Ariana Grande originally told fans that she would be cancelling her concert tour after the Manchester bombing. The singer has now said she will be "returning to the brave city of Manchester" to perform at a benefit concert for the victims.
"I'll be returning to the incredibly brave city of Manchester to spend time with my fans and to have a benefit concert in honor of and to raise money for the victims and their families," she wrote Friday, adding that she would release more details once the concert was confirmed.
"I have been thinking of my fans, and of you all, nonstop over the past week," she told fans. "The way you have handled all this has been more inspiring and made me more proud than you'll ever know. The compassion, kindness, love and strength and oneness you've shown one another this past week is the exact opposite of the heinous intentions it must take to pull off something as evil as what happened Monday."
According to USA TODAY and preliminary information from The New York Times, the bombing was carried out by Salman Abedi. The 22-year-old has been confirmed dead, and the Islamic State is taking responsibility for the attack. British authorities are still not sure as to whether or not Abedi was associated with the group or if he received assistance in making his bomb.
Grande and her team confirmed via an open letter to fans that the singer would be cancelling her tour through June 5. She plans to resume her tour in Paris on June 7.
Grande commended her fans for their resiliance during this time of tragedy and heartbreak. She hopes everyone will use this time to come together and heal, and come to the benefit concert ready to provide support for those affected by this attrocious act.
"From the day we started putting the Dangerous Woman Tour together," Grande wrote in her letter, "I said that this show, more than anything else, was intended to be a safe space for my fans. A place for them to escape, to celebrate, to heal, to feel safe and to be themselves. To meet their friends they've met online. To express themselves. This will not change that. When you look into the audience at my shows, you see a beautiful, diverse, pure, happy crowd. Thousands of people, incredibly different, all there for the same sreason: music. This will not change that."
There are no details about her benefit concert yet, but if her letter is any indication, Grande will make this one to remember.