Manchester Ariana Grande concert attack: Singer’s encore ‘saved lives’ before deadly bomb blast

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Ariana Grande is back home in Florida after the terrorist attacks at her Manchester concert. Still, Katy Perry, Lorde and the Chainsmokers will continue plans to perform in England.

ARIANA Grande’s encore performance at Manchester Arena may have saved lives before terrorist Salman Abedi detonated a homemade nail-bomb.

The US singer is reportedly “blaming herself” after Monday night’s horrific blast which claimed the lives of 22 people, including an eight-year-old girl, and injured 119.

But Annemarie McNally, who was at the UK venue with her 13-year-old daughter, said Grande’s encore performance of Dangerous Woman may have prevented further deaths.

“If Ariana had not done an encore I’m sure more people would have been in the foyer where the bomb went off and more people would have been injured,” she told The Daily Star.

Grande is said to be “devastated” and “inconsolable” over the bombing, according to RadarOnline, as she landed back in LA where she was greeted by her boyfriend, Mac Miller.

She has also cancelled several dates from her tour, including her London O2 shows and some in Switzerland. Live Nation said ticketholders will receive refunds.

Following the attack, she tweeted she was “broken” and added: “From the bottom of my heart, I am so so sorry. I don’t have words.”

It comes amid reports Grande offered to pay for the funeral expenses of the bombing victims. Grande reportedly spoke to the families of the victims to offer her support.

However, this claim has not been verified. It was first reported on a fan Twitter feed.

News on Ariana: Ariana has reached out to the families who’s loves ones died last night….she is gonna pay for the funerals! pic.twitter.com/lmGHt4GbEg

— Ariana Updates! (@ArianaDailyWW) May 23, 2017

As Grande arrived back in the US, her drummer told of the moment the bomb detonated as they were on their way to their dressing room.

Speaking to Fox News, Aaron Spears told of the “heartbreaking” moment they realised a bomb had gone off in the venue and said the “painful memory will live with us all forever”.

He said: “We finished the show and we were walking back to our dressing rooms and boom! We could hear people, we had no idea what it was … there was all kinds of speculation as to what was going on.”

Scenes of unity after Manchester terror attack

A woman is consoled as she looks at the floral tributes following an evening vigil outside the Town Hall on May 23, 2017 in Manchester, England. Picture: Getty
People from Manchester Sikh Community carry “I love MCR” banners as they arrive to attend a vigil in Albert Square in Manchester, northwest England on May 23, 2017, in solidarity with those killed an injured in the May 22 terror attack at the Ariana Grande concert. Picture: AFP
Members of the public gather at a candlelit vigil, to honour the victims of Monday evening’s terror attack, at Albert Square on May 23, 2017 in Manchester, England. Picture: Getty
A Sikh man hands out free bottles of water as members of the public gather at a vigil, to honour the victims of Monday evening’s terror attack, at Albert Square on May 23, 2017 in Manchester, England. Picture: Getty
Four people hold up signs which say ‘Turn to Love for Manchester’ during a vigil for the victims of yesterday’s Manchester Arena terror attack in Trafalgar Square on May 23, 2017 in London, England. Picture: Getty
People hold up signs which say ‘Turn to Love for Manchester’ during a vigil for the victims of yesterday’s Manchester Arena terror attack in Trafalgar Square on May 23, 2017 in London, England. Picture: Getty

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