Ariana Grande has broken her silence after it was revealed her fiancé Pete Davidson made a joke about the suicide bomb attack at her Manchester concert last year.
Earlier this week, it came to light that stand-up comic and SNL star Davidson had made an ironic joke linking the suicide attack to Ariana’s popularity.
“Britney Spears didn’t have a terrorist attack at her concert,” Davidson said at The Laugh Factory in Los Angeles last year, according to The Mirror.
Ariana, who got engaged to Pete last month, responded to a fan’s tweet overnight asking how she could be with him, knowing about the controversial joke.
“This has been [very] tough & conflicting on my heart,” she wrote.
“He uses comedy to help [people] feel better [about] how f***ed up things in this world are. We all deal [with] trauma differently,” she said, making reference to the fact that Davidson’s firefighter father died in the Twin Towers on 9/11.
this has been v tough & conflicting on my heart. 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. it was months ago & his intention wasn’t/ is never malicious but it was unfortunate
— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) July 5, 2018
“I of course didn’t find it funny. It was months ago & his intention wasn’t/ is never malicious, but it was unfortunate.”
A source close to Davidson told People:
“The joke was taken out of context. He lost his dad in 9/11 and is close with other victims of violent tragedies. As a way of coping he turns to humor. …He’s obviously sensitive to tragedy as he lost his own father and his intention is to just make people laugh.”
The suicide attacker killed 22 other people and wounded 139 more when he detonated a bomb as thousands of fans were leaving Manchester Arena.