In wake of the Manchester terrorist bombing, Ariana Grande has returned to the U.K. to spend time with some hospitalized survivors. On Friday evening, the star arrived at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital where many of her young fans are being treated for injuries. The visit comes just two days before Ariana is set to take to the stage for her One Love Manchester benefit concert.
Ariana Grande spent time with her injured fans at the hospital Photo: Instagram/@arianagrande
The 23-year-old singer shared a photo from her time at the hospital on her Instagram page, showing her at the bedside of survivor Jaden Farrell-Mann. Jaden, whose injuries include leg fractures and shrapnel wounds, was all smiles in the pic as she looked to be ecstatic to chat with her idol. She took to Twitter after the meeting, writing: “I got to meet my queen today. Love you @ArianaGrande” with a series of heart emojis.
Ariana Grande and her injured fan Jaden share a sweet moment Photo: Facebook
Posting more snaps from the moment, Jaden’s dad Peter Mann wrote on his Facebook page: “This means more to us than all the amazing things people have done this week. When your daughter asks after her 2nd operation is Ariana ok? So happy she came I could burst! Never seen Jaden so happy! Even cried again myself.” In addition to Jaden, Ariana met with several other young survivors, including: 14-year-old Evie Mills and 8-year-old Lily Harrison. The superstar surprised the little ones with gifts and autographs. Lily's mom Lauren posted a photo of Ariana with her daughter on Twitter, writing: "Tonight's visit from @ArianaGrande was amazing. Just the lift all the kids (and parents) needed! What an absolute angel ❤️."
Ariana Grande hugs her 8-year-old fan Lily Photo: Twitter/@LaurenEveThorpe
Ariana’s manager Scooter Braun also shared some photos from the special time, expressing how proud he is of his client on Instagram. “Today was one of the toughest days I have ever witnessed. @arianagrande you were a rock for so many in need. Thank you to all who helped us and to the amazing children and their families we met and the families of those lost we sat with. Your courage has changed us all forever. #westandwithmanchester.”
Ariana's manager Scooter Braun shared photos from the visit Photo: Instagram/@scooterbraun
The One Last Time singer was seen touching down at Stanstead Airport in a private jet on Friday morning. She organized the upcoming One Love Manchester concert to raise money for the victims of the terror attack and their families. The attack took place following Ariana's concert on May 22. A suicide bombing in the foyer of Manchester Arena mercilessly killed 22 people and injured over 59.
In a statement about the horrific incident, Ariana wrote: "I don't want to go the rest of the year without being able to see and hold and uplift my fans, the same way they continue to uplift me… I'll be returning to the incredibly brave city of Manchester to spend time with my fans and to have a benefit concert in honor of and to raise money for the victims and their families." Other stars that will pay tribute at the concert include: Coldplay, Katy Perry and Miley Cyrus.