Ariana Grande remembers victims on fourth anniversary of Manchester bombing

by Helvine Achieng
May 25, 2021

American singer and actress Ariana Grande has on  Saturday paid tribute to the 22 people killed attending her concert in Manchester, England four years ago.The singer took to social media and  posted a heartfelt message on her instagram story, writing that the victims of the terror attack  were always in her thoughts and that the "anniversary will never be an easy one."

The explosion took place shortly after Grande had finished her closing set at Manchester Arena on May 22, 2017. Fans of the singer were beginning to leave the arena when a bomb detonated inside the arena's foyer. Hundreds of people were wounded in the attack.The 27-year-old Grande posted an image of a heart with the words, 

"although grief is ever-present and our relationship to it is constantly evolving and expressing itself in different ways every day, year round.... i know that this anniversary will never be an easy one. Please know that I am thinking of you today. Manchester, my heart is with you today and always."

Bees were used to create the shape of the heart on the post. The worker bee is often used as an emblem for Manchester, representing the city's industrial past and appearing in its crest.

After the first anniversary of the attack,the musician posted a photo on twitter  of a bee tattoo behind her left ear in commemoration of the tragedy.Beneath the image of the heart were the names of the 22 people killed in the bombing.

 "John Atkinson, Courtney Boyle, Philip Tron, Kelly Brewster, Georgina Callander, Olivia Campbell-Hardy, Liam Curry, Chloe Rutherford, Wendy Fawell, Martyn Hett, Alison Howe, Lisa Lees, Megan Hurley, Nell Jones, Michelle Kiss, Angelika Klis, Marcin Klis, Sorrell Leczkowski, Eilidh MacLeod, Elaine McIver, Saffie Rose Roussos, Jane Tweddle."

The post comes days after the announcement that Grande and real estate agent Dalton Gomez had officially tied the knot.