In the hours of disbelief after the deadly terrorist attack at an Ariana Grande concert, those in Manchester and around the world are struggling to find words. Authorities have confirmed that 22 concertgoers have died after a bomber blasted the entrance of Manchester Arena, and 59 others were left injured. Hotels have opened their doors to teenagers who were separated at the concert. The community has taken to the streets to deliver water to those who need it. Grande has canceled the remaining 35 dates of her Dangerous Woman Tour.
Social media has been an outpouring of thoughts and prayers since the bombing, and on Tuesday morning, Grande’s Dangerous Woman Tour openers released brief statements on their Twitter accounts:
“I’m so hurt and frustrated. I don’t know how to handle this,” wrote Victoria Monet, Grande’s collaborator and close friend, who has written for her last three albums. “I can’t smile and I feel useless. I’m sorry. Lord help me find strength.”