Why Demi Lovato Isn’t Performing at the Manchester Bombing Benefit Concert
Ariana Grande‘s goal for her fans following the terrorist attack at her Manchester concert that left 22 dead and ~60 injured was “to come closer together, to help each other, to love more, to sing louder and to live more kindly and generously than we did before.” The 23-year-old is doing her best to make all those things happen, starting with the One Love Manchester benefit concert that’s happening Sunday, June 4, in Manchester.
The former Nickelodeon star will be joined by Justin Bieber, Coldplay, Katy Perry, Niall Horan, Miley Cyrus, Pharrell Williams, Usher and Take That at the show, and all proceeds are going directly to the families and victims of the attack. One person who’s NOT on the list of performers, however, is Demi Lovato, who wanted to let everyone know why she won’t be attending the monumental concert.
The 24-year-old got a lot of backlash for her comment, as people thought the response was snarky and rude. She later clarified that the only reason she even responded was because she would “hate for anyone to think [she] said no” to making an appearance because she “would’ve loved to help.”
Ummm, okay? Demi has never been able to bite her tongue, but hopefully she’ll learn soon.
Remembering the nine teens and one child who died in the Manchester bombing:
Georgina Callander, 18
Georgina Bethany Callander, from Whittle-le-Woods in Lancashire, was the first victim to be named. Her friend confirmed that the teen passed away in the hospital the day after the attack, with the victim's mother at her side.
The 18-year-old was a student at Runshaw College in Leyland, where she was studying Health and Social Care. The school released the following statement soon after the news broke: "It is with enormous sadness that it appears that one of the people who lost their lives in Monday's Manchester attack was one of our students here at Runshaw College. Georgina Callander was a former Bishop Rawstorne pupil studying with us on the second year of her Health and Social Care course."
"Our deepest sympathies, thoughts and prayers go out to all of Georgina's friends, family, and all of those affected by this loss," the statement continued. "We are offering all available support possible at this tragic time, including counseling with our dedicated student support team."
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