Ariana Grande reportedly turned down an offer of Damehood for her support of the people of Manchester in the period after the fatal bombing at her concert in 2017. A source close to the singer said Ariana thought it was “too soon” after the tragedy for both herself and the families of the victims who were killed.
On May 22, 2017, Grande was finishing up her Manchester concert on the Dangerous Woman Tour when a suicide bomber detonated a vest full of explosives. The bomb killed 23 people, including the bomber, as well as injuring 139 people, with more than half of those injured being children. That number increased to 800 people in the months following, with PTSD and minor traumas affecting concert-goers and parents waiting to pick up their young children.
According to The Sun, Grande was offered Damehood, but politely turned down the honour, saying she didn’t want to cause the victims and their families any more pain. According to a source, “Ariana was flattered but said it was too soon. She explained she was still grieving. So were scores of families. She feared some affected might see it as insensitive. The committee wrote to her but she politely said no.”
Grande’s latest act is once again drawing praise from the people of Manchester, with The Sun quoting Charlotte Hodgson, whose 15-year-old daughter Olivia Campbell-Hardy was killed during the bombing. Speaking about Grande, Hodgson said “It’s a lovely gesture. She’s right — maybe it is a bit too soon. She’s lovely and would never do anything to hurt any of us.”
Britain’s deadliest terror attack since the 2005 London bombings, the Manchester bombing drew headlines around the world, both for the severity of the disaster and for Grande’s handling of the events in the weeks following the tragedy.
from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don’t have words.
— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) May 23, 2017
Following the tragic event, Grande returned home to the United States and sought refuge at her mother’s home in Florida, but amazingly, the singer returned to Manchester only a few days later.
— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) May 26, 2017
Organizing a celebrity benefit concert that included Miley Cyrus, Justin Bieber, Little Mix, Take That, Robbie Williams, Katy Perry, Niall Horan, Mac Miller, Imogen Heap, Victoria Monet, the Black Eyed Peas, Pharrell, and the duet we never thought we’d see between Coldplay and Liam Gallagher. Grande’s One Love Manchester took place on June 4, just two weeks after the devastating bombing. Offering free tickets to those who attended her Manchester concert, the three-hour One Love Manchester concert was live streamed around the world. The charity initially raised £10 million ($17 million CAD) for victims of the attack, with that number growing to $29.6 million CAD by August 2017.
Following the concert, Grande visited victims in the hospital and was made an honourary citizen of Manchester. She also made her love for the city permanent with a tattoo of a worker bee, which is meant to symbolize the city’s industrial past.