Ariana Grande thanks fans 'for wiping my tears away' as she concludes European tour

Ariana Grande at the One Love Manchester benefit concert in June
Ariana Grande at the One Love Manchester benefit concert in June Credit: Dave Hogan for One Love Manchester/PA Wire

As she concludes the European leg of her Dangerous Woman tour, Ariana Grande has thanked her fans for their love and support in the wake of the bombing at her Manchester gig in May, which claimed the lives of 22 people.

In a caption on her Instagram, Grande wrote: "I just wanted to thank you properly for the overwhelming love and support you've shown me, my crew, and each other during this challenging time. Spending this time with you this month has been so very healing and special!"

Along with thanking supporters of her One Love Manchester benefit concert, Grande also insisted that returning to the stage helped her heal following the attack.

"Thank you for bringing your absolute brightest, most passionate, contagious energy to these shows and for wiping my tears away," she wrote.

Grande pulled out of scheduled performances in the wake of the Manchester bombing, before returning to the city in early June for her One Love Manchester benefit concert, which earned enormous praise from audiences. After touring France, Portugal, Spain and Italy, Grande's show is now moving to Latin America and Asia.

Ariana Grande performing at the One Love Manchester concert earlier this month Credit: Reuters/Handout

Grande's response to the Manchester atrocity, which included visiting hospitalised fans injured in the attack and helping organise the One Love concert, has since earned her an honorary citizenship of the city, with Manchester City Council leader Sir Richard Leese praising her actions.

"This seems a fitting moment to update the way we recognise those who make noteworthy contributions to the life and success of our city," he said. "We've all had cause to be incredibly proud of Manchester and the resilient and compassionate way in which the city, and all those associated with it, have responded to the terrible events of 22 May - with love and courage rather than hatred and fear."