Ariana Grande ‘refuses Damehood out of respect for Manchester Bombing victims’

Ariana Grande has turned down the honour of Damehood in the New Year Honours list in respect for grieving families of the Manchester Arena bomb victims, it has been claimed.

The singer was reportedly put up for the prestigious gong for her response to the devastating attack that left 22 dead at her gig in May 2017.

In the weeks that followed Ariana, 25, returned to the UK to meet victims’ families and youngsters recovering in hospital. She also organised charity concert One Love Manchester which was attended by over 55,000 people with many of those affected by the attack attending the performance.

A source close to Ariana said she was flattered but felt it was ‘too soon’ to accept a Damehood.

The insider said: "[Ariana] 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," they claimed to The Sun.

While a second source added: "She was deeply moved and honoured. She didn’t decline it as such but explained it was not the right time to accept.”

Mirror Online has contacted representatives of Ariana for comment.

Charlotte Hodgson, whose daughter Olivia Campbell Hardy was killed in the blast, has said she supports Ariana’s decision.

“It’s a lovely gesture. She’s right — maybe it is a bit too soon. She’s lovely and would never do anything to hurt any of us,” Charlotte told The Sun.

Ariana, 25, was performing in Manchester last May when Salman Ramadan Abedi detonated a suicide bomb at the end of the gig killing 22 concert goers and injuring over 500 including psychological damage.

The singer later said that she had suffered with PTSD and still thinks about the suicide attack every day.

"There are so many people who have suffered such loss and pain. The processing part is going to take forever,” she told Time magazine.

Ariana has refused to talk about the attack itself saying: “I don’t want to give it that much power."

She explained: "Something so negative. It’s the absolute worst of humanity. That’s why I did my best to react the way I did. The last thing I would ever want is for my fans to see something like that happen and think it won,” she explained.

“Music is supposed to be the safest thing in the world. I think that’s why it’s still so heavy on my heart every single day,” she continued.

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