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Ariana Grande's Opener Victoria Monét‏ Reacts to Concert Attack: 'This Was Supposed to Be Their Safe Place'

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Victoria Monét‏, who opened for Ariana Grande at the Manchester Arena concert where 22 people were killed and approximately 59 others were injured following an explosion, says she feels “useless” following the tragedy.

The 24-year-old singer released a statement on Twitter reacting to the suspected suicide bombing.

“I wish I could say that I am ok, but I’m not. Safe? Yes, but heartbroken that loved ones who came to have the night of their lives ended up losing them,” she wrote. “They weren’t safe. I will never understand this hate!”

Monét continued, “This was supposed to be their safe place! I’m so hurt and frustrated I don’t know how to handle this and I can’t smile and I feel useless I’m sorry. Lord help me find strength.”

The performer let fans know that she was going to avoid social media and asked that they keep Manchester in their prayers.

Grande has also spoken out about the devastating news, writing that she was “broken.”

“From the bottom of my heart, I am so so sorry. I don’t have words,” the pop star, 23, tweeted following police confirmation of the number of deaths and injuries.

Chief Constable Ian Hopkins said the explosion occurred around 10:33 p.m. local time near the ticket office outside the arena. The attack was carried out by a lone suspect carrying a bomb, Hopkins said.

“The attacker, I can confirm, died at the arena. We believe the attacker was carrying an improvised explosive device, which he detonated, causing this atrocity,” Hopkins said.

He added, “We have been treating this as a terrorist incident and we believe, at this stage, the attack last night was conducted by one man. The priority is to establish whether he was acting alone or as part of a network.”

Two victims have been identified: 8-year-old Saffie Rose Roussos and 18-year-old college student Georgina Callander.

British Prime Minister Teresa May says her thoughts are with victims and families after what is being treated by police “as an appalling terrorist attack.”