Three days after Davidson’s Manchester bombing joke resurfaced, Grande responded to a fan who asked why she is still engaged to the Saturday Night Live star.
“I respect Ariana and I want her to be happy and everything, but she was just broken after the Manchester bombing, so I don’t know why she is still with Pete, like yeah he made that joke a while ago, but like it’s not funny, it’s just rude. This is my opinion,” Twitter user @ariissalegend wrote on Wednesday.
Thursday, Grande replied on social media.
“this has been v tough & conflicting on my heart. he uses comedy to help ppl feel better ab how f-ed up things in this world are. we all deal w trauma differently. I of course didn’t find it funny. it was months ago & his intention wasn’t/ is never malicious but it was unfortunate,” the “No Tears Left to Cry” singer, 25, tweeted, later adding: “i hear and respect you all always.”
During a stand-up benefit show last fall, Davidson, 24 commented on Grande’s fame. According to the Mirror he joked, “Britney Spears didn’t have a terrorist attack at her concert,” referencing the tragedy which killed 22 people and injured over 800 in May 2017.
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The joke resurfaced earlier this week, and Charlotte Hodgson — whose 15-year-old daughter Olivia Campbell-Hardy was killed in the attack — blasted Davidson, telling the Mirror his joke was “disgusting,” adding: “We don’t need jokes about it, there have been plenty around, and it’s heartbreaking to hear every day. But for someone so famous to be doing it and now to be with Ariana, it’s outrageous.”
A source close to Davidson told PEOPLE: “The joke was taken out of context. He lost his dad in 9/11 and is close with other victims of violent tragedies. As a way of coping he turns to humor. …He’s obviously sensitive to tragedy as he lost his own father and his intention is to just make people laugh.”