A brave Ariana Grande has touched down in London for her return to Manchester after the horrific bombing last Monday, which saw 22 people lose their lives at the end of her Manchester Arena gig.
The 23-year-old popstar looked in much better spirits compared to last week, when she was pictured arriving home in Florida looking visibly upset as her boyfriend Mac Miller greeted her with a kiss.
Once again, Ariana was joined by Mac and her mum Joan Grande, and this time her dad Edward Butera was thought to be accompanying them on their flight to London.
The star wore a white hoodie and grey leggings as she walked down the steps of her private jet clutching two pieces of hand luggage, with an oversized pink sports bag slung off her shoulder.
Her long brunette hair was scraped back in a travel-worthy plait as she stepped carefully off the plane and into a black SUV that was waiting on the runway for her and her entourage.
A besuited security guard could be seen next to her car – perhaps one of the ex-military squad she’s brought in to bulk up her personal protection.
Ariana will be headlining the One Love Manchester concert this Sunday (June 4), which aims to raise millions of pounds for the survivors of the terrorist atrocity.
Tickets went on general sale yesterday but were all snapped up six minutes after they went online, leaving many fans brokenhearted that they couldn’t pay their respects in person at the Emirates Old Trafford ground.
Some have even been tweeting Ariana directly to appeal to her in the hopes she’d be able to grant them spaces at the show.
The concert organisers are stepping up security at the gig, pulling in 600 stewards to look after the tens of thousands of fans who will be there.
They’ve also warned concertgoers not to bring bags with them as they want to get people inside the venue as quickly as possible.
Unfortunately, many of the survivors of May 22’s blast have been left unable to attend the benefit gig because of problems registering for their free tickets.
As Mirror Online reported on Wednesday, Ticketmaster was beset with problems as those who had purchased their tickets from resale sites including Get Me In, Viagogo, Seatwave and StubHub were unable to register without the original booking reference.
John Alesbury, 52, from Levenshulme, was at the concert with his 17-year-old daughter Ava, from Heywood.
The pair had a lucky escape after being directed to an exit on the opposite side of the Arena from the bombing site as they left their seats at 10.30pm, just a minute before the explosion.
John had paid cash for their tickets in person at the Manchester Arena box office.
When he registered for the free tickets put aside for those at the original gig, it asked for a booking reference which they didn’t have.
And on Thursday night they had still heard nothing from Ticketmaster, leaving the teenager devastated.
John told the Manchester Evening News: “She’s a strong girl but I can tell she’s heartbroken. Music is her life. She looks after her disabled mum so it is her only escape.
“It’s been a tough week. She broke down when she got home on Monday. And this new concert being announced had really cheered her up. She loves music and she loves Manchester so it would have been great for her.
“But now she’s devastated at the thought of not going.”
He added: “We’re not touts or chancers. We were there and it’s so frustrating everyone that so many people who weren’t are getting tickets and we can’t.”
Abbie Sisson, the sister of a young girl left traumatised by the Manchester bombing, slammed the touts trying to cash in on the massacre.
Abbie had bought tickets from a secondary seller on the Twickets website but could not attend.
But she was disgusted to find the original buyer had registered himself for the free entry to the One Love Manchester, potentially denying her and 10-year-old sister Poppie’s chance to attend the benefit gig on Sunday – that will now feature Robbie Williams.
Abbie, 25, of Ripley, Derbys, said of her experience: “We had to live through the trauma of what happened that night, and this guy has flippantly given the tickets to friends.
“He has no remorse and doesn’t seem to care about what we’ve been through.
“We’re talking about a 10-year-old girl who is traumatised and I’m trying to help us deal with it by going to that gig and showing Poppie that not every concert ends this way.
“How could he be so heartless to deny us tickets?”
Selling site Ticketmaster has since allocated the sisters entry to the show.
The ticket problems also meant that touts who had bulk-bought tour tickets when they were first released last year could get their hands on scores of free tickets simply because they had the booking information at hand, allowing them to profit twice-over, despite the organisers insisting that only those who were at the Manchester Arena gig could come on Sunday.
Ticketmaster confirmed yesterday to Mirror Online that some 10,000 fraudulent claims were made by “unscrupulous” hopefuls, meaning the site has had to verify each person’s details to be sure they were entitled to a free ticket.