Union J star Jaymi Hensley has taken to social media to pay tribute to two friends who were killed in Monday night’s terrorist attack at Manchester Arena.
The singer has revealed that he knew 18-year-old victim Georgina Callander and 29-year-old PR manager Martyn Hett, previously tweeting appeals to locate Martyn before his tragic death was confirmed.
Jaymi is understandably said to be “heartbroken” by his loss, with a source telling The Mirror: “Jaymi is in total bits. He knew Martyn and Georgina well and he was hoping both would be found safe and sound.
“He has no words.”
Ariana Grande superfan Georgina was the first victim to be named, sharing a collage of photos of the teen meeting himself and his Union J bandmates at a book signing, Jaymi wrote: “All day it’s been playing on my mind saying I know Georgina… Turns out I was right.
“Far too close to home! RIP beautiful girl.”
He later added: “Heartbroken.”
Jaymi also paid tribute to Martyn after his death was confirmed yesterday. Referencing the fact that the fun-loving blogger was due to start his two-month adventure in America this week, Jaymi wrote: “I was really hoping for this not to be true….
“RIP @martynhett . Today should have been the start of a trip of a lifetime. God Bless.”
Jaymi has been inundated with support from his dedicated followers, with many also paying their respects to the victims.
Jaymi’s poignant tributes came just before superstar Mariah Carey also took to her social media page to pay tribute to Martyn after learning that he was a huge fan of hers.
Sharing a photo of Martyn in a Mariah Carey T-shirt, the singer wrote: “Devastated to learn that one of the victims in Manchester was part of the #Lambily.
“RIP Martyn Hett. We will cherish your memory forever. His family and all the families affected are in my thoughts and prayers. MC”.
Martyn’s brother, Dan Hett, found the strength to make light of his devastating loss amid his grief, tweeting that Martyn’s death was a “bold social media move” in a bid to get noticed by his icon.
Sharing a screenshot of the post, Dan wrote: “I was a little dubious about Martyn’s recent bold social media move, but it worked”, proving that he shared his late brother’s fun-loving sense of humour, even in the hardest of times.
Monday night’s terrorist attack saw 22 people lose their lives and countless others being hospitalised with serious injuries after suicide bomber Salman Abedi detonated a homemade nail bomb as Ariana Grande concert-goers left Manchester Arena following her sold-out performance.
The star has since cancelled a string of her remaining tour dates, jetting home to the US in “hysterics” after tweeting that she has been left “broken” by the attack on her fans.