Sweet, strong, gentle-hearted angel Ariana Grande has been a rock for her fans since the horrific blast that claimed the lives of 22 people at her Manchester concert in May. 

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Now, in recognition of the comfort and strength she provided to her young fans, the city of Manchester is making her an honorary citizen. 

Leader of the Manchester city council Richard Leese described Grande as “a young American woman for whom it would have been understandable if she never wanted to see this place again.

But instead, he said, she “brought comfort to thousands and raised millions” – referring, of course, to the One Love Manchester benefit concert that she headlined less than two weeks after the bombing. All the money (more than $3 million) went straight to the Red Cross‘s emergency fund for victims of the blast. 

And don’t forget the fans she visited in hospital, and her heartbroken message to the people of Manchester, and the fact that her mum is just as awesome as she is… 

The singer posted a screenshot of the announcement, with the caption:

“I don’t know what to say. Words don’t suffice. I’m moved and honored. My heart is very much still there. I love you. Thank you.”

I don’t know what to say. Words don’t suffice. I’m moved and honored. My heart is very much still there. I love you. Thank you. ??

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If anyone deserves an honorary Mancunian citizenship, it’s her. 

Source: AP.

Image: Getty Images.