Ariana Grande has paid tribute to the city of Manchester several times, but the 24-year-old pop star decided to officially cement her homage to the city, where a suicide bomber detonated a device and killed 22 people at the end of her "Dangerous Woman Tour" at the Manchester Arena in 2017.
On Thursday (May 24), Grande took to Instagram to unveil a small tattoo of a bee behind her right ear. If you look closely, you'll notice that the bee also has its wings in the shape of a heart. In case you missed out, the insect has been used as a symbol of strength and unity for Manchester, with a few folks even getting it tattooed on themselves in wake of the attack last May. On the anniversary of the tragedy on Tuesday, the star took to Twitter to share some kind words with the city. "Thinking of you all today and every day," she wrote alongside a bee emoji. "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."
Grande recently got candid about the Manchester attack in her interview with Time magazine. "I'm sorry. I'll do my best," the pop star said after sobbing mid-discussion. "There are so many people who have suffered such loss and pain. The processing part is going to take forever. I don’t want to give it that much power. Something so negative. It’s the absolute worst of humanity. That’s why I did my best to react the way I did. The last thing I would ever want is for my fans to see something like that happen and think it won."
Grande argued that "music is supposed to be the safest thing in the world" and that's why the tragedy weighs so heavy on her heart. "I wish there was more that I could fix. You think with time it’ll become easier to talk about. Or you’ll make peace with it. But every day I wait for that peace to come and it’s still very painful," she continued.
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