Ariana Grande has responded after her fiance Pete Davidson caused outrage by making a joke about the Manchester terror attack.
The comedian – who confirmed his engagement to Ariana recently following her split from Mac Miller – gave a stand-up routine in which he mentioned the horrific attack, which saw 22 people tragically pass away as bomber Salman Abedi detonated a bomb at Manchester Arena on May 22 last year.
Speaking five months after the terrible incident took place, Pete allegedly claimed that Ariana must be famous because “Britney Spears didn’t have a terrorist attack at her concert”.
Now Ariana has responded to the shocking comment, replying to a fan who questioned why she was still with her partner after he made the remark.
“I respect Ariana and I want her to be happy and everything, but she was just broken after the Manchester bombing, so I don’t know why she is still with Pete,” one of her followers wrote on Wednesday.
They added: “Like yeah he made that joke a while ago, but like it’s not funny, it’s just rude. This is my opinion,”
Scooter Braun greets Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Perrie Edwards of Little Mix during the One Love Manchester concert [Getty]
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However Ariana was quick to reply, explaining that she didn’t take Pete’s comments lightly.
“This has been v tough & conflicting on my heart,” she wrote. “He uses comedy to help ppl feel better ab how f-ed up things in this world are.
“We all deal w trauma differently. I of course didn’t find it funny.”
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Defending her partner, the No Tears Left To Cry singer wrote: “It was months ago & his intention wasn’t/ is never malicious but it was unfortunate.”
Following news of his comments – which reportedly drew gasps from crowdss at Laugh Factory in Los Angeles – Charlotte Hodgeson, mother of 15 year old Olivia Campbell-Hardy who died in the attack, said she too was “disgusted” by the gag.
“For anyone to joke about this situation is disgusting and I think he should publicly apologise for it,” she told The Mirror. “The families will find it equally as disgusting.
Plus, Jade Clough, an attack survivor claimed she was “shocked” by Pete’s ill thought joke.
“This isn’t something to joke about, it was a terrorist attack targeted at children. You don’t joke about things like that in a stand-up comedy show,” she added.
“I’m still suffering on a daily basis, I still have nightmares, and Ariana herself has suffered from PTSD. What the hell?”
OK! Online have contacted representatives of Ariana and Pete for comment.