The dad of three young Ariana Grande fans has posted an open letter to the singer on Twitter after she was left “broken” by the terror attack at Manchester Arena shortly after her gig.
Twenty-two people were killed and over 100 more injured when suicide bomber Salman Abedi detonated a nail bomb in the foyer of the music venues as fans left the 23-year-old singer’s concert on Monday.
Shortly afterwards, Grande tweeted that she was “broken” and “so so sorry”, before photos showed her arriving back in Boca Raton, Florida, looking distraught.
from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don't have words.
— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) May 23, 2017
When Patrick Millsaps, a 44-year-old film producer from Georgia, heard the awful news, he felt moved to send her a message.
His heartwarming words have since gone viral, with Grande liking his tweet. Taylor Swift, Miley Cyrus, Elizabeth Gillies, Victoria Justice and Nicki Minaj are also among the thousands of people to click that little grey heart.
Millsaps later added that he had been “honoured and humbled” by the reaction to his letter. “There are some fathers who had their daughters taken from them by evil,” he wrote. “Those men are the ones worth your respect, love and prayers.”
Dear Miss Grande,
I am the father of three daughters – ages 13, 12 and 12. So, you have been a part of our family for years. On occasion, your songs may have stayed on the radio after I have dropped the girls off at school. I will neither confirm nor deny that I have personally seen every episode of “Sam & Kat”.
Since you are part of our family and after reading a tweet you posted on the Twitter the other night I’m afraid I need to set you straight girl. So listen up and receive some redneck love from a daddy of daughters.
#1. You don’t have a dadgum thing to apologise for. If some jackass had gotten drunk and killed someone with his car next to your hotel in Manchester, would you feel responsible? If the night before your concert, a tornado had hit Manchester and tragically killed several people who were going to your concert; would you feel the need to apologise? You see, you are no more responsible for the actions of an insane coward who committed an act in your proximity than you would be for a devastating natural disaster or acts of morons near your hotel. Your text was some stinkin’ thinkin’ in that regard.
#2. In your line of work, you have so many experts who are now ‘strategising’ what you should do next (I used to be one of those ‘experts’ when I managed talent. Tell them all to go take a powder, give them the month off and tell them that if they call you within the next 30 days, they are fired! These ‘experts’ don’t have a freaking clue what you are processing right now. Spend time with your God, your family and your friends who will give you space and support when you need it. Hell, go lick as many freaking donuts as you want. Girl, you deserve it!
#3. When and only when you are ready, on behalf of all dads who love your…um…whose daughters love your music, sing again. Music is the international language of peace. Every time you open your mouth and share that incredible God-given gift to the world, you make this crappy world a little less crappy.
So there you go my dear, unsolicited advice from a fat dude in Georgia who loves his daughters and appreciates that there are people like you in the world. Take care of you first. Your fans aren’t going anywhere.
Morgan, Alison and Kendall’s Daddy
Grande had been scheduled to play London’s O2 Arena on Thursday and Friday but has cancelled all tour dates until 5 June.
Her management, led by Scooter Braun, released the following statement: “Due to the tragic events in Manchester the Dangerous Woman tour with Ariana Grande has been suspended until we can further assess the situation and pay our proper respects to those lost.
“The London O2 shows this week have been cancelled as well as all shows through June 5 in Switzerland.
“We ask at this time that we all continue to support the city of Manchester and all those families affected by this cowardice and senseless act of violence.
“Our way of life has once again been threatened but we will overcome this together. Thank you.”
The Queen visited the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital on Thursday, where she spoke with injured victims and their families. She was overheard in a video calling Grande a “rather remarkable girl” and telling 14-year-old Evie Mills from Harrogate that she sounds like a “very very good singer”.
It remains unknown if and when Grande will resume her Dangerous Woman tour, amid rumours that she wants to speak with recovering fans over Facetime.
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