Fans and families of deceased have confirmed that singer Ariana Grande has offered to pay for funeral expenses for those young fans who were killed during a terrorist incident at her concert last week. As her concert was ending, 20-year-old terrorist Salman Abedi detonated a bomb, killing 22 and injuring over 100.
Her website, Ariana Updates!, shared a post saying: “News on Ariana: Ariana has reached out to the families who’s loves ones died last night….she is gonna pay for the funerals!”
Grande was in the middle of a world tour when the attack happened. She has since postponed the tour and jetted home to Florida.
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The claims come after nine of the victims were named, including eight-year-old Saffie Roussos and 18-year-old Georgina Callander.
Ariana had previously met Georgina at a fan meet-and-greet, posing for a picture with the beaming teen.
As the chaos following the attack unfurled on Monday night, it has been claimed that the singer’s mother Joan immediately escorted terrified fans to safety backstage after the explosion was first heard.
The site reports that Joan had still been sitting in her seat on the front row when the bomb detonated in the venue’s lobby after the show – and was quick to come to the aid of surrounding fans.
Fellow concert-goers reveal Joan had called as many as 10 children to follow her backstage, leading them to safety seconds after the attack that has killed 22 and left 119 injured.
The site reports that Joan had been preparing to visit her daughter backstage and congratulate her on another tour performance, when the suicide bomber targeted the sell-out concert.
Eye-witnesses state Joan, flanked by Ariana’s security team, had then escorted a large group of fans sat close the stage out of the concert hall and into to the dressing rooms.
The singer’s mother reportedly comforted the panicked youngsters there until they were safely evacuated by police, who arrived on the scene soon after.
The news comes after Ariana’s drummer spoke about the ‘surreal’ moment the singer and the rest of their band realised a bomb had detonated.
Aaron Spears detailed the first moments of the tragic incident to Fox News in Washington on Tuesday – which saw the musician discuss the ‘heartbreaking’ moment they realised it was an act of terror, in the presence of so many children.
The drummer went on to confirm the band were all safe, but admitted that the ‘painful memory will live with them all forever’ in the message, posted to Twitter.