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One year after the tragic bombing at Manchester Arena, Ariana Grande paid tribute to the city with a message on Twitter. “Thinking of you all today and every day,” she wrote alongside a bee emoji, which happens to be a symbol of strength and unity for Manchester. “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 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 crying 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.”

“I wish there was more that I could fix,” she continued. “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.”

Suicide bomber Salman Abedi detonated a device inside the arena last May, killing 22 people at the end of Grande’s “Dangerous Woman Tour”.

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