“[W]ishing I could give my friend @arianagrande a great big hug right now…” Cyrus, 24, wrote on Instagram. “[L]ove love love you… so sorry you had to be apart of such a tragic event! my most sincere condolences to anyone and everyone affected by this horrific attack!”
wishing I could give my friend @arianagrande a great big hug right now… love love love you …. so sorry you had to be apart of such a tragic event! my most sincere condolences to anyone and everyone affected by this horrific attack! all I can do is send as much HOPE & PEACE your way! This MUST end! No more war …. no more innocent lives taken …. L-O-V-E 💙❤️💜💚💛 @happyhippiefdn
“[A]ll I can do is send as much HOPE & PEACE your way!” Cyrus continued. “This MUST end! No more war… no more innocent lives taken… L-O-V-E.”
A reported 59 people were injured during the explosion at Manchester Arena in the U.K. after Grande, 23, finished her concert.
Grande took to Twitter just hours after the attack, writing, “Broken. From the bottom of my heart, I am so so sorry. I don’t have words.”
Musicians and celebrities from around the world expressed their condolences to Grande and the concertgoers inside Manchester Arena.
“My prayers go out to ppl of Manchester… Had special times there from youth & beyond,” Cher tweeted.
“Praying for everyone at @ArianaGrande’s show,” Katy Perry wrote on Twitter.
“Tearing up imagining innocent concert goers losing their lives.. praying for everyone and all #arianators,” Demi Lovato tweeted.
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.”