In the wake of the bombing at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester on Monday night, pop stars and celebrities have headed to social media to express their sadness over the tragedy. Drake, Sam Smith, Demi Lovato, Kesha, Rihanna, Bruno Mars, and more not only showed their support for Ariana, but also expressed their sadness and support for the victims.
"We just left from touring in Europe and this was such a real fear we discussed frequently. I was crushed today to hear it became a reality," Drake shared on Instagram. "My condolences to all of the families affected and we will be praying for all of Manchester. Also I am praying on peace of mind for Ariana."
"My heart hurts for my sister, Ariana & every family affected by this tragic event in the U.K. Innocent lives lost. I'm so sorry to hear this," Nicki Minaj tweeted in response to the event. She and Ariana have collaborated on several tracks together in the past and hers was among the flood of condolences sent virtually following the tragedy.
James Corden addressed the event in a heartfelt moment during Monday's The Late Late Show. "My thoughts and prayers are with the people of Manchester tonight. All of the staff at the MEN Arena, all of the security teams, all of the emergency services, Ariana and her team and all of those families affected by tonight," he said, before paying tribute to the U.K. city.
He continued, "Many of you won't have ever been to Manchester but you will definitely have heard of it. It's famous all over the world for so many wonderful things, great football teams, Manchester City, Manchester United. It's famous for incredible music, Oasis and Joy Division. It was the birthplace of the leader of the Suffragettes. It's the home of the inventor of the first computer. When I think of Manchester, of the place that I know, I think of the spirit of the people there and I'm telling you, a more tight-knit group of people, you will be hard-pressed to find."
Queen Elizabeth II also released a statement, saying: "The whole nation has been shocked by the death and injury in Manchester last night of so many people, adults and children, who had just been enjoying a concert. I know I speak for everyone in expressing my deepest sympathy to all who have been affected by this dreadful event and especially to the families and friends of those who have died or were injured. I want to thank all the members of the emergency services, who have responded with such professionalism and care. And I would like to express my admiration for the way the people of Manchester have responded, with humanity and compassion, to this act of barbarity."
Bravolebs also reacted to the sad news on Twitter, including U.K. native, Lisa Vanderpump.