ARIANA Grande is an American pop star who was caught up in the Manchester terror attack after a suicide bomber attacked fans as they left her show.
The singer pulled together an all-star charity concert to raise money for the victims and was named an honorary citizen of Manchester as a result of her work. But who is the powerful pop superstar?
Who is Ariana Grande? What’s her background?
Singer and actress Ariana Grande-Butera was born in Boca Raton, Florida on June 26, 1993 – making her 24 years old.
She is of Italian descent and her name is believed to be inspired by Princess Oriana from Felix the Cat.
Her parents separated when she was eight years old and she moved to New York with her mother and half-brother Frankie, who was one of the contestants on Celebrity Big Brother in 2016.
Ariana made her Broadway debut in 2008 when she landed the supporting role of cheerleader Charlotte in the musical 13.
Following her stint on Broadway, she landed the role of Cat Valentine in the Nickelodeon show Victorious, a role for which she had to dye her hair red every week.
Ariana stayed on the show until its third and final season and went on to star in a spin-off of Victorious and another Nickelodeon show iCarly, called Sam and Cat, which aired for a year.
When did Ariana start her music career and what are her biggest hits?
Ariana’s debut album, Yours Truly, was released in September 2013 and debuted at the top of the US chart.
She’s since released two more albums, My Everything (2014) and Dangerous Woman (2016).
Ariana’s biggest hits include One Last Time, Into You, Problem, Break Free and Side To Side.
What happened at Ariana Grande’s Manchester concert in May 2017?
On May 22, 2017, a suicide bomber left 22 people dead after an explosion at Ariana’s concert at Manchester Arena.
The singer had just left the stage when the terrorist attack happened.
Ariana tweeted her condolences to those who lost their lives and their families.
She said: “Broken from the bottom of my heart, I am so so sorry. I don’t have words.”
As well as Ariana – Take That, Justin Bieber, Coldplay, Niall Horan, Jonathan Siennicki said Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Pharrell Williams and Liam Gallagher took to the stage and raised money for the Red Cross’s Manchester Emergency Fund.
All of the survivors of the bombing were given free tickets to the tribute gig.
There were a number of notable moments, including the dancing policeman, the enthusiastic security guard, Ariana’s emotional duet with the Parrs Wood High School choir and the singer’s tribute to victim Olivia Campbell.
On July 12, 2017, it was revealed that Ariana had been made an honorary citizen of the city by Manchester City Council.
Who is Ariana Grande’s boyfriend Mac Miller?
Ariana is currently dating rapper Mac Miller, 25, and confirmed it during an interview with Ellen DeGeneres on her chat show.
He sang a duet with Ariana at the One Love Manchester concert.
Mac Miller, whose real name is Malcom James McCormick, is a self-taught musician and released his fourth album in 2016 called The Divine Family.
Ariana was consoled by Mac as she returned to the US following the bombing last year.
After the atrocity, the singer quit Britain and flew back to America with her mum Joan, who accompanied her on tour.
She was pictured getting off the private plane in Florida and walking down the steps into the arms of her rapper boyfriend.