Ariana Grande's Mom Speaks Out After Manchester Attack
Joan Grande was heading backstage at the Manchester Arena to see her daughter when she heard the explosion.
Ariana Grande's mom has spoken out about the attack at her daughter's concert in Manchester, England, last week which killed 22 people and wounded more than 60 others.
Writing on the one-week anniversary of the tragic incident, Grande said she had spent those days “in reflective thought, prayer & deep sorrow."
Joan Grande, who serves as CEO of Hose-McCann Communications, a telephone and alarm system company, added, “I join my daughter in extending my help & services to all those affected by the diabolical act of terror which occurred in Manchester!” She continued, “My heart goes out to all the victims: those who lost their lives, those injured, those recovering & all survivors of that night, along with the families & friends whose grief knows no bounds. I stand with you all in the face of evil & we stand together to never let it rule our lives!”
Joan Grande was heading backstage at the Manchester Arena to see her daughter when she heard the explosion. She then helped usher a number of fans backstage after the blast, ABC News reported.
Her social media message noted, "Thank you to all those who helped in any way that night in Manchester. I continually thank those who are & were in service protecting our freedoms every day all over the world! #MemorialDay.” Read the message below.
Ariana Grande has since announced plans to return to Manchester to put on a concert to raise money for the victims. "We won't let hate win," read her statement about the benefit event. A date has yet to be announced.
This story originally appeared on Billboard.