Just two short weeks ago our country was subjected to yet another terrible act of violence. On 22nd May 2017 a suicide bombing occurred at Manchester Arena, Manchester following a concert by American singer Ariana Grande.
Among the 23 who lost their lives and the 100+ injured in the blast were parents and children. It just doesn’t bear thinking about, does it? My heart has been with everyone affected ever since.
My perception of Ariana Grande previous to this was somewhat tainted, Mia watches Sam & Cat and Victorious religiously and if I’m honest I found her hard to tolerate.
But when my phone became inundated with breaking news alerts on that fateful night I felt for her. I couldn’t even begin to comprehend how she must have felt, and I certainly don’t blame her for heading home to her loved ones as soon as she could. Home is where the heart is, especially at times like this.
In the days that followed she released a heartfelt statement, offered to pay for victim’s funerals, donated sales from her now poignant song ‘One Last Time’, visited victim’s families and the injured in hospital and organised a huge fundraising concert in the heart of Manchester.
I watched One Love Manchester with tears in my eyes and goosebumps on my skin.
It was a truly beautiful tribute to all involved in the tragedy. Those involved included Liam Gallagher, Robbie Williams, Miley Cyrus and Coldplay. Ariana concluded the concert with an amazing cover of ‘Somewhere Over The Rainbow’ and I think you would have been hard pushed to find a single person watching whose heart didn’t break a little.
The strength, commitment and bravery she has shown is phenomenal. At just 23 years old she has shown more courage than many twice her age.
She has gone from teen TV star, adored by the younger generation all over the world, to an idol for people of all ages.
The love she has shown to the people of Manchester all whilst coming to terms with the tragedy herself is stunning. Next time, when Mia sings along to Ariana’s latest song I won’t say ‘oh Mia sing something else’ – I’ll sing along, loud and proud.
In my eye’s, she has broken the mould. She isn’t just another TV star caught up in the celebrity lifestyle, she’s a young lady with a beautiful soul. She is my daughter’s idol – and I couldn’t think of anyone I’d rather her admire.
Hats off to you Ariana Grande, and thank you.
Follow the link to donate as little or as much as you can to the Red Cross We Love Manchester Emergency Fund.