Manchester arena attack: US pop star Ariana Grande an uncontroversial kids' favourite
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Pop star Ariana Grande, whose concert was struck by one of Britain's deadliest attacks in years, is a favorite of pre-teens rarely known for causing a stir.
The 23-year-old former child star called her last album "Dangerous Woman" but her controversies have been markedly low-key, with the "danger" in her lyrics more about love than anything more sinister.
Grande wrote on Twitter that she felt "broken" after Monday's deadly attack, which sent screaming fans fleeing the venue after a blast in the foyer of the Manchester Arena moments after the left the stage.
"From the bottom of my heart, I am so so sorry. I don't have words," she wrote.
broken.— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) May 23, 2017
from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don't have words.
Broken hearted for the families tonight. Broken hearted for Ari. Broken hearted for the state of this world. ????— KATY PERRY (@katyperry) May 23, 2017
Born in Florida, Grande showed promise from an early age in theater and by her teenage years had joined a Broadway musical, moving to New York where she sang on the side.
Grande entered the public eye when she was cast on the Nickelodeon sitcom "Victorious," playing the talented but at times aloof high school student Cat Valentine.
Grande kept the feline imagery as she branched out into pop music, frequently sporting a cat-ear headband or tying her brunette hair up in pigtails.
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
Over the course of her three studio albums, her look has gradually turned more sensual as she sports slinky black skirts and sings of her power over men.
But unlike Miley Cyrus, a fellow onetime child star to whom she is sometimes compared, Grande never broke completely with the teenybopper image. Her "Arianator" fan base is full of young girls experiencing their first concerts.
In perhaps her biggest brush with controversy, Grande in 2015 released a feminist manifesto that attacked the focus on her, and other women's, personal lives.
"The double standard and misogyny are still ever present," Grande, who has more than 45 million followers on Twitter, said in the statement disseminated on social media.
Tearing up imagining innocent concert goers losing their lives.. praying for everyone and all #arianators. ????????????????????????— Demi Lovato (@ddlovato) May 22, 2017
"I can't wait to live in a world where people are not valued by who they're dating /married to / attached to, having sex with (or not) / seen with ... but by their value as an individual," she said.
In an interview last month with Cosmopolitan, Grande revealed that she has started running her show "from top to bottom" as she no longer felt comfortable putting her business in others' hands.
"Now I'm very much in charge, and it feels amazing," she said.
I'm heartbroken over what happened in Manchester tonight.— Harry Styles. (@Harry_Styles) May 23, 2017
Sending love to everyone involved. H
As a celebrity, she has occasionally found herself in the tabloid press. In 2015 she was caught on camera with one of her back-up dancers licking the frosting off a doughnut and mumbling, "I hate America."
She later clarified that she was proud to be American and was only critiquing her country's penchant for overeating.
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
Grande has generally stayed away from activism, other than speaking out about her vegan diet as a way to reduce suffering for animals.
Raised Roman Catholic, she has said she left the church due to its position on gay rights and instead dabbles in the Kabbalah, a mystical branch of Judaism that has also drawn Madonna.
An Italian American, Grande in 2015 brought along her grandmother, whom she affectionately called "my nonna," when she won a top honor at 2015's American Music Awards.