Ariana Grande has silently remembered the victims of the Manchester Arena bombing on Instagram to mark the two-year anniversary.
Shortly after Ariana, 25, finished her concert at Manchester Arena on 22 May 2017, terror attacker Salman Abedi detonated a bomb killing 22 of the pop star’s fans and injuring more than 100 people. While she is yet to speak out on the second anniversary, Ariana posted a bee emoji in her Instagram Stories early on Wednesday morning to commemorate the tragic incident.
Manchester uses the bee as a symbol of the worker bee and unity.
Ariana has previously spoken about how the incident affected her mental health and told TIME magazine in May 2018: ‘The last thing I would ever want is for my fans to see something like that happen and think it won. ‘Music is supposed to be the safest thing in the world. I think that’s why it’s still so heavy on my heart every single day. ‘I wish there was more that I could fix.’ She continued: ‘You think with time it’ll become easier to talk about. Or you’ll make peace with it. But every day I wait for that peace to come and it’s still very painful.’ Just a few weeks after the attack in June, Ariana bravely returned to the city of Manchester to host the One Love Manchester concert, which raised over £10 million for the victims and their families in just one month.
It came just hours after K-pop group BLACKPINK performed at Manchester Arena on Tuesday evening and honoured the victims. A message from the Ddu-du Ddu-du singers appeared on the screen above the stage, stating: ‘Blinks, thank you for being with us tonight.
‘It’s a privilege to be performing here in Manchester, especially at this time.’ The message continued: ‘We send our love and prayers to the friends and families who fought through the hard times. We are here for you. #OneLoveManchester.’
During their show, BLACKPINK dedicated the song Stay to Ariana and the victims of the attack. Showing respect for those affected, the four-piece girl group also changed the lyrics of their song Whistle from ‘blow up’ to ‘glow up’.