Celebrities from across the globe condemned the terrorist attack at the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, UK that killed at least 19 people and left over 50 others injured.
"Our prayers and strength to the victims and their families involved in this tragedy in Manchester. Stay strong. .@ArianaGrande," tweeted Dwayne Johnson.
John Stamos, who plays famous Uncle Jessie in comedy series Full House, informed his fans that he was also doing his tour only half a mile from the blast site, but he is safe, "We're on tour a half mile away from explosion but SAFE! Insane world. Grab all the peace and love you can. Praying now."
Ariana Grande's music contemporaries Ketty Perry, Bruno Mars and Cash Cahs also tweeted their shock and sympathies.
According to an official statement by her manager, Ariana Grande is safe.
But, unfortunately, some of her fans were not so lucky. "So far 19 people have been confirmed dead with around 50 others injured,” Greater Manchester Police said in a statement.
“This is currently being treated as a terrorist incident until police know otherwise,” the statement said.
Eyewitnesses reported hearing a loud “bang” from inside the venue, which was playing host to a concert by American pop star Ariana Grande. Video footage from the scene showed bloodied victims being helped by emergency services.Grande is safe, her spokesperson said.
“It was one bang and essentially everyone from the other side of the arena where the bang was heard from suddenly came running towards us,” an eyewitness said.The blasts reportedly went off at the end of the concert near the box office area of the venue.
“Some people were screaming they’d seen blood but other people were saying it was balloons busting or a speaker had been popped,” said another eyewitness.
The UK’s Network Rail said train lines out of Manchester Victoria station, which is close to the concert venue, were blocked.
I'm heartbroken over what happened in Manchester tonight.— Harry Styles. (@Harry_Styles) May 23, 2017
Sending love to everyone involved. H
On behalf of The Voice, our hearts go out to the people at @ArianaGrande's concert in Manchester, England.
You're in our thoughts tonight.— The Voice (@NBCTheVoice) May 23, 2017
Just played Manchester.. crazy.. really don't have words. I'm so sorry. should be a safe place. :( Thinking of all those affected.— Sabrina Carpenter (@SabrinaAnnLynn) May 22, 2017
Our prayers and strengh to the victims and their families involved in this tragedy in Manchester. Stay strong. @ArianaGrande 🙏🏾— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) May 22, 2017
Sending our thoughts and prayers to @ArianaGrande and her fans at the show in England. Concerts are supposed to be a safe + fun place to be— Cash Cash (@cashcash) May 22, 2017
Devastated. Music is an escape. Concerts are the epitome of that joy.— Jordan Fisher (@Jordan_Fisher) May 22, 2017
Tearing up imagining innocent concert goers losing their lives.. praying for everyone and all #arianators. 🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼— Demi Lovato (@ddlovato) May 22, 2017
Sending love to those affected in Manchester.— Ellie Goulding (@elliegoulding) May 22, 2017
💔stay strong Manchester💔— josh groban (@joshgroban) May 22, 2017
Praying for everyone at @ArianaGrande's show— KATY PERRY (@katyperry) May 22, 2017
No words can describe how I feel about what happened in Manchester. I don't wanna believe that the world we live in could be so cruel.— Bruno Mars (@BrunoMars) May 23, 2017
My thoughts and prayers are with the people of Manchester, any one affected, @ArianaGrande and the entire crew. Heartbreaking— P!nk (@Pink) May 23, 2017
My heart breaks for everyone who endured the terrifying attack at Ariana Grande's show in Manchester. I'm praying for everyone there...— Paula Abdul (@PaulaAbdul) May 23, 2017
No words.......My heart is with Manchester.....Please #PrayForDWTManchester— Sofia Carson (@SofiaCarson) May 23, 2017
We're on tour a half mile away from explosion but SAFE! Insane world. Grab all the peace and love you can. Praying now. #Manchester— John Stamos (@JohnStamos) May 23, 2017