Ariana Grande's drummer reveals backstage aftermath of Manchester terrorist attack

Ariana Grande’s drummer, Aaron Spears, has spoken out on the terrorist attack that targeted Ariana’s fans as they left Manchester Arena following her concert last night.

So far, 22 people have lost their lives in the attack with a further 59 being seriously injured, and Ariana is understandably said to be ‘in hysterics’ following the devastating incident.

Ariana Grande (Photo: Reuters)
Ariana has been left ‘broken’ by the attack.

Now Aaron has shed some light on what exactly was going on backstage when a bomb exploded in the venue’s foyer, killing Ariana’s fans.

Fox News anchor Steve Chenevey shared a message that Aaron had sent to him about the attack, reading: “We finished the show and were walking back to our dressing rooms and BOOM!!!!

“We could hear people, we had no idea what it was… There was all kinds of speculation as to what was going on.

“Five minutes after getting to the room, security came in and informed us that we had to evacuate the building immediately.

Aaron is Ariana’s drummer.
Aaron is Ariana’s drummer.

“It was then that we realised that this was serious. Initially we thought that the sound was all kind of things but it didn’t hit that this was a bomb until we evacuated and they told us exactly what was going on.

“It’s so heartbreaking because so many little ones attend our show… I just keep thinking about them.

“I’m extremely thankful that noone on the tour crew was physically hurt but this painful memory will live with us all forever.

“I’m still just in disbelief. It’s so surreal.”

Ariana super-fan Georgina Callander was killed in the attack.
Ariana super-fan Georgina Callander was killed in the attack.

Aaron also posted a message on social media that read: “I just wanted to let you know that we are ok. Everyone with the tour is ok but please pray for the families of the people who were injured and suffered loss tonight. Thank you.”

It has been reported that Ariana plans to suspend the rest of her world tour “indefinitely” following the attack, with her team worried for the singer’s wellbeing.

Last night, she tweeted her sorrow at what happened, telling her fans: “Broken. From the bottom of my heart, I am so so sorry. I don’t have words.”

The attacker struck after an Ariana Grande concert (PA)
The attacker struck as concert-goers were leaving Manchester Arena.

Her manager, Scooter Braun, also released a statement, which read: “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 of Manchester’s first responders who rushed towards danger to help save lives.

People have been sharing this poignant symbol in tribute to the victims.
People have been sharing this poignant symbol in tribute to the victims.

“We ask all of you to hold the victims, their families, and all those affected in your hearts and prayers.”

It has been confirmed that an eight-year-old girl, Saffie-Rose Roussos, is among the 22 victims of the attack, with many other teenagers and children still missing.

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