Sharing photos of Grande embracing his daughter Jaden, 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.”
Mom Sharon told the Manchester Evening News, “Jaden was just sat there watching TV and she walked in. She was absolutely amazed! It was a complete surprise. She has a big smile anyway but it got even bigger, Ariana gave her a hug and a kiss, she was in awe. It was absolutely fantastic to see, she was so happy.”
“Ariana’s being very strong. She is really looking forward to seeing her fans and spending time with them this weekend,” a source close to the star tells WHO exclusively. “Things are still hard for her, but she’s continuing to lean on her family and friends.”
Concertgoers as young as 8 years old were killed on May 22 when Salman Abedi, 22, detonated an improvised explosive device near the ticket office outside Manchester Arena. Many remained hospitalized in the wake of the attack and several teenagers are among the dead.
After the tragedy, Grande headed to Florida to be with family with a source telling WHO then that the singer was “absolutely crushed” and had barely slept that week.
Now, the 23-year-old pop star is back in the area for a star-studded charity concert to benefit the victims of the attack. She broke the news in a special Twitter message just four days after the tragedy.
“Our response to this violence must be to come closer together, to help each other, to love more, to sing louder and to live more kindly and generously than we did before,” she wrote in the statement.
“I’ll be returning to the incredibly brave city of Manchester to spend some time with my fans and to have a benefit concert in honor of and to raise money for the victims and their families.”