It has been reported that “traumatised” Ariana Grande is struggling to come to terms with the terrorist attack at Manchester Arena on Monday night.
The star had just finished performing her sold-out show in the arena when her fans were targeted by suicide bomber Salman Abedi, who detonated a homemade nail bomb near one of the exits at the venue, killing 22 and seriously injuring several others.
When news of the attack broke, Ariana took to Twitter to express her sorrow, writing that she was “broken” and “so, so sorry” to hear that her fans had lost their lives, returning to the United States “in hysterics” and consequently cancelling her upcoming tour dates.
Now an insider has opened up about how Ariana is coping behind the scenes, admitting that she is focusing more on how she can help the victims than her own turmoil.
Speaking to People magazine, a source explained: “[She’s] traumatised. Right now, her main headspace and focus is the victims and how she can help. It’s less about her and her own state, and it’s more about them.
“She’s alive, she’s safe. This isn’t about her – it’s about the victims.”
The comments come after TV presenter Ryan Seacrest opened up about Ariana’s wellbeing, revealing that he’d spoken to the singer’s manager Scooter Braun to find out how she was doing on Tuesday night.
Speaking out, Ryan told his fans: “I’ve been friends with Ariana Grande’s family for many, many years. And she, needless to say, is just devastated.
“They suspended her tour. She’s with family and, you know, I think there’s a lot of questions, some anger, because these are kids.
“These are kids who are looking forward, talking about it all day at school going to this show with their mums and dads and friends.
“That is was struck me so hard last night [Monday] when watching it and what was just most upsetting, because I’ve stood on these stages and I’ve seen these 11, 12-year-olds.”
Last night it was confirmed that Ariana had suspended her world tour in the wake of the Manchester attack, with all scheduled shows up until June 5 being cancelled – including two dates at London’s O2.
Her management said in a statement: “Due to the tragic events in Manchester the Dangerous Woman tour with Ariana Grande has been suspended until we can further assess the situation and pay our proper respects to those lost.
“The London O2 shows this week have been canceled as well as all shows through June 5 in Switzerland.
“We ask at this time that we all continue to support the city of Manchester and all those families affected by this cowardice and senseless act of violence.
“Our way of life has once again been threatened but we will overcome this together. Thank you.”
Ariana’s celebrity friends, including Miley Cyrus and Demi Lovato, publicly reached out to offer their support to the star as well as the victims of the attack.