The European leg of her tour is scheduled to wrap June 17 in Turin, Italy, before heading to Latin American, Asia and then Australia and New Zealand.
The singer has since returned home to Florida.