Ariana Grande’s manager, Scooter Braun, opened up about how badly the Manchester Arena Attack affected her.
In May 2017, a suicide bomber let off an explosion in the foyer after Ariana’s concert, killing himself and 22 people.
Scooter revealed on the Big Questions with Carl Fussman podcast that Ariana was traumatized after the event. He went on to explain that Ariana initially wanted to cancel the remainder of her tour. He said:
“When she found out that fans of hers had died, she was… so sad. She cried for days, she felt everything – every face they announced, every name, she wore on her sleeve. Every bit of emotion because that’s who she is.”
from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don't have words.
— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) May 23, 2017
Following the attack, Ariana and Scooter visited injured fans in the Royal Manchester Children’s hospital. Scooter supported her through the visit and said it was “the hardest two hours of either of our lives.” He continued:
“After the first family I had to help her, she was distraught and I was lost. It was beyond tough. But every single time we got down we reminded each other we get to go home. Our loved ones are still going to be there. That mother is never coming home, that daughter is never coming home, that son is never coming home, that dad is never coming home. So we didn’t really have a right to be so sad that we couldn’t continue.”
She later came back to Manchester for the ’s One Love concert in June. According to NME, it was the most watched TV event of 2017. The benefit concert raised over £18 million.