Taylor Swift, Harry Styles and Niall Horan lead celeb tributes to Manchester concert victims
Stars of music, film and television have paid tribute to the victims of the Manchester Arena terror attack on Monday night.
At least 22 people have died and more than 59 are injured after an Ariana Grande concert was targeted in the city.
Gary Barlow, Olly Murs, Harry Styles, and Irish star Niall Horan are among those who have offered their shock and condolences on social media.
Horan old his followers on Twitter: "Absolutely horrendous what happened in Manchester tonight. My thoughts are with the great people of Manchester and also Ari and her team xx."
Take That singer and Manchester native Gary Barlow: "Sad, sad news from Manchester. Praying for all the victims and families involved."
Olly Murs wrote: "Shocked! Can't believe it!! Sending my love to everyone that was @ManchesterArena tonight!" He added: "No one should go to a concert and never come home."
Absolutely Horrendous what happened in Manchester tonight. My thoughts are with the great people of Manchester and also Ari and her team xx— Niall Horan (@NiallOfficial) May 23, 2017
I'm heartbroken over what happened in Manchester tonight.— Harry Styles. (@Harry_Styles) May 23, 2017
Sending love to everyone involved. H
Sad, sad news from Manchester. Praying for all the victims and families involved.— Gary Barlow (@GaryBarlow) May 23, 2017
In total shock and absolutely devastated about what's gone down in MANCHESTER sending Love and Light to all the family's involved LG x— Liam Gallagher (@liamgallagher) May 23, 2017
Shocked! Can't believe it!! Sending my love to everyone that was @ManchesterArena tonight!— Olly Murs (@ollyofficial) May 22, 2017
Sending love to those affected in Manchester.— Ellie Goulding (@elliegoulding) May 22, 2017
Celebrities from the US and beyond also paid tribute to the victims, including Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, Ellen DeGeneres, and Demi Lovato.
"My thoughts, prayers and tears for all those affected by the Manchester tragedy tonight. I'm sending all my love," Swift added, while Perry wrote: "Broken hearted for the families tonight. Broken hearted for Ari. Broken hearted for the state of this world."
My thoughts, prayers and tears for all those affected by the Manchester tragedy tonight. I'm sending all my love.— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) May 23, 2017
Broken hearted for the families tonight. Broken hearted for Ari. Broken hearted for the state of this world.— KATY PERRY (@katyperry) May 23, 2017
Tearing up imagining innocent concert goers losing their lives.. praying for everyone and all #arianators.— Demi Lovato (@ddlovato) May 22, 2017
This story is so sad and so scary. Sending all my love to Manchester.— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) May 23, 2017
Thoughts, prayers and my whole ❤️ are with Manchester this evening.— Jennifer Lopez (@JLo) May 23, 2017
My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone affected in Manchester.— Selena Gomez (@selenagomez) May 23, 2017
Meanwhile, James Corden has paid an emotional tribute while presenting The Late Late Show in the US.
He said: “It shocks me every time we hear this sort of news that attacks like this can happen, but especially when there will be so many children at this concert tonight.
“And I’m telling you, a more tight-knit group of people you will be hard pressed to find. Strong, proud, caring people with community at its core.
“And if it was even possible, the spirit of the people of Manchester will grow even stronger this evening. My thoughts and prayers are with the everyone in Manchester tonight.”
He said viewers in the US would have heard of the city for “many wonderful things”, including its two leading football teams and bands such as Oasis and Joy Division.
“It was the birthplace of the leader of the suffragettes. It’s the home of the inventor of the first computer. It’s a place full of comedy and curries and character,” he added.
The incident is thought to have happened at around half past ten shortly after Grande left the stage following her final song of the night.
Concert-goers describe hearing a loud bang before the crowd began heading for the exits.
Grande later told her fans on social media: "Broken. From the bottom of my heart, I am so so sorry. I don't have words."
broken.— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) May 23, 2017
from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don't have words.
Grande’s management team, Scooter Braun Projects, said they had been left heartbroken by the incident and praised the actions of Manchester’s emergency services.
They said in a statement: “Words cannot express our sorrow for the victims and families harmed in this senseless attack.
“We mourn the lives of children and loved ones taken by this cowardly act.
“We are thankful for the selfless service tonight of Manchester’s first responders who rushed toward danger to help save lives.
“We ask all of you to hold the victims, their families, and all those affected in your hearts and prayers.”
Belfast Telegraph Digital