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Pete Davidson criticised for making a joke about the Manchester bombing

Well this is... unfortunate.

By Grace O'Neill
Pete Davidson Ariana Grande Manchester Attack Joke

Pete Davidson, fiancé of Ariana Grande, has been slammed for a recently-unearthed joke he made about the Manchester terrorist attacks during a stand-up set in Puerto Rico last year. According to the Mirror, Davidson joked that "Britney Spears didn't have a terrorist attack at her concert", referring to the May 2017 terrorist attack which saw 22 people killed while leaving an Ariana Grande concert.

Grande famously returned to Manchester to stage the 'One Love Manchester' benefit concert, rallying together her A-list friends ranging from Katy Perry and Justin Bieber to Miley Cyrus, Robbie Williams and the Pharrell, to raise money for the victims of the attack (alongside the 22 victims more than 800 people were injured).

Davidson — a stand-up comic and *Saturday Night Live cast member — made the joke before he and Ariana Grande had begun dating (they famously dated for only three weeks before getting engaged last month). A source close to the couple says the remarks have been taken out of context.

Pete's father was a firefighter killed in the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and some have suggested that the pair's both experiencing a traumatic event may have been part of what drew Pete and Ariana togther.

"The joke was taken out of context," a source told People. "Pete lost his dad in 9/11 and is close with other victims of violent tragedies. As a way of coping he turns to humour."

The mother of Olivia Campbell-Hardy, a 15-year-old victim of the Manchester attacks, has slammed Davidson for the joke, calling it "disgusting". "For anyone to joke about this situation is disgusting and I think he should publicly apologise for it," she told The Mirror.

So far, neither Pete or Ariana have responded to the story.