Ariana Grande Was Traumatized & “Cried for Days” After Manchester

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Ariana Grande went from being a “normal” pop star to someone who survived a terrorist attack in a matter of minutes. On May 22, 2017, a suicide bomber murdered 22 people and harmed about 500 more after the singer’s concert at Manchester Arena in England. Ari was thankfully not harmed in the attack, but manager Scooter Braun says it still affected her tremendously.

The 36-year-old appeared on the Big Questions with Cal Fussman podcast and revealed that the 24-year-old was so traumatized after the bombing that she wasn’t sure if she’d be able to perform her songs ever again.

“When she found out that fans of hers had died she was so sad. She cried for days,” he said. “She felt everything — every face they announced, every name, she wore on her sleeve. Every bit of emotion because that’s who she is.”

Ari and Scooter eventually met with people who were injured and the families of victims, which he calls the “hardest two hours of either of our lives.”

He explained, “After the first family I had to help her, she was distraught and I was lost. It was beyond tough. But every single time we got down we reminded each other we get to go home. Our loved ones are still going to be there. That mother is never coming home, that daughter is never coming home, that son is never coming home, that dad is never coming home.”

The “Greedy” singer actually had Scooter begin the process of canceling the entire Dangerous Woman tour, but she ultimately decided to continue with the tour so the victims didn’t “die in vain.”

“We didn’t have the right to be so sad we couldn’t continue,” he concluded. “The terrorist made a mistake… they picked the wrong goddamn show because if they thought we were going to roll over they don’t know Ariana and they don’t know me.”