May 22, 2017 was a day littered with tragedy and heartbreak. It was the day a lone bomber detonated an explosive device at Ariana Grande‘s concert at the Manchester Arena. Ultimately, the horrific event took the lives 22 people and injured another 139. Now, two years later, the pop star took to her Instagram Stories on May 22, 2019, to pay tribute to the victims and their families.
The “Thank U, Next” songstress kept her tribute simple, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t extremely powerful. Rather than posting a long caption about the sad events that took place on that day, she simply posted a bee emoji to her Instagram Stories. For those of you who don’t know, the bee is a symbol of unity for the city of Manchester, so it makes sense why she chose to post just that. It’s also a symbol she chose to include at the end of her “No Tears Left to Cry” music video, and last year she got a tattoo of the insect behind her ear.
Ari wasn’t the only member of the Grande family who felt it was necessary to pay tribute and acknowledge the victims two years after the attack took place. Her mother, Joan Grande, took to Twitter to let the people of Manchester — and especially the victims — know that she’s in their thoughts on the two-year anniversary of the tragedy.
All my love Manchester, today and everyday… you are with me always, in my heart and in my mind. To ALL of you who have suffered and still suffer from tremendous loss, trauma or devastating injury.. I love you, I send you a warm hug, today and forever. #OneLove
— Joan Grande (@joangrande) May 22, 2019
“All my love Manchester, today and everyday… you are with me always, in my heart and in my mind. To ALL of you who have suffered and still suffer from tremendous loss, trauma or devastating injury.. I love you, I send you a warm hug, today and forever. #OneLove”
As for Ariana, well, she’ll be back. The 25-year-old will be headlining the 2019 Manchester Pride Festival in August, and she’s super stoked to return to a place that she’s been through so much with.
manchester babes, i’m so thrilled to be headlining pride. my heart. i cant wait to see u and i love u so so much.
— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) February 25, 2019
“manchester babes,” she tweeted back in February. “i’m so thrilled to be headlining pride. my heart. i cant wait to see u and i love u so so much.”
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