Ariana Grande has reportedly turned down one of Britain’s highest honours, declining a Damehood for her response to the 2017 Manchester terror attack.
As many would sadly still remember, May 2017 was marred by tragedy after a suicide bomber attacked the Manchester Arena, killing 23 people, including himself.
The attack occurred as fans were leaving an Ariana Grande concert at the venue and had a profound impact on both musicians and fans all over the world.
In the immediate aftermath, onlookers were amazed by Grande’s response as she visited injured fans in hospital and even organised a benefit concert for victims just two weeks later.
However, it seems as though her efforts did not go unnoticed, with the singer reportedly being honoured a Damehood for her work.
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As The Sun reports, an unnamed source claims that the ‘thank u, next’ singer was offered a Damehood, but “politely” declined the honour at the time.
“Ariana was flattered but said it was too soon,” the source explained. “She explained she was still grieving. So were scores of families.”
“She feared some affected might see it as insensitive. The committee wrote to her but she politely said no.”
“She was deeply moved and honoured,” another source reportedly explained. “She didn’t decline it as such but explained it was not the right time to accept.”
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While Damehoods are undoubtedly one of the higher honours bestowed by the British Crown, it’s not uncommon for potential recipients to decline such an offer.
While Ariana Grande’s Damehood would have been honorary due to her American citizenship, she joins the likes of Vanessa Redgrave, Glenda Jackson, and Dorothy Hodgkin in turning down the offer.
Just last month, Ariana Grande opened up about the infamous Manchester attacks, sharing a letter she wrote as part of an episode of her Ariana Grande: Dangerous Woman Diaries docu-series.
“I’m writing to you this February 22, 2018. It’s been eight months since the attack at our show at the Manchester Arena,” the letter reads. “It’s impossible to know where to start or to know what to say about this part. May 22, 2017, will leave me speechless and filled with questions for the rest of my life.”
“Music is an escape. Music is the safest thing I’ve ever known. Music – pop music, stan culture – is something that brings people together, introduces them to some of their best friends, and makes them feel like they can be themselves. It is comfort. It is fun. It is expression. It is happiness. It is the last thing that would ever harm someone. It is safe.”
“When something so opposite and so poisonous takes place in your world that is supposed to be everything but that… it is shocking and heartbreaking in a way that seems impossible to fully recover from.”