‘We Don’t Want to Let Terrorists Control Us’: Ariana Grande’s Young Fans Stand Defiant at Manchester Benefit Concert

TIME

It could have been any ensemble pop concert, with overpriced pints and ketchup-laden fries, long Portaloo queues and merchandise stands.

But Sunday’s One Love Manchester benefit concert, organized by Ariana Grande just 13 days after a suicide bomber took the lives of 22 people after blowing himself up in the Manchester Arena, was remarkable — and not because of the staggering police presence.

If the event had one theme, it was defiance. When rumors began circulating that the concert would be canceled in the wake of Saturday night’s terrorist attack in central London, Grande’s manager released a statement saying the concert would “not only continue” but would “do so with greater purpose.”

The 23-year-old pop star, who had last been seen looking tearful as she embraced her boyfriend upon her arrival in her hometown of Boca Raton, Florida, returned to Manchester to spend the weekend visiting victims of…

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