Ariana Grande has said she is suffering from hilarious and terrifying post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The 25-year-old singer has previously opened up about the fact she experiences PTSD in the wake of the Manchester terror attack at her concert back in May 2017.
Now the Thank U, Next hitmaker showed her fans brain scan images to highlight how much she’s been affected since the incident. Taking to her Instagram story she unveiled a text message she sent to a group of friends, which included two images side by side showing a healthy brain with few outlines next to a PTSD brain, which had a number of highlighted spots.
She then added: ‘guys… my brain.’ With her simple description, she added a bigger brain image and captioned the post, writing: ‘hilarious and terrifying. not a joke (sic).’ Ariana did not indicate whether or not she had a brain scan, but the 7 Rings singer did open up about how the dizziness and anxiety she felt were signs of PTSD. Taking about the 2017 attacks last year, she said: ‘I hate … yeah … admitting it but it very much is.
That’s what everyone was telling me. It’s hard to talk about because so many people have suffered such severe, tremendous loss. But, yeah, it’s a real thing. I know those families and my fans, and everyone there experienced a tremendous amount of it as well.
In a November 2018 episode of Ari’s YouTube series, Dangerous Woman Diaries, the singer displayed a letter addressing the horrific incident which took place in May 2017 and took the lives of 22 innocent concert-goers. The letter reads: ‘I’m writing to you this February 22 2018. It’s been eight months since the attack at our show at the Manchester Arena.
It’s impossible to know where to start or to know what to say about this part. May 22, 2017, will leave me speechless and filled with questions for the rest of my life.’ Ariana had just finished performing a show at the arena when terrorist Salman Abedi detonated a bomb as people were leaving the venue.
The popstar’s letter continued: The spirit of the people of Manchester, the families affected by this horrendous tragedy, and my fans around the world have permanently impacted all of us for the rest of our lives.
Their love, strength, and unity showed me, my team, my dancers, band, and entire crew not to be defeated. To continue during the scariest and saddest of times. To not let hate win. ‘But instead, love as loudly as possible, and to appreciate every moment.
The people of Manchester were able to change an event that portrayed the worst of humanity into one that portrayed the most beautiful of humanity. “Like a handprint on my heart” I think of Manchester constantly and will carry this with me every day for the rest of my life.
Elsewhere in the letter, Ariana explained how music is an escape, the safest thing she’s ever known and the last thing that would ever harm someone.