Ariana Grande was left in a state of shock following the horrific bombing that killed 22 people at her Manchester concert on May 22.
The “One Last Time” singer’s manager Scooter Braun recently opened up during “the Big Questions with Cal Fussman” podcast about the immediate days following the attack.
Grande and her manager met with 19 families who had lost loved ones, an experience Braun described as the “hardest two hours of either of our lives.”
“After the first family I had to help her, she was distraught and I was lost,” he explained. “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.
“We didn’t have the right to be so sad we couldn’t continue.
“The terrorist made a mistake… they picked the wrong God damn show,” continued Braun. “Because if they thought we were going to roll over, they don’t know Ariana and they don’t know me.”
The 36-year-old record executive said when Grande “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.”
Braun had actually started cancelling the remainder of Grande’s “Dangerous Woman” tour dates following the bombing, until the singer said she wanted to pay tribute to her dead fans.
Fast-forward two weeks and Grande headlined the One Love Manchester concert alongside Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry, Justin Bieber, her boyfriend Mac Miller, and others.
“The star of the show in my opinion, other than Ariana, was the crowd,” said Braun.