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Ariana Grande returns to the U.S. following Manchester concert bombing

Ariana Grande landed in her hometown of Boca Raton.

Ariana Grande is back on home soil after Monday’s terrorist attack that killed 22 people following her show at Manchester Arena in the U.K. According to E! News, the singer was photographed touching down in her hometown of Boca Raton, Florida, where boyfriend Mac Miller and other family members greeted Ariana and her mother Joan. One source says they had a “very emotional reunion” and talked for a moment before getting into a car. “Ariana looked exhausted and like she didn’t get enough sleep. She seemed like she just wanted to get home and be with her loved ones.” A People source shared the same observation, “She loves her fans and is absolutely crushed and devastated as you can imagine. She can’t believe this happened. She just wants to be with her family and her loved ones right now.”

Three of the 22 victims from Monday’s attack — the deadliest in the U.K. since the 2005 bombings — have since been identified as Georgina Bethany Callander, 18, Saffie-Rose Roussos, 8, and John Atkinson, 26. At least 59 were injured and at least 12 of those injured are under 16 years old. As the New York Times reports, British officials have since identified the bombing suspect as 22-year-old Salman Abedi, who lived 3 1/2 miles from the arena. Abedi carried out the suicide attack with a homemade bomb at approximately 10:30 p.m. local time, just as masses of young fans were leaving the arena.

Ariana released her first statement via Twitter, hours after the attack, saying that she was “broken” and sorry. Friends in the music industry and beyond have since offered their love and support to the singer and the victims of the attack.

Ariana’s management has yet to confirm what will happen to the rest of her "Dangerous Woman" tour dates, with the next one scheduled for Thursday at the famed O2 Arena in London. As USA Today reports, several artists including Blondie and Take That have canceled shows in the London area in wake of the tragedy.

SOURCE: Cosmopolitan.com \ WORDS: Peggy Truong