Read Ariana Grande’s First Statement on Manchester Bombing Since Night of Attack

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Ariana Grande on a panel for "Hairspray Live!" on August 2, 2016. On May 22, she had just finished performing at Britain's Manchester Arena when an assailant detonated an explosive outside, killing 22. Phil McCarten/REUTERS

Pop singer and actress Ariana Grande plans to return to Manchester, England, following the b0mbing outside the arena where she performed on Monday, which caused 22 deaths and many more injuries.

In her first public comments since the night of the attack, when she issued an initial statement, Grande wrote on Friday that she plans to hold a benefit concert in Manchester to raise money for the victims and their families.

“I will think of them with everything I do for the rest of my life,” Grande wrote of the victims and others whom the attack affected. She posted the statement on Twitter and Instagram.

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My heart, prayers and deepest condolences are with the victims of the Manchester attack and their loved ones.

There is nothing I or anyone can do to take away the pain you are feeling or to make this better. However, I extend my hand and heart and everything I possibly can give to you and yours, should you want or need my help in any way.

The only thing we can do now is choose how we let this affect us and how we live our lives from here on out.

I have been thinking of my fans, and of you all, nonstop over the past week. The way you have handled all of this has been more inspiring and made me more proud than youll ever know. The compassion, kindness, love, strength and oneness that youve shown one another this past week is the exact opposite of the heinous intentions it must take to pull off something as evil as what happened Monday.

YOU are the opposite.

I am sorry for the pain and fear that you must be feeling and for the trauma that you, too, must be experiencing.

We will never be able to understand why events like this take place because it is not in our nature, which is why we shouldnt recoil.

We will not quit or operate in fear.

We wont let this divide us.

We wont let hate win.

I dont want to go the rest of the year without being able to see and hold and uplift my fans, the same way they continue to uplift me.

Our response to this violence must be to come closer together, to help each other, to love more, to sing louder and to live more kindly and generously than we did before.

Ill be returning to the incredibly brave city of Manchester to spend time with my fans and to have a benefit concert in honor of and to raise money for the victims and their families. I want to thank my fellow musicians and friends for reaching out to be a part of our expression of love for Manchester. I will have details to share with you as soon as everything is confirmed.

From the day we started putting the Dangerous Woman Tour together, I said that this show, more than anything else, was intended to be a safe space for my fans. A place for them to escape, to celebrate, to heal, to feel safe and to be themselves. To meet their friends theyve met online. To express themselves.

This will not change that.

When you look into the audience at my shows, you see a beautiful, diverse, pure, happy crowd. Thousands of people, incredibly different, all there for the same reason, music.

Music is something that everyone on Earth can share.

Music is meant to heal us, to bring us together, to make us happy.

So that is what it will continue to do for us.

We will continue in honor of the ones we lost, their loved ones, my fans and all affected by this tragedy.

They will be on my mind and in my heart every day and I will think of them with everything I do for the rest of my life.

Ari

As of Friday, eight people are in custody following the attack, and police are still searching a dozen locations, the Greater Manchester Police said. The main suspect, Salman Abedi, was killed in the explosion. Authorities said they are treating the bombing as a terrorist incident.