Ariana Grande is safe following reported explosions that left several dead and others injured at her Manchester, England, concert on Monday, May 22, Billboard reports. According to the site, the singer’s rep confirmed she’s “OK.”
Grande, 23, later tweeted that she was “broken,” adding “from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don’t have words.”
from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don’t have words.
— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) May 23, 2017
TMZ reports that the singer, who was in the midst of a world tour and was set to perform in London on Thursday, May 25, was “in hysterics” after learning that 19 of her fans had been killed in the attack and has suspended her tour indefinitely.
“Tonight, our hearts are broken. Words cannot express our sorrow for the victims and families harmed in this senseless attack,” Grande’s manager Scooter Braun tweeted late on Monday. “We mourn the lives of children and loved ones taken by this cowardly act. We are thankful for the selfless service tonight of Manchester’s first responders who rushed towards danger to help save lives. We ask all of you to hold the victims, their families, and all those affected in your hearts and prayers.”
— Scooter Braun (@scooterbraun) May 23, 2017
As previously reported, concertgoers took to social media to document the hysteria that occurred after two huge explosions allegedly went off inside the arena shortly after the singer left the stage. Emergency services responded to the scene and the Manchester police department confirmed via social media that “there are a number of confirmed fatalities and others injured.”
According to the Manchester police department, 22 have been confirmed dead and about 59 people were injured.
A concertgoer told Us Weekly that the explosions happened at the end of the concert. “Everyone immediately started running out and screaming. It’s absolute chaos,” the eyewitness said. “There’s a helicopter circling the area and armed police officers everywhere. Lots of people are stranded because the trains aren’t leaving Manchester now and the bus station is closed. We’re stuck in the car park.”
“Kids were crying, [moms] were picking their kids up and running for the exits — there were people lying injured and being trampled on as everyone tried to get out,” concertgoer Matt Ledger, 19, told Express.co.uk. “The bang made everyone shake.”