It has been 14 months since the tragic Manchester bombing that took place at Ariana Grande’s concert in England. Although time has passed, the event is still understandably weighing heavy on the heart of the pop singer who is doing promo for her new album “Sweetener.”
The 25-year-old stopped by Beats 1 radio with Ebro Darden to chat about life, love, music, and more. She played her new track called “Get Well Soon” that she wrote with the victims of the attack in mind.
The lyrics to the song include: “This is for everybody/Babe, you gotta take care of your body, yuh yuh/Ain’t no time to deny it, that is why we talking about it/Yeah, we talking about it/So deal with it, don’t try to get by it/Ain’t no time to deny it/So we had to sit down and just write it.”
After the track ended, Ariana was visibly upset. She broke down in tears while explaining how her life and the lives of others have changed since the unfortunate turn of events,
“Obviously [if you see it] on the news it affects you but not in the same way. You feel bad, you tweet it, you post a picture, you send your condolences, you say something and move on…But then Christmas comes and you’re thinking about it. It’s like… f***… I’m so sorry. It’s like people are permanently affected by this s*** and it’s just like… perspective. It changes everything, changes your life quite a bit. You want to be more present and follow happy impulses and figure it out later and stay in the moment,” the “Bed” singer explained.
She went on to speak about how she has had to buff up security not only around her personally but also at her concerts.
“The truth is that it’s f****** scary going anywhere and you look at places differently and travelling. I don’t like to have security come with me everywhere, I don’t like to do those things, it makes me feel [inhuman] and weird. I don’t like it. I don’t want to have metal detectors at my shows and having people taking tiny a** bags into my shows but… you’d better bring a f****** tiny a** bag, you know what I mean? It’s scary and this is some real s***. You don’t want to give in and be afraid, but it’s still there.”
Ariana showed immense courage by returning to the U.K so soon after the bombing to visit victims and host a benefit concert for the victims of the attack. We are praying for her healing and the well-being of those affected by the senseless act of violence.