Ariana Grande Reveals Tattoo Marking One Year Since Manchester Bombing
Ariana Grande has revealed a small bee tattoo in tribute to the victims of the Manchester Arena attack which took 22 innocent lives last year.
The symbolic tattoo is a reminder of the lives lost during the attack on May 22, 2017, after a bomb was detonated in the foyer of the arena after Ariana’s concert.
She shared a picture of the tattoo behind her left ear with the caption, ‘Forever’.
The worker bee is a symbol of Manchester, and the symbol has been used throughout the city and beyond as a symbol of respect for the victims of the attack.
On Tuesday, the one year anniversary of the attack, the 24-year-old singer took to Twitter with a heartbreaking tribute to those who lost their lives.
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 arena bombing is the deadliest terror attack and the first suicide bombing to take place in the UK since the 7/7 attacks back in 2005.
23 people were killed in the attack, including the bomber, and a further 139 people were injured, while hundreds more suffered psychological trauma.
22-year-old Salman Ramadan Abedi was identified as the bomber and it’s believed he detonated an improvised shrapnel bomb, packed with nuts and bolts, in the foyer area of the Manchester Arena.
Following the attack last year, Ariana posted on her official Twitter account:
broken. from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don’t have words.
She went on to return to Manchester where she hosted a benefit concert to raise funds for the victims.
The One Love Manchester concert was subsequently announced and Grande was supported by artists including Coldplay, Katy Perry, Justin Bieber, Take That, Miley Cyrus and Pharrell Williams.
Last night, Grande’s mother shared a picture of her family in tribute to the victims of the attack, where they were stood around a candlelit piano.
It is unbelievable how May 22, 2017 started last year in Manchester! Who would ever have imagined the horrors that awaited us all… one year later I look to the strength of Manchester with a bowed head, and love in my heart!
At home last night, all together and grateful!
Ariana spoke for the first time in detail about the attack earlier this month, telling TIME the attack showed the ‘absolute worst of humanity’, saying:
That’s why I did my best to react the way I did. The last thing I would ever want is for my fans to see something like that happen and think it won…
You think with time it’ll become easier to talk about. Or you’ll make peace with it. But every day I wait for that peace to come and it’s still very painful.
Our thoughts continue to go out to all those affected.