Harry Styles Pays Tribute to Bombing Victims While Performing in Manchester
Next month will mark the one-year anniversary of the terrorist bombing that took place at an Ariana Grande in Manchester, U.K. and claimed the lives of 22 innocent people. Harry Styles grew up just outside of Manchester and returned to the city to perform a show at the very same venue where the attack occurred.
It was obviously an emotional night for all parties involved and the 24-year-old couldn’t let the evening conclude without saying something about what happened there just one year prior. Before he sang “Just a Little Bit of Your Heart,” which is a song he wrote and gave away to Ari, he paid tribute to all those affected by the bombing.
“I grew up coming to my first concerts in this room; I love this room. […] The next song that we’re going to play for you I wrote a few years ago, and I gave it to a singer called Ariana Grande,” he told the crowd. “And she sang it a few times and now we’re gonna do our version of it for you. And if you can find some way to join in then please do so. I stand with you, Manchester.”
The day after the attack, Hazza played a show in Mexico City. He said he planned to “come and celebrate” with the crowd, but didn’t feel right to perform like nothing was wrong when he was “left with a hole in [his] heart.”
He continued, “I went to my first show in the arena and I’ve had some of the best experiences of my life playing in Manchester. We have a choice, every single day that we wake up, of what we can put into the world, and I ask you to please choose love every single day.”
He then led the crowd in a moment of silence for the victims and continued with the altered gig.
What a sweet soul.