Ariana Grande Suffered PTSD After Manchester Terror Attack
Ariana Grande recently shared she has been suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in the aftermath of the Manchester terror attack.
On May 22, 2017, a suicide bomber, armed with a home-made bomb, detonated in the foyer of the Manchester Arena shortly after Grande’s “Dangerous Woman” tour show finished. The 22-year-old Salman Abedi killed 22 innocent people along with himself.
“It’s hard to talk about because so many people have suffered such severe, tremendous loss,” Grande told British Vogue Magazine. She explained that the dizziness and anxiety she felt were indicative of PTSD.
“But, yeah, it’s a real thing. I know those families and my fans, and everyone there experienced a tremendous amount of it as well.”
“I don’t think I’ll ever know how to talk about it and not cry,” she added.
PTSD is an anxiety disorder whereby a person relives a past distressing event as though it were happening again. The person may have nightmares and flashbacks about the event. They can feel isolated, guilty, and have trouble concentrating and sleeping.
On the first anniversary of the attack, May 22, 2018, Grande wrote on Twitter: “Thinking of you all today and every day. I love you with all of me and am sending you all of the light and warmth I have to offer on this challenging day.”
She also got a tattoo as a symbol of hope, and in tribute to the bombing victims. The tattoo is a bee that sits behind her ear. The worker bee is an official symbol of Manchester and alludes to the city’s industrial past. It carries the meaning of hard work and cooperation.
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— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) May 24, 2018