Scooter Braun Opens Up About Ariana Grande's Trauma After Manchester Bombing
By Jennifer Drysdale
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Ariana Grande couldn't have impressed Scooter Braun more in the aftermath of the Manchester bombing.
During a recent interview on the podcast, Big Questions With Cal Fussman, Braun opened up about the tragic attack that killed 22 people after Grande's concert at Manchester Arena last May, and the effect it had on the 24-year-old singer.
According to Braun, "for a little, tiny Italian girl, she is tough as nails," but was a wreck after the terror attack.
"When she found out fans of hers had died, she was so sad," Braun said. "I mean, she cried for days. There was nothing that could stop us. She felt every pain. Every face that they announced, every name -- she wore it on her sleeve, like, every bit of emotion, because that's who she is."
Days later, Braun was preparing to cancel the rest of Grande's Dangerous Woman tour, but Grande wouldn't let him. "She said, ‘If I don't do something, I'm not who I say I am to these people," Braun recalled, revealing that they then decided to organize the One Love Manchester benefit concert.
Two weeks later, Grande returned to the stage, joined by artists like Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry, Coldplay, Pharrell Williams and Niall Horan -- for a concert to bring aid to the survivors and families affected by the tragedy. "It was beyond moving," Braun described, noting that Grande's performance was even more inspiring after she met with victims of the bombing the day before.
"She was distraught," Braun said of Grande, who met 19 families of those killed in the attack. "That was the hardest two hours of either of our lives."