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Ariana Grande breaks down as she opens up about Manchester Arena bombing

Ella Braidwood August 19, 2018

Singer-songwriter Ariana Grande broke down in a recent interview when she opened up about the impact of the Manchester Arena bombing in May 2017.

In an emotional interview, the star discussed the background to her new song “Get Well Soon,” which she said is partly about the terrorist attack, to Ebro Darden on Beats 1 Radio.

The singer broke down in tears as she talked about about the terrorist bombing and its aftermath.

Mothers, fathers, loved-up couples, superfans and children were among the 22 people killed as they made their way out of Manchester Arena following a performance by Grande on May 22 2017.

“It’s just about like just being there for each other and helping each other through scary times and anxiety,” she told Darden.

She added: “I just wanted to do a song to make people feel good – and less alone. It’s not just about that [the Manchester Arena bombing], you know, it’s also about personal demons and anxiety and more intimate tragedies as well.

“Mental health is so important. People don’t pay enough mind to it.”

The 25-year old has previously said that she has suffered from symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder since the terrorist attack.

Grande repeatedly apologised to Darden throughout the interview, at one point saying: “I’m so sorry. I’m falling apart.”

She continued: “I just wanted to give people a hug musically.

“I feel like the lyrics can be kind of corny when I talk about wanting to hug you and stuff, but I do.”

Watch the interview below:

“You try not to give into fear because obviously that’s the whole point of being here – that was the point of finishing my tour was to set any example for my fans, who were fearless enough to show up to the f***ing shows,” she said.

Grande added: “You want just to not be afraid, because of course that’s what [the terrorists] want. If you give them that, then they’ve won…but the truth is that it’s f***ing scary, it’s scary. It’s scary going anywhere and you look at places differently.”

In May, the musician marked the first anniversary of the Manchester Arena bombing, by posting on Twitter: “Thinking of you all today and every day.

“I love you with all of me and am sending you all of the light and warmth I have to offer on this challenging day.”

The youngest victim of the terrorist attack, Saffie-Rose Roussos, was just eight years old when she died.

Miley Cyrus (left)and Ariana Grande perform on stage on June 4, 2017 in Manchester, England, at the One Love Manchester’ benefit concert. (Getty Images/Dave Hogan for One Love Manchester)

And the LGBT+ community lost a larger-than-life presence in PR manager Martyn Hett.

Writer and blogger Hett was famed for his iconic Twitter rapport and endless dedication to Coronation Street.

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, and Miley Cyrus.

More: Ariana Grande, Beats 1, Manchester, Manchester Arena bombing, US

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