It's hard to believe it's been just five months since the Manchester Arena terrorist attack that claimed the lives of 22 young fans at Ariana Grande's concert.
A month after the tragedy, Grande returned to the city for a benefit concert to help the bombing's victims and families before continuing on her worldwide Dangerous Woman tour.
The bravery, determination, and resilience the 24-year-old showed in the weeks to follow was remarkable. But despite the smiles and flawless vocals on stage, the singer's healing was far from over.
"I don't think I've been through anything as traumatic as [what] we've been through," she explained in a recent interview with Coveteur.
Discussing the reason why she wanted to continue her tour, she said: "Calling it off and going home was not an option. The message of the show was too important. For the crew and everyone involved, it's become more than just a show for us. We are really grateful to be here and really grateful for this show."
Following the tour, which came to an end in Hong Kong last month, Grande said she's now planning on devoting some time off to looking after her own well-being.
"I think what I'm probably going to do [after the tour] is check in on my health," she revealed.
Grande's comments come months after Melvin Benn, managing director of Festival Republic which produced the singer's benefit show, said the star was "very traumatized after the attack."
However, he emphasized the importance of the show for the Florida-born singer, adding that Grande wanted to "support the victims and show a level of defiance that stands up to this bloodlust and ambivalence towards innocent individuals and tells the terrorists that they are not going to stop us."