Ariana And Pete Are Still Together, Despite Manchester Joke
"We all deal with trauma differently."
Ariana Grande has come to the defense of her hubby-to-be Pete Davidson after a joke he told about the Manchester bombing resurfaced last week.
Dug up by The Mirror, Davidson was performing last year at an event for Puerto Rico hurricane relief at LA's Laugh Factory when he joked that the bombing -- which killed 22 people -- must have made Ari realise how famous she was, because "Britney Spears didn't have a terrorist attack at her concert".
The joke was immediately divisive, with sources telling The Mirror that the joke "drew gasps" from the audience.
"Everyone squirmed in their seats," said on reported onlooker. "The event five months earlier was still pretty fresh, and there were plenty of British tourists in the crowd."
After resurfacing, fans and victims of the attack have been quick to condemn Davidson, with Charlotte Hodgson -- mother to 15-year-old bombing victim Olivia Campbell-Hardy -- telling The Mirror: “For anyone to joke about this situation is disgusting and I think he should publicly apologise for it. The families will find it equally as disgusting.
“We don’t need jokes about it, there have been plenty around, and it’s heartbreaking to hear every day," Hodgson added. "But for someone so famous to be doing it and now to be with Ariana, it’s outrageous. I think she would be horrified too.”
Ariana has now spoken out about the joke, and although many fans speculated that this would provoke the end of Ari and Pete's whirlwind romance, it seems #Grandson lives on.
Responding to a fan questioning why she was choosing to stick by her fiancé, Ari tweeted that the incident had been 'very tough and conflicting' for her.
Calling the situation "unfortunate", Ari said: "I of course didn't find it funny".
In a recent issue of British Vogue, Ariana opened up about her the affect the bombing has had on her life and her struggles with anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder, saying that it was still "hard to talk about because so many people... suffered such severe, tremendous loss".
She continued: “But, yeah, [PTSD] is a real thing. I know those families and my fans, and everyone there experienced a tremendous amount of it as well. Time is the biggest thing. I feel like I shouldn’t even be talking about my own experience – like I shouldn’t even say anything. I don’t think I’ll ever know how to talk about it and not cry.”
Despite not finding Davidson's joke funny, Ariana tried to rationalise Davidson's joke for her disappointed fans, saying: 'we all deal with trauma differently... his intention wasn't malicious'.
'He uses comedy to help people feel better about how fucked up things in this world are,' she said. Davidson's late father died in the 9/11 terrorist attack on New York City, a topic he regularly jokes about in his comedy routines.
Ari went on to tell her fans: "I hear and respect you all always", adding "thank you and I love you" to a fan who said that the Arianators "hear and respect" her also.
Pete Davidson has yet to comment on the joke.
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