Ariana Grande’s mum Joan Grande helped fans to safety in the moments after the bomb went off at the Manchester Arena, according to reports [Wenn]
The Problem singer had just finished her show at the Manchester Arena on May 22 when a suicide bomber detonated an explosive device outside the venue where thousands of concert goers were exiting.
Joan Grande, 48, was still sat in her front row seat inside the 21,000 capacity arena when the bomb went off and was quick to aid terrified fans who had been trying to leave the venue.
She was then seen along with members of the former Nickelodeon star’s security team guiding a group of young fans backstage.
Ariana Grande has cancelled her Dangerous Woman tour indefinitely [Getty]
“As the chaos of people fleeing for exits started Joan told a group of kids possibly as many as 10 seated around her to come backstage,” a source told TMZ.
Adding: “She and members of Ariana’s security took the fans backstage and waited with them until they were able to safely exit the arena.’
At the time of writing, it has been confirmed that 22 people were killed in the attack and 59 have been injured, with some thought to be in a serious condition.
broken. from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don’t have words.
— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) May 23, 2017
Ariana, 23, was said to be “hysterical” after discovering that people had died at her concert, report TMZ.
Tweeting her dismay in the hours following, she said: “Broken. From the bottom of my heart, I am so so sorry. I don’t have words.”
Ariana was in the middle of her Dangerous Woman World Tour. It has now been reported that she plans to suspend the remaining dates indefinitely.
God bless everyone who was at Ariana’s concert! My prayers are with you all and poor sweet Ariana! This is heartbreaking 💔
— Khloé (@khloekardashian) May 23, 2017
Several celebrities have also taken to the internet to pay tribute to the victims and lend their support to Ariana.
Keeping Up With The Kardashians star Khloe Kardashian tweeted: “God bless everyone who was at Ariana’s concert! My prayers are with you all and poor sweet Ariana! This is heartbreaking,” followed by a red brokenhearted emoji.
Bad Blood singer Taylor Swift, 27, chimed in: “My thoughts, prayers and tears for all those affected by the Manchester tragedy tonight. I’m sending all my love.”
While Harry Styles, 23, echoed the sentiment, writing: “I’m heartbroken over what happened in Manchester tonight. Sending love to everyone involved. H.”