Musicians, Hollywood Stars Heartbroken Over Manchester Terror Attack
"Music is supposed to be a safe place. Only a coward would attempt to devalue that."
The music world is rocked with grief after the Monday night attack at Ariana Grande's concert in Manchester, England.
The Islamic State group claimed responsibility Tuesday for the explosion that left 22 people dead and 59 injured, forcing young concertgoers to flee the Manchester Arena, some still wearing the pop star's signature kitten ears. Greater Manchester Police said the bomber was killed in the attack and they have arrested a 23-year-old man in connection with the bombing.
British Prime Minister Theresa May called the suicide blast "a callous terrorist attack," President Donald Trump condemned the attackers as "evil losers" and Queen Elizabeth described the tragedy as "an act of barbarity." Hillary Clinton led the many politicians who took to Twitter to say she was "outraged & angry about this cowardly terror attack on a crowd of young people."
Music stars and celebrities flooded social media to share their deepest sympathies to Grande, the people of Manchester and to concertgoers everywhere. Grande, who emerged safely from the venue, took to Twitter shortly after the attack to say she was "broken from the bottom of my heart."
Tyler Oakley and Emilie de Ravin mourned the first victim named in the attack, 18-year-old Georgina "Gina" Callander, of Manchester, with photos of themselves with the fan. Callander last took to Instagram to document her excitement about attending the Grande concert ahead of Monday night. The teenager, who was pictured with Grande at a concert two years ago, said she was "so excited" to see Grande the following day. “Georgina was a lovely young student who was very popular with her peers and the staff and always made the most of the opportunities she had at the school,” said Callander's school in a statement confirming her death.
Saffie Roussos, aged 8, was the second victim who has been identified so far. She was described by a teacher as "simply a beautiful little girl in every aspect of the word. She was loved by everyone and her warmth and kindness will be remembered fondly. Saffie was quiet and unassuming with a creative flair."
See the reactions as they continue to pour in on social media below and follow the developing story here.
broken.— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) May 23, 2017
from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don't have words.
just found out. sending love to Gina's friends, family, & community - what a tragic loss. rest in peace. pic.twitter.com/lrGsnqUJhE— Tyler Oakley (@tyleroakley) May 23, 2017
My thoughts, prayers and tears for all those affected by the Manchester tragedy tonight. I'm sending all my love.— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) May 23, 2017
My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone affected in Manchester.— Selena Gomez (@selenagomez) May 23, 2017
I'm heartbroken over what happened in Manchester tonight.— Harry Styles. (@Harry_Styles) May 23, 2017
Sending love to everyone involved. H
Broken hearted for the families tonight. Broken hearted for Ari. Broken hearted for the state of this world.— KATY PERRY (@katyperry) May 23, 2017
My thoughts and prayers are with the people of Manchester, any one affected, @ArianaGrande and the entire crew. Heartbreaking— P!nk (@Pink) May 23, 2017
Sending love to the U.K., @ArianaGrande and all of her supporters who were caught up in this awful attack. Heartbreaking.— John Legend (@johnlegend) May 23, 2017
Thoughts, prayers and my whole are with Manchester this evening.— Jennifer Lopez (@JLo) May 23, 2017
Stunned by the news coming in from the UK… my thoughts are with the fans and families at Ariana’s Manchester show. Awful— Ryan Seacrest (@RyanSeacrest) May 22, 2017
While I am still reeling after last night's atrocity, I keep hearing of extraordinary acts of kindness and bravery in Manchester. #LoveWins— Ellie Goulding (@elliegoulding) May 23, 2017
Heartache and prayers for Manchester pic.twitter.com/uvrJiQQNB0— Mia Farrow (@MiaFarrow) May 23, 2017
Up early & ready about what happened in Manchester. This is truly so senseless & heart breaking. My heart goes out to everyone involved— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) May 23, 2017
Sending love and condolences to the good people of #Manchester .— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) May 23, 2017
Remember the thrill of your very first concert? The buzz of the crowd. The music loud. A place to trust. To be free. Not this. #Manchester— Ava DuVernay (@ava) May 23, 2017
The world we live in...all my love to Manchester...wow.— Zendaya (@Zendaya) May 23, 2017
Off to work.— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) May 23, 2017
Our prayers and strength to the victims and their families involved in this tragedy. Stay strong. @ArianaGrande— Christina Aguilera (@xtina) May 23, 2017
Hold each other close today and everyday. Love is the only way to answer to something this hateful— Sam Smith (@samsmithworld) May 23, 2017
To see what has happened in Manchester makes me really sad. My thoughts are with those that are experiencing such tragedy at this time x— Liam (@LiamPayne) May 23, 2017
Sending all my love to every single family at the Manchester show last night. So upsetting— Louis Tomlinson (@Louis_Tomlinson) May 23, 2017
Sending prayers to @ArianaGrande & all those who are with her also... I know this has to be difficult & heartbreaking for everyone— Missy Elliott (@MissyElliott) May 23, 2017
manchester. all our thoughts and prayers are with you. this is so tragic.— Mark Ronson (@MarkRonson) May 23, 2017
My thoughts & prayers are with those in Manchester. We just played there Sat & love that amazing city. Shocking & sad. #Manchester— Sheryl Crow (@SherylCrow) May 23, 2017
Can't believe what happened in #Manchester. So sad! My thoughts are with all the victims and their families— David Guetta (@davidguetta) May 23, 2017
Sick over the incident in Manchester. Such tragic and wildly senseless manifestations of pain. I'm so sorry and so sad.— Sara Bareilles (@SaraBareilles) May 23, 2017
Music is supposed to be a safe place. Only a coward would attempt to devalue that.— NE-YO (@NeYoCompound) May 23, 2017
Can't fathom last nights attack.Innocent young fans and families going to watch their favourite artist in concert and this happens.— Niall Horan (@NiallOfficial) May 23, 2017