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The Manchester Bombing Took a Scary Physical Toll on Ariana Grande

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Ariana Grande had PTSD after the Manchester bombing, which claimed the lives of 22 innocent people and injured hundreds more, but the aftermath of surviving a terrorist attack didn’t end there. The incident actually took a scary physical toll on the 24-year-old, as well.

“When I got home from tour, I had really wild dizzy spells, this feeling like I couldn’t breathe,” Ari tells ELLE. “I would be in a good mood, fine and happy, and they would hit me out of nowhere. I’ve always had anxiety, but it had never been physical before. There were a couple of months straight where I felt so upside down.”

The theme of feeling upside down was present in the “No Tears Left to Cry” music video, with the singer eventually “pickin’ it up” and getting back to her normal self.

It’s been almost a year since @ArianaGrande fled a UK terrorist attack that claimed 22 lives, injuring 500 more, at the sold-out Manchester show of Ariana’s Dangerous Woman tour. “When I got home from tour, I had really wild dizzy spells, this feeling like I couldn’t breathe,” she tells ELLE during her cover interview. “I would be in a good mood, fine and happy, and they would hit me out of nowhere. I’ve always had anxiety, but it had never been physical before. There were a couple of months straight where I felt so upside down.” She shared the experience with her friend Pharrell Williams. Together they created “Get Well Soon,” the final track on #Sweetener. Link in bio for our full conversation with #ArianaGrande and her mom, @joangrande, on life after the Manchester attack, "loving a bit more fearlessly," and the importance of being an ally. . . ELLE August 2018 credits: editor-in-chief: @ninagarcia creative director: #stephengan photographer: @alexilubomirski stylist: @natasharoyt hair: @thejoshliu makeup: @patrickta

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The newly engaged celebrity teamed up with Pharrell Williams to write “Get Well Soon,” the last song on her upcoming fourth album, Sweetener, to detail how she felt in the aftermath of the bombing.

“It’s all the voices in my head talking to one another,” she says of the tune’s meaning.

“‘They say my system is overloaded,'” she sings, “and then the background vocals say, ‘Girl, what’s wrong with you? Come back down.'”

Ariana says it’s still “terrifying” to get on stage, but she gets her strength from fans who fearlessly still show up to her shows.

She explains with tears rolling down her face, “It’s the most inspiring thing in the world that these kids pack the venue. They’re smiling, holding signs saying, ‘Hate will never win.’ Why would I second-guess getting on a f*cking stage and being there for them? That city, and their response? That changed my life.”

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