It’s been a year since the horrific Manchester Arena bombing during Ariana Grande’s concert in the city.
Following the terror attack 22 people were discovered to have lost their lives when a suicide bomber detonated an explosive in the foyer of the venue, just as Ariana finished her set.
Now, a year later both the city and the artist have been paying tribute to the victims of that night.
The Dangerous Woman singer and her family has gathered to pay their respects in a vigil for victims, after the singer previously shared her wishes to be in the UK on social media earlier today.
And now she has revealed she’s had a bee (the insect has become a rallying cry for the city and the victims of tragedy since May last year) tattooed behind her ear.
She revealed the small but touching, and personal, tribute to the victims and city on Twitter tonight. She simply captioned it ‘forever’.
In a post added to Twitter earlier today, Ariana’s mum, Joan, shared a sweet photo of her with Ariana and their family and friends as they gathered in what appeared to be a sitting room.
Embracing around a grand piano, they gathered behind 22 candles – one for each of the victims – arranged in the shape of a love heart.
‘It is unbelievable how May 22, 2017 started last year in Manchester! Who would ever have imagined the horrors that awaited us all,’ Joan wrote. ‘One year later I look to the strength of Manchester with a bowed head, and love in my heart! At home last night, all together & grateful!’
Yesterday Ariana, who has just released her first song in a year, No Tears Left To Cry, shared her wishes to be at the Manchester vigil, as thousands of mourners gathered to remember those who lost their lives during the event.
Mourners gathered in Manchester this week,
The singer saw a video of the fans belting out her latest track, which has become a symbol of hope after the tragedy, and shared it, telling them she wished she’d been there.
Earlier in the day she’d paid her own tribute to the victims, as she wrote: ‘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.’
Ariana also has a bee tattoo on he forearm, which she had inked on last year in the days following the attack. It came after hundreds of Mancunians had the city’s worker bee tattooed onto their arms for free as a sign of solidarity and remembrance for those who lost their lives.