“Just to know someone who goes through that, it [also] makes my life seem more real, shows where we are at,” Cyrus, 24, said.
“Now, I think not only for my safety, but for everyone else. It’s really been an eye-opener and for my friend Ariana, it’s just beyond me. And I can’t wait till I get a second to give her a big hug for sure.”
The statements come just days after Salman Abedi, 22, detonated an explosive at around 10:33 p.m. local time on Monday near the ticket office outside Manchester Arena, Greater Manchester Police Chief Constable Ian Hopkins said.
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Cyrus said on Friday that the incident has prompted her to rethink her low-key, minimal security lifestyle.
“I’m also someone that … I don’t like a lot of people around. I don’t really have the team and crew around me; I usually like to lay really low-key … I don’t really roll with a crew or security team or whatever,” she said. “So now I realize that I need to know that I’m around a lot of people and to protect myself and protect everyone that’s here.”
She added: “I take that more seriously and will be more cautious.”
An insider recently told PEOPLE that Grande is “absolutely crushed” and has “barely slept this week.”