Ariana Grande Pens Touching Letter on Manchester Bombing in New Docuseries

Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Live Nation
Ariana Grande performs on stage during the 'Dangerous Woman' Tour Opener at Talking Stick Resort Arena on Feb. 3, 2017 in Phoenix.

Ariana Grande unveiled her highly anticipated Dangerous Woman Diaries docuseries on YouTube, which brings fans into the world of her Dangerous Woman tour and the making of Sweetener.   

The first installment delves into "The Light Is Coming" music video and shows Ari joking around and laughing with her friends (like she often does in her Instagram stories). However, the rest of the series isn't always so lighthearted. Episode four addresses the tragic Manchester bombing that killed 22 people outside her concert in May 2017, and brought her tour to an end.

The series doesn't show any footage of the event or interviews in the aftermath, but the pop star shared a powerful letter written eight months after the attack. Watch the episode and read the letter in full below.   


I’m writing to you this February 22, 2018.
It’s been eight months since the attack at our show at the Manchester Arena. It’s impossible to know where to start or to know what to say about this part. May 22, 2017, will leave me speechless and filled with questions for the rest of my life.
Music is an escape. Music is the safest thing I’ve ever known. Music — pop music, stan culture — is something that brings people together, introduces them to some of their best friends, and makes them feel like they can be themselves. It is comfort. It is fun. It is expression. It is happiness. It is the last thing that would ever harm someone. It is safe.
When something so opposite and so poisonous takes place in your world that is supposed to be everything but that … it is shocking and heartbreaking in a way that seems impossible to fully recover from.
The spirit of the people of Manchester, the families affected by this horrendous tragedy, and my fans around the world have permanently impacted all of us for the rest of our lives. Their love, strength, and unity showed me, my team, my dancers, band, and entire crew not to be defeated. To continue during the scariest and saddest of times. To not let hate win. But instead, love as loudly as possible, and to appreciate every moment.
The people of Manchester were able to change an event that portrayed the worst of humanity into one that portrayed the most beautiful of humanity. “Like a handprint on my heart” … I think of Manchester constantly and will carry this with me every day for the rest of my life.


The Biz premium subscriber content has moved to

To simplify subscriber access, we have temporarily disabled the password requirement.