Ariana Grande Turns Down U.K.’s Offer Of Damehood
Ariana Grande has reportedly turned down the offer of a Damehood from The Queen of England in a bid to respect the hundreds of fans who were affected by the Manchester Arena bomb attack.
The British tabloid The Sun claims that Ariana was offered the honorary title out of appreciation for her One Love Manchester concert, which she organized to raise money for the victims of the 2017 Manchester Arena bombing. However, she reportedly turned down the offer, because she felt it might be insensitive to the families of the victims.
A source tells the paper, “Ariana was flattered but said it was too soon. She 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.”
Another source added, “She was deeply moved and honored. She didn’t decline it as such but explained it was not the right time to accept.”
The mother of one of the victims tells The Sun, “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.”
Ariana did, however, accept honorary citizenship to the city of Manchester.
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