A father of three from Georgia has written an open letter to singer Ariana Grande in the wake of the Manchester bombing. 22 people, including seven children, were killed when suicide bomber Salman Abedi detonated a device in the foyer of the Manchester Arena as thousands of people were leaving following Ariana’s show in the city. Grande went on social media to say that she was “broken” and “so so sorry” following the attack, leading 44-year-old Patrick Millsaps to write his letter which has since gone viral.
— Patrick Millsaps (@PatrickMillsaps) May 24, 2017
“Dear Miss Grande,
I am the father of three daughters – ages 13, 12 and 12. So, you have been a part of our family for years. On occasion, your songs may have stayed on the radio AFTER I have dropped the girls off at school. I will neither confirm nor deny that I have personally seen every episode of Sam & Kat.
“Since you are a part of our family and after reading a tweet you posted on the Twitter the other night; I’m afraid I need to set you straight girl. So listen up and receive some redneck love from a daddy of daughters.
“You don’t have a dadgum thing to apologise for. If some jackass had gotten drunk and killed someone with his car next to your hotel in Manchester, would you feel responsible? If the night before your concert, a tornado had hit Manchester and tragically killed several people who were going to see your concert, would you feel the need to apologise? You see, you are no more responsible for the actions of an insane coward who committed an evil act in your proximity than you would be for a devastating natural disaster or acts or morons near your hotel. Your text was some stickin’ thinkin’ in that regard.”
The letter went on:
“Spend time with your God, your family and your friends who will give you space and support when you need it. When you and only when you are ready, on behalf of all the days of love your… um… whose daughters love your music SING AGAIN.
“Music is the international language of peace. Every time you open your mouth and share that incredible God-given gift to the world, you make this crappy world a little less crappy.”
The letter has been retweeted thousands of times and liked by pop stars including Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj, and Miley Cyrus. Millsaps says he feels humbled by the response his letter has received, adding:
Ariana has suspended her Dangerous Woman tour in order to pay “proper respects to those lost.”
Meanwhile, the Queen has been visiting victims of the attack at a Manchester children’s hospital, while also saying she thinks Grande is “a very good singer.”
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