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Ariana Grande breaks down as she opens up about Manchester terror attack: ‘It’s still very painful’

The pop singer opened up in a new interview with TIME

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Ariana Grande has opened up about the devastating Manchester terror attack in a new interview.

On May 22, 2017, a terrorist detonated an explosive device while fans were leaving her concert at the Manchester Arena – killing 22 people, and injuring more than 500.

A year later, the 24-year-old singer has recalled the tragic incident in an interview with Time magazine.

In the article, the interviewer revealed that Ariana “knows I am going to ask her about this before I have even said the words.”

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They added that Ariana began to cry “deep, choking sobs” before saying, “I’m sorry… I’ll do my best.”

Once the singer composed herself, she said, “There are so many people who have suffered such loss and pain. The processing part is going to take forever.”

Ariana doesn’t want to talk about the attack, because she doesn’t “want to give it that much power”.

She continuned, “Something so negative. It’s the absolute worst of humanity. That’s why I did my best to react the way I did. The last thing I would ever want is for my fans to see something like that happen and think it won.”

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“Music is supposed to be the safest thing in the world. I think that’s why it’s still so heavy on my heart every single day.”

“I wish there was more that I could fix. You think with time it’ll become easier to talk about. Or you’ll make peace with it. But every day I wait for that peace to come and it’s still very painful.”

Following the attack, Ariana and her team organised the One Love Manchester benefit concert, which took place at the Emirates Old Trafford cricket ground.

The star-studded concert saw major stars like Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry, Little Mix, Niall Horan, Coldplay, and many more perform.

The concert, which was attended by 50,000 people, raised over $12 million for the victims of the bombing and their families, and Ariana was later named an honorary citizen of Manchester.

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