Ariana Grande’s:Ariana Grande’s mother Joan Grande had an empowering message for concertgoers in Manchester Sunday.
The pop star’s 48-year-old mother joined fans in the crowd at the One Love Manchester show at Old Trafford Cricket Ground, telling them, ‘Do not be afraid,’ according to The Guardian.
The powerful message came in the wake of the terrorist attack at her daughter’s May 22 show at the Manchester Arena that left 22 people dead and more than a hundred others injured.
Joan’s altruistic actions Sunday come as no surprise, as she helped corral as many as 10 kids to safety backstage during the incident in Manchester.
According to TMZ, Joan had been seated up front when the suicide bomber detonated his device, causing horrified chaos in the area. Joan was assisted by Ariana’s security in leading a group of young fans to the safety of dressing rooms inside the venue, and helping keep them calm until authorities evacuated the area.
Joan on Monday took to Twitter to share her thoughts on the horrifying incident, saying she spent the week of the attack ‘in reflective thought, prayer & deep sorrow’ over ‘the diabolical act of terror,’ adding, ‘I join my daughter in extending my help & services to all those affected.’
Joan said her heart went out ‘to all the victims,’ adding she stands with ‘those who lost their lives, those injured, those recovering & all survivors of that night, along with the families & friends whose grief knows no bounds.’
The three-hour show was a star-studded spectacle, as huge names such as hometown hero Liam Gallagher, Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry and Justin Bieber joined forces with Ariana to raise in excess of $13 million for the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund, according to the British Red Cross.
The 23-year-old Grande was teary as she sang Over the Rainbow to finish out the historic event, which had more than 50,000 in attendance.
Huge turnout: More than 50,000 fans packed the venue Sunday, raising around $13 million in proceeds for the victims of the Manchester Arena attack last month
Keeping the faith: Fans help their hands in a heart shape, as a message of love permeated through the crowd