Ariana Grande resumes world tour following Manchester terror attack

The singer, who hosted hugely popular benefit show for the victims of the arena attack last weekend, said she was ‘grateful to be back’

After postponing her tour in the wake of the terror attack at her Manchester concert on 22 May, Ariana Grande has returned to the stage in Paris.

The US pop star resumed her Dangerous Woman tour at the city’s AccorHotels Arena, writing afterwards on Instagram, “Merci, Paris ♡ Je t’aime Grateful to be back”.

Earlier in the day, she had posted another Instagram message referring to the victims of the Manchester attack, saying: “Thinking of our angels every step of the way. I love you with all my heart.”

22 people were killed in the foyer of the Manchester Arena immediately following Grande’s concert, in a suicide bomb attack that injured 119 others. Grande immediately postponed further UK tour dates, and set about organising a benefit concert, One Love Manchester, which was held last weekend at the city’s Old Trafford cricket ground. With its remarkable roster of pop stars, including Justin Bieber, Coldplay and Katy Perry, the concert became the UK’s most viewed TV show of the year, with 14.5 million people watching. It helped to raise more than £10m in donations for the victims and their families.

Grande closed that show with a rendition of Somewhere Over the Rainbow, which has since been released as a charity single. Her current single One Last Time is expected to soar up this week’s charts, which will be announced on Friday.


Ben Beaumont-Thomas

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