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How Ariana Grande's loved ones reacted to the Manchester Arena tragedy

Ariana’s mum helped fans stay safe backstage.

By Jessica Chandra

When Ariana Grande took to the stage at Manchester Arena on Monday night, she never could have imagined that her concert would end with an explosion that killed 22 people — many of them children — and injured 59 others.

The act of terrorism, which has been claimed by ISIS, was the work of a British 22-year-old man, who was armed with an improvised explosive device that left many with ‘shrapnel-like wounds.’ British Prime Minister Theresa May warned citizens to be on high alert, saying, “It is a possibility we cannot ignore that there is a wider group of individuals linked to this attack.”

Immediately after the attack, it was reported that Ariana and her team were safe, but that the singer was “in hysterics” and “inconsolable.” Hours after the attack, Ariana broke her silence when she tweeted:

“broken.
from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don't have words.”

The rest of her European tour was cancelled, and she has since returned to Florida, where she was greeted by her boyfriend, Mac Miller.

Here’s how other people in Ari’s camp responded to the devastating news.

Joan Grande, Ariana’s mother

TMZ reports that Joan was still sitting in the front row when the explosion went off, and that she “helped escort some of her panicked young fans backstage.”

Joan was about to head backstage to see her daughter, so she told a group of around 10 kids to come with her and Ariana’s security team. Joan stayed with Ariana’s fans until it was safe for them to exit the arena.

She also posted this #MemorialDay tweet in memory of, "all those that helped in any way that night in Manchester."

Frankie Grande, Ariana's brother

Frankie Grande has broken his social media silence to show his support for his sister and thank the fans for their strength during this awful time. He posted this on Instagram:

He also shared a link to the crowdfunding page that is raising money for the families of those killed and injured in the Manchester Arena attack.

So far the page has raised £1,813,878, but hopefully with Frankie’s post the page will be able to reach its £2 million target.

Scooter Braun, Ariana’s manager

Scooter, Ariana’s manager, tweeted the statement:

Aaron Spears, Ariana’s drummer

Aaron originally posted a statement about the team’s safety on Instagram that read:

He followed that with his account of the explosion: