Boston Marathon Bombing: U.K. Stars Tweet Support

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Simon Cowell, Victoria Beckham and Ricky Gervais were among the British stars to offer words of sadness and solidarity.

As the U.K. woke up Tuesday to ongoing news coverage of the events from the Boston Marathon across the Atlantic, British celebrities were quick to offer expressions of shock and support for victims. 

X Factor creator Simon Cowell, who spends much of his time in the U.S., wrote, “Watching the news. Horrendous. Please god no more bombs. Stay safe America.”

Victoria Beckham offered her support, tweeting: "Just seen the news, my thoughts are with the people of Boston x vb." 

Ricky Gervais apparently had just gotten off a plane when he heard the news. The comedian wrote late Monday: "Just landed in New York to the terrible news. My thoughts are with the people of Boston. Stay strong."

U.K. singer and former X Factor judge Cheryl Cole weighed in with a more vocal expression of grief, writing, “Sickened and saddened!! Thoughts go to everyone affected in Boston !! Stop this world. I want off #PrayforBoston.”

One Direction star Harry Styles was quick to write: “Just heard the news. So terribly sad. thoughts with everyone in Boston .x.,” while English model Kelly Brook tweeted: “Saddened and sending all my love to those suffering right now #Pray4Boston.”