How Ariana Grande Quietly, Powerfully Remembered the Manchester Bombing on Its Anniversary

Yesterday was the second anniversary of the deadly terrorist bombing at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester. The explosion killed 22 people and wounded dozens of others, and since then it has had a profound impact on the singer-songwriter-actress. Last night, she took to social media to offer a quiet, powerful statement about the anniversary.

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Yesterday was the second anniversary of the deadly terrorist bombing at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester. The explosion killed 22 people and wounded dozens of others, and has had a profound impact on the singer-songwriter-actress. Yesterday and then later in the evening, she took to social media to offer a quiet, powerful statement about the anniversary.

Earlier in the day she posted a photo of a bee—the worker bee is the symbol of Manchester. (Ariana also has a tattoo of a bee in memory of the city.) Later on, in a post that's no longer on her Instagram Stories, she re-posted her backup singer Scott Nicholson, who posted a picture of the One Love Manchester concert with the caption, "We love and live, everyday, with and for you 🐝💛."

Shortly after the bombing in June 2017, Ariana hosted One Love Manchester with guests including Justin Bieber and Miley Cyrus, and raised $23 million for the victims and their families. In an interview with ELLE, she explained, "When I got home from tour, I had really wild dizzy spells, this feeling like I couldn’t breathe." She added, "I would be in a good mood, fine and happy, and they would hit me out of nowhere. I’ve always had anxiety, but it had never been physical before. There were a couple of months straight where I felt so upside down."

Ariana's mom Joan wrote on her Twitter yesterday, "All my love Manchester, today and everyday…you are with me always, in my heart and in my mind. To ALL of you who have suffered and still suffer from tremendous loss, trauma or devastating injury..I love you, I send you a warm hug, today and forever. #OneLove."

Ariana will be performing in August of this year at Manchester to headline their Pride Festival. She revealed the news in February, saying, "Manchester babes, i’m so thrilled to be headlining pride. my heart. I cant wait to see u and I love you so so much." When she'd announced her tour, she hinted that she had something special for the city—which now, obviously, holds a special place in her heart.

Here's her mom's tweet:

Here are the images from her Instagram Stories:

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(Image credit: Ariana Grande)

Purple, Pink, Light, Lighting, Sky, Magenta, Technology, Display device, Stage,

(Image credit: Ariana Grande)

It's quiet, but powerful and beautiful.

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Ariana Grande during the One Love Manchester Benefit Concert

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