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December 16, 2018

Ariana Grande reflects on Manchester bombing in new docuseries: ‘(It) seems impossible to fully recover’

November 29, 2018
Grande penned an emotional letter to fans eight months after the Manchester bombing. (Getty Images /)

Ariana Grande released a docuseries Thursday chronicling her 2017 Dangerous Woman world tour, as well as the making of and release of her latest album, “Sweetener.”

The pop star’s four-episode series, “Dangerous Woman Diaries,” tracks everything from studio sessions with Pharrell to intimate family moments with her mother and grandmother, plus a healthy dose of Grande’s impressive Australian accent.




The Dangerous Woman tour wasn’t without strife; in May 2017, a suicide bomber killed 22 fans following a stop at the Manchester Arena in England.

While the series steered clear of the shocking attack’s immediate aftermath, episode four did include a letter Grande, 25, wrote to fans eight months later, in February 2018.

“It’s impossible to know where to start or to know what to say about this part. May 22nd, 2017 will leave me speechless and filled with questions for the rest of my life,” she wrote.

“Music is an escape. Music is the safest thing I’ve ever known… When something so opposite and so poisonous takes place in your world that is supposed to be everything but that… it is shocking and heartbreaking in a way that seems impossible to fully recover from… I think of Manchester constantly and will carry this with me every day for the rest of my life.”

Grande suspended her tour for two weeks following the attack, and said in a recent interview that she suffered “really wild dizzy spells” and intense physical anxiety in the months after.

“You hear about these things. You see it on the news… It makes you sad, you think about it for a little, and then people move on,” she told Elle in July. “But experiencing something like that firsthand, you think of everything differently. Everything is different.”

The YouTube docuseries focuses almost entirely on Grande’s music and career and not her personal life, though manager Scooter Braun did make headlines the same day it was released by defending the singer’s ex-fiancé Pete Davidson as a “good dude.”

Davidson shared his first Instagram post since re-activating his account on the platform Wednesday, but the comments section was quickly flooded with Grande fans dissing the “Saturday Night Live” comedian.

Braun jumped in to defend the star after one Grande fan declared him “cancelled.”

“Stop the bulls–t. It is nothing like that and Pete is a good dude,” Braun wrote. “No one has hate for this guy and he is a stand-up guy. Show respect because trust me, everyone on this side knows he deserves it and wishes him well.

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