Ariana Grande breaks her silence after Monday night’s fatal attack at Manchester Arena, where she was performing.
The 23-year-old singer posted on social media to express her sadness and apologies to those affected. “Broken. From the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don’t have words.”
Her official team also released a statement via Twitter, sending their love and support to the victims’ family.
“Tonight, our hearts are broken. Words cannot express our sorrow for the victims and families harmed in this senseless attack. We mourn the lives of children and loved ones taken by this cowardly act. We are thankful for the selfless service tonight of Manchester’s first responders who rushed towards danger to help save lives. We ask all of you to hold the victims, their families and all those affected in your hearts and prayers.”
According to E! News, police confirmed that at least 19 people died in the attack and more than 50 were injured. “This is currently being treated as a terrorist attack until police know otherwise,” Great Manchester Police said in a statement.
U.K. authorities suspect a suicide bomber is accountable. The attack reportedly happened as concertgoers were departing from the venue, in what being described as a “public space,” NBC News reports.
The concert was part of Grande’s Dangerous Woman tour. Her rep told E! News that the singer was “okay” and they are “further investigating what happened.”
Grande is scheduled to continue her tour on Thursday and Friday with a stop at London’s O2 Arena. According to TMZ, the pop star is now suspending the rest of her tour.
Fellow female artists such as Demi Lovato and Taylor Swift have expressed their support to the victims on social media.
“My thoughts, prayers and tears for all those affected by the Manchester tragedy tonight. I’m sending all my love,” Taylor tweeted.
Demi wrote, “Tearing up imagining innocent concert goers losing their lives.. praying for everyone and all #arianators.”