Ariana Grande cancelled an appearance at a benefit for F**k Cancer on Saturday as she continues to mourn the death of ex-boyfriend Mac Miller.
According to E! News, the 25-year-old “No More Tears to Cry” singer was scheduled to perform at the inaugural Barbara Berlanti Heroes fundraising gala to benefit F**k Cancer, but pulled out at the last minute.
Grande’s manager Scooter Braun was in attendance at the event, where his wife Yael Cohen Braun was honoured for her work as co-founder of the organization, and he explained to the audience that the singer would not be performing.
“One of the most amazing things about this organization is that they help people when they’re having the worst moments in their life, and they give sympathy and a calm nature to people in need in those moments,” Braun told the audience.
“And you saw your invite, someone I’m very close to was supposed to come sing for you today, and because of things that she’s going through, she couldn’t be here today,” he added, speaking of Grande without referring to her by name.
“And while I was frustrated, being the manager, my wife, being who she always is, just looked at me and she goes, ‘She needs this time,'” he continued, adding that he “called in a favour” and brought in “Daily Show” host Trevor Noah to perform in her stead.
According to reports, Grande — who got engaged to “SNL” star Peter Davidson in June after a whirlwind courtship — remains devastated by the tragic death of Miller, her longterm boyfriend until they split up in May 2018.
Grande’s team issued a statement on Sept. 17 announcing she would be taking some time to herself in the wake of Miller’s death, which was the result of an apparent overdose.
“Given the events of the past couple of years, Ariana is going to take some much needed time to heal and mend,” Grande’s team told People. “She will be staying close to home and using this period to spend time with her loved ones and work on new music without deadline. She thanks her fans for their understanding.”