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Why Ariana Cried at Concert: 'I'm Still Processing a Lot'

Fans were concerned after singer broke down during set Saturday in Missouri
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 8, 2019 9:12 AM CDT
In this Dec. 6, 2018, file photo, Ariana Grande attends the Billboard Women in Music event in New York.   (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

(Newser) – The past couple of years have been rough ones for Ariana Grande: Ex-boyfriend Mac Miller died, she split with fiance Pete Davidson, and a suicide bomber killed nearly two dozen people at her May 2017 concert in Manchester, England. So when videos started circulating online showing Grande crying during the song "REM" at her concert Saturday in Missouri, it maybe wasn't too surprising, but fans still expressed their concern, per the BBC and CNN. "i am genuinely concerned for ariana grande she needs time to grieve and to collect herself," one fan posted on Sunday. The 26-year-old singer soon addressed her emotional performance in an open letter on social media.

"I feel everything very intensely and have committed to doing this tour during a time in my life when I'm still processing a lot ... so sometimes I cry a lot!" she wrote in a since-deleted post. "I thank you for accepting my humanness." Grande added that she was "grateful for the sea of love" around her, and that she wanted to talk about what happened to help others. "If you too are hurting, you can push through and are not alone," she wrote. "It is hard to balance taking care of the people around you, doing your job and healing/taking care of yourself at the same time." It's not clear why she deleted the letter shortly after posting it. (Read more Ariana Grande stories.)

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