It’s been a week since Ariana Grande stopped in Manchester, England on her Dangerous Woman tour. It’s been a week since her fandom was struck by tragedy after a bomb went off in the lobby of the arena, taking the lives of 22 people and injuring dozens more. The attack struck the entire music community, many of them expressing their condolences to the victims and their families.

Since the bombing, Ariana has issued a statement and plans on going back to Manchester on Friday for a benefit concert. All of the proceeds will go to the families of the victims. Not only has Ariana and her manager Scooter Braun reflected on the events but her mom, Joan Grande, is coming forward as well.

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She took to Twitter on Memorial Day to let the world know exactly what she was thinking and how she was feeling. Joan wrote, “This past week I have spent in reflective thought, prayer & deep sorrow. I join my daughter in extending my help & services to all those affected by the diabolical act of terror which occurred in Manchester!”

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“My heart goes out to all the victims. Those who lost their lives, those injured, those recovering & all survivors of that night, along with the families & friends whose grief knows no bounds. I stand with you all in the face of evil & we stand together to never let it rule our lives!” Joan continued.

“Thank you to all those who helped in any way that night in Manchester. I continually thank those who are & were in service protecting our freedoms every day all over the world! #MemorialDay.”

Her message is powerful and speaks to the fact that the attack will not stop Ariana or her family from fighting evil and hate. Those events happened to try and provoke fear, but it did just the opposite. It has brought people closer and Joan is proving that with her statement.

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