An open letter: Dear Ariana Grande, there’s something we need to get off our chests…

*Deep breath*

Dear Ariana Grande,

There’s something we need to get off our chests…

On 22nd May 2017 at 10:35pm, you went through something that a 23-year-old should never have to go through. You and your fans faced a heartbreaking and truly horrific attack that many of us will never be able to get our heads around.

Before, we start, we’d like to say that we’re not doing to pretend to understand the sheer horror of that evening. It’s unfathomable for us to do so and it would be wrong for us to think that we understand it.

But we’d like to admire your bravery, Ariana.

Because, whilst you could have gone into hiding following the attack, you didn’t. You stood up in the face of the sheer terror of the day and united us as one.

From the very first letter you posted on your Twitter account just four days after the attack, you showed us that we should not operate in fear.

Rather than deal with the devastating aftermath of what happened alone. You highlighted the importance of us coming together.

That letter echoed the voice of millions. A voice which said we aren’t going to let hate divide us. Instead, we were going to be brave and try to face this united.

Not many artists would have announced that they were going to host a benefit concert just four days after a truly unthinkable attack.

Not because they’re selfish.

But because, words can’t describe the strength it must have taken for you to return to a city that’s over 5,000 miles away from where you live and come face-to-face with the repercussions of what happened.

You’re selfless, Ariana, and for that we can’t admire you enough.

You bought together the word’s biggest popstars and most loved musicians for an evening that will never be forgotten – Justin Bieber, Coldplay, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Pharrell Williams, Usher, Take That, Liam Gallagher and Niall Horan.

Not only did it raise over £2 million for victims and their families as part of the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund, but you also allowed so many people to feel the joy that music brings to our lives.

Although we don’t want to speak on behalf of your fans that witnessed the dread of that evening, we honestly hope that it’s allowed some of them to start to slowly heal.

We could continue with how much you mean to us, Ariana. But we though that you’d like to hear from them – the people that you’ve done all of this for.

Your fans, your friends and everyone who looks up to you.

So, thank you Ariana. Thank you for encouraging us all to be as strong as you and inspire the kind of strength you have during times like these.

Maximum Pop! x

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Written by Emma Matthews

Emma is a freelance journalist at MP.

When she’s not writing articles for Maximum Pop!, you’ll find her attending gigs, geeking out over the latest beauty products and reading feminist literature. Hermione is her favourite Harry Potter character - obviously.

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