Ariana Grande reveals she has PTSD from the Manchester bombing
Popstar Ariana Grande has said she is suffering from symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a result of the Manchester Arena bombing in May last year.
The star has opened up about how she has been coping emotionally since the terrorist attack, saying she’ll never be able to talk about the bombing without crying.
In an interview with for the July cover of British Vogue, the singer said: “It’s hard to talk about because so many people have suffered such severe, tremendous loss. But, yeah, it’s a real thing.”
“I know those families and my fans, and everyone there experienced a tremendous amount of it as well. Time is the biggest thing. I feel like I shouldn’t even be talking about my own experience – like I shouldn’t even say anything.
“I don’t think I’ll ever know how to talk about it and not cry.”
The singer had just finished a concert at Manchester Arena when 21-year old Salman Abedi detonated a suicide bomb in the foyer area, killing 22 people as they left the venue on May 22, 2017.
Superfans, mothers, fathers, loved-up couples, and children were among those who lost their lives in the attack.
Grande has been heavily supportive of the victims and their families following the Manchester terror attack.
She organised One Love Manchester in June 2017, a free tribute concert held two weeks after the attack in honour of the victims.
Nearly 11 million people watched the star-studded show, which featured Grande, Katy Perry, Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus and more.
Last month, on the first anniversary of the attack, Grande made a touching tribute to those who died in the attack.
She also revealed in May that she got a tattoo of the “worker bee” – a symbol of Manchester, which the city embraced after the attack – behind her ear.
Some 10,000 people got inked with the symbol as a tribute to those affected by the terrorist attack.
The LGBT+ community lost larger-than-life presence PR manager Martyn Hett in the Manchester Arena bombing.
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Writer and blogger Hett was famed for his iconic Twitter rapport and endless dedication to Coronation Street.
Sporting a tattoo of Deidre Barlow in tribute to the soap, he was no stranger to TV, and had appeared on Come Dine With Me with partner Russell Hayward as well as Tattoo Fixers.
A memorial campaign, Be More Martyn, saw the sale of several T-shirts in his honour.
Martyn’s brother and sister created a support group, Survivors Against Terror, to help other families who have lost loved ones or fallen victim to the attacks.
The musician also discussed her anxiety in the interview, saying: “I’ve always had anxiety. I’ve never really spoken about it because I thought everyone had it, but when I got home from tour it was the most severe I think it’s ever been.”