Creepy. It looks as though pop star Ariana Grande may have predicted the infamous terrorist attack that took place at her Manchester, UK show last May, only three months before the tragedy took place. In her new YouTube docuseries, Dangerous Woman Diaries, Ariana gives her fans a behind-the-scenes look at what went down during her tour, including some footage of a backstage plea to “make everybody feel safe” during her show in Phoenix, according to the Sun.
In the recently posted YouTube clip, Ari can be seen in a pre-show huddle with her dancers, when she gives a bit of an eerie speech. “There’s so much scary s–t happening right now. So, like, let’s just make everybody feel safe… in being who they are tonight,” the singer clearly spoke from the heart. “And especially when they leave. Let’s leave them with something special tonight.” The world has been a crazy place lately, so we get where Ari’s coming from. But the timing is just too weird.
Ariana’s life and career has undoubtedly been shaped by this tragedy and recently, she also shared a letter she wrote to fans just eight months after the attack, as part of her docuseries. “I’m writing to you this [on] February 22, 2018. It’s been eight months since the attack at our show at the Manchester Arena. It’s impossible to know where to start or to know what to say about this part. May 22, 2017, will leave me speechless and filled with questions for the rest of my life.”
The 25-year-old songstress went on to talk about music’s ability to make her, and others, feel safe. “Music is an escape. Music is the safest thing I’ve ever known. Music — pop music, stan culture — is something that brings people together, introduces them to some of their best friends, and makes them feel like they can be themselves. It is comfort. It is fun. It is expression. It is happiness. It is the last thing that would ever harm someone. It is safe.” She followed up the strong statement with expressing her horror that something that was so “poisonous” could happen in such a safe space.
Her final words of the statement were a heartfelt ode to the city of Manchester. “The people of Manchester were able to change an event that portrayed the worst of humanity into one that portrayed the most beautiful of humanity. ‘Like a handprint on my heart’… I think of Manchester constantly and will carry this with me every day for the rest of my life.”
Ariana is said to have raised almost $22 million when she returned to Manchester just weeks after the attack for the One Love Manchester benefit concert.
Our hearts are with you now and always, Ari.