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.”
Monet and rapper BIA have been opening the European leg of the tour, and they were eight dates in. BIA also tweeted in the wake of the attack:
Grande herself also released very few words, while her celebrity pals have come to her side:
Little Mix, who served as the opening act on the North American side of the trek, shared an image of an empathy ribbon, featuring Grande’s signature Dangerous Woman bunny ears.
There are many others:
U.S. President Donald Trump spoke from the West Bank on Tuesday morning, calling the terrorists “evil losers,” while British Prime Minister Theresa May called the bombing “appalling.” Police say the bomber is dead, while a man who is connected to the attack is now in custody. ISIS has claimed responsibility.