Ariana Grande Finally Speaks Out About Pete Davidson’s Manchester Joke

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The deadly terrorist attack that happened after Ariana Grande‘s concert in Manchester last May was one of the most tragic things to ever happen, and yet Pete Davidson still felt that it was appropriate to make a joke about the bombing. He basically said, during a stand-up routine at Laugh Factory in L.A. five months after the incident, that what happened proves how famous Ari is because “Britney Spears didn’t have a terrorist attack at her concert.”

This joke, which many people were only made aware of recently, caused an understandable amount of backlash from Arianators, survivors and the victims’ families. Charlotte Hodgson, the mother of 15-year-old Olivia Campbell-Hardy, who tragically died in the attack, called the 24-year-old’s words “disgusting” and urged him to apologize, which he has not yet done. But while Pete hasn’t spoken out about his distasteful humor, Ariana finally addressed it in response to a fan who expressed her disgust.

“I respect Ariana and I want her to be happy and everything, but she was just broken after the Manchester bombing, so I don’t know why she is still with Pete,” @ariissalegend tweeted. “Like yeah he made that joke a while ago, but like it’s not funny, it’s just rude. This is my opinion.”

The “No Tears Left to Cry” singer hit the reply button and said, “This has been v tough & conflicting on my heart. he uses comedy to help ppl feel better ab how f-ed up things in this world are. we all deal w trauma differently. I of course didn’t find it funny. it was months ago & his intention wasn’t/ is never malicious but it was unfortunate. i hear and respect you all always.”

AG obviously doesn’t condone her fiancé’s words, but she wants to make it clear that he didn’t mean any harm. In fact, Pete is known for crude humor, including making jokes about his father’s death in the 9/11 terrorist attack. This does not excuse his joke about Manchester, however, and, given the fact that he’s literally marrying a girl who was directly affected by what happened, he should really think about saying sorry.