Manchester attack victim guest of honour at Harry Styles' BBC special

Earlier this month it was announced that Harry Styles was following in Adele’s footsteps and had been granted a one-hour BBC special, where he will perform and talk about his glittering career with close friend and Radio 1 DJ Nick Grimshaw.

Set to air in November, the special was filmed in Manchester last night, with fans travelling from as far as Australia to sit in the audience.

Harry dedicated his hit single ‘Sign Of The Times’ to Freya.

Now multiple lucky attendees of the special have taken to social media to reveal that Manchester attack victim Freya Lewis was guest of honour at the event, with Harry even dedicating his debut solo single, ‘Sign Of The Times’ to her.

Writing on Twitter, one fan revealed: “Harry dedicated Sign Of The Times to a girl named Freya who was [in] attendance in a wheelchair, she got injured at the Manchester attack.”

Several other accounts have verified this although Freya’s attendance has not yet been mentioned on her dad’s blog that documents the 14-year-old schoolgirl’s progress.


Freya was leaving Ariana Grande’s concert on Monday 22 May with her best friend, Nell Jones, when suicide bomber Salman Abedi detonated a homemade nail bomb near one of the exits at the venue, killing 22 and seriously injuring several others.

Tragically, Nell died at the scene but Freya was rescued by a heroic couple who took her outside and began giving her CPR.

The teen was rushed to hospital and spent 10-and-a-half hours in surgery as well as a second operation to remove shrapnel.

Harry filming his one-off BBC special last night.

Harry phoned Freya in hospital after learning that she is a huge fan of his and that she is currently a student at his old secondary school, Holmes Chapel Comprehensive and Sixth Form in Cheshire.

Writing at the time, Freya’s sister Georgia shared: “Cannot believe it, Mr Harry Styles just rang my dad. Hearing his voice has been a great lift and Freya has totally woken up and is completely in shock that he rang.

“They told each other that she loved him!!! [sic] Thank you everyone for everything!!! I love you all!!!!

Freya’s best friend Nell Jones tragically died in the attack.

“Everyone is jumping for joy in the PICU unit. I’m so happy right now, I have no words. Reluctantly, I will admit it, I love you Harry!!!!!!!! [sic]”

According to lucky audience attendees, Harry performed his entire album for the BBC special and took part in a number of skits, which fans will be able to watch when the show airs on BBC One later this year.

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