Ariana Grande has responded after fans rediscovered a joke about the Manchester Bombing made by her now-fiancé Pete Davidson.
Back in 2017, Pete joked about the bombing of Ariana’s Manchester concert during a stand-up comedy set. The comments were made well before their relationship started in May 2018.
Pete joked that in the wake of the bombing Ariana must have realised how famous she was because “Britney Spears didn’t have a terrorist attack at her concert”.
The comment re-appeared and caused waves this week, with fans hurt and upset that Ariana would seek a relationship with someone who had joked about the tragedy.
Ariana has now responded to her fans on Twitter.
She wrote, “This has been v tough & conflicting on my heart. he uses comedy to help ppl feel better ab how f-ed up things in this world are. we all deal w trauma differently. I of course didn’t find it funny. it was months ago & his intention wasn’t/ is never malicious but it was unfortunate.”
Charlotte Hodgson, whose daughter Olivia died in the attack, told the Mirror, “We don’t need jokes about it, there have been plenty around, and it’s heartbreaking to hear every day. But for someone so famous to be doing it and now to be with Ariana, it’s outrageous.”
A source close to Pete told People Magazine, “The joke was taken out of context. He lost his dad in 9/11 and is close with other victims of violent tragedies. As a way of coping he turns to humor. …He’s obviously sensitive to tragedy as he lost his own father and his intention is to just make people laugh.”