Ariana Grande is speaking out about the horrific terrorist attack that took place at her Manchester concert on Monday, writing an open letter that she posted on her social media accounts.
In the lengthy statement, she reveals plans to return to the U.K. city to perform a benefit concert to raise money for the victims and their families.
“My heart, prayers and deepest condolences are with the victims of the Manchester Attack and their loved ones,” writes Grande, admitting: “There is nothing I or anyone can do to take away the pain you are feeling or to make this better.”
She also expresses her appreciation for her fans and their “compassion, kindness, love, strength and openness that you’ve shown each other this past week,” which is “the exact opposite of the heinous intentions it must take to pull of something as evil as what happened Monday. YOU are the opposite.”
Grande also reveals plans to return “to the incredibly brave city of Manchester to spend time with my fans and to have a benefit concert in honour of and to raise money for the victims and their families,” promising to share further details once everything is confirmed.
“We will not quit or operate in fear,” she writes. “We won’t let this divide us. We won’t let hate win.”
You can read her statement in its entirety right here:
Adding his voice is Grande’s manager, Scooter Braun, who took to Twitter to share his thoughts: “We cannot be scared of evil,” he writes. “We are with you Manchester.”
Following Grande’s statement, fans throughout the Twittersphere responded, professing their love, offering their support and sending her words of encouragement: