Ariana Grande has marked the one year anniversary of the Manchester bombing.
22 people were killed and hundreds more were injured when a suicide bomber attacked Ariana’s concert at the Manchester Arena on 22 May 2017, where she was performing as part of her Dangerous Woman Tour.
Ariana and a host of performers including Miley Cyrus and Justin Bieber joined forces two weeks after the incident to host a massive fund-raising One Love Manchester concert, and the singer was later made the first ever honorary citizen of Manchester.
To mark the one year anniversary of the attack, Ariana took to social media to deliver a simple message to her fans.
“Thinking of you all today and every day,” she wrote on Twitter. “I love you with all of me and am sending you all of the light and warmth I have to offer on this challenging day.”
thinking of you all today and every day 🐝 I love you with all of me and am sending you all of the light and warmth I have to offer on this challenging day
— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) May 22, 2018
Ariana also included a bee emoji in the tweet, paying tribute to Manchester. The worker bee is one of the best-known symbols of the city, and also featured in the music video for her comeback single No Tears Left To Cry.
The song, which was released last month, was Ariana’s message of hope for the future following the attack.
“Right now I’m in a state of mind, I wanna be in like all the time, ain’t got no tears left to cry, so I’m picking it up, I’m loving, I’m living,” she sings on the soaring chorus, while the lush verses promise that she’s “too fly to partake in all this hate”.
You can watch the music video for No Tears Left To Cry below.
Andy Burnham, the Mayor of Manchester, also tweeted his thoughts on the one year anniversary.
“Today we come together, we remember each of the 22 people whose lives were taken & we re-commit to supporting their families & all affected,” he wrote alongside today’s cover of the Manchester Evening News.
The newspaper cover features a love heart made of bees and all 22 names of the people who lost their lives in the attack.
Today we come together, we remember each of the 22 people whose lives were taken & we re-commit to supporting their families & all affected. pic.twitter.com/8CCp8Vwf5B
— Andy Burnham (@AndyBurnhamGM) May 22, 2018