The 23-year-old’s press officer released the following statement to Just Jared:
“Ariana is okay. We are further investigating what happened.”
The support act for the UK dates of the world tour’s European leg, US rapper Bianca Landrau – aka BIA or Perico Princess – tweeted to fans that she and her team are also unharmed.
GUYS WE ARE OKAY !!! THANK YOU WE LOVE YOU ??????
— B I A ?? (@PericoPrincess) May 22, 2017
While details are still rolling in, witnesses have described hearing “loud bangs” at Manchester Arena just after the pop star finished performing.
British Transport Police have confirmed the incident occurred in the foyer area of the stadium at around 10:30pm.
Explosion at Manchester Arena was in the foyer according to British Transport Police. Nearby Holiday Inn is looking after many children pic.twitter.com/wd2fsDhrzK
— Oly Duff (@olyduff) May 22, 2017
Joe Gregory, who was sitting in a car directly across from the arena waiting for his girlfriend (she was inside but is thankfully ok), recorded the loud bang made by the blast.
>>> Listen to this one with sound.
— Joe Gregory (@JoeAaronGregory) May 22, 2017
Emergency services are yet to confirm the cause of the blast but it’s currently being treated as a terrorist incident until police know otherwise.
Various reports suggest a panicked stampede as concertgoers tried to escape may be the primary cause of death and injury.
Our thoughts are with the family and friends of all those involved in this awful incident.
Photo: Getty / Kevin Mazur.