Ariana Grande Breaks Down While Talking About Manchester Attack

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It’s been almost one whole year since a terrorist bomber killed 22 people and injured hundreds more at Ariana Grande‘s concert in Manchester, UK. And although the singer has come a long way since going through that horrific event, the heartache is still incredibly real.

The 24-year-old singer was asked about making music after the bombing for Time magazine’s Next Generation Leaders issue and she couldn’t help but be overcome with emotion. The author of the piece writes, “She begins to cry — not graceful tears, but deep, choking sobs.”

“There are so many people who have suffered such loss and pain,” Ari says through tears. “The processing part is going to take forever…”

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She is unable to finish her thought before she says she doesn’t want to talk about the attack.

She explains, “I don’t want to give it that much power, something so negative. It’s the absolute worst of humanity. That’s why I did my best to react the way I did. The last thing I would ever want is for my fans to see something like that happen and think it won.”

“Music is supposed to be the safest thing in the world,” she continues. “I think that’s why it’s still so heavy on my heart every single day. I wish there was more that I could fix. You think with time it’ll become easier to talk about. Or you’ll make peace with it. But every day I wait for that peace to come and it’s still very painful.”

Ari wrote new single “No Tears Left to Cry” about finally getting her feet back on the ground after feeling upside-down for so long.

She admits, “When I started to take care of myself more, then came balance, and freedom, and joy; it poured out into the music. We’ve messed with the idea of not being able to find the ground again, because I feel like I’m finally landing back on my feet now.”