This past July, Ariana Grande performed in Argentina for her Dangerous Woman Tour. In typical fashion, she put on an amazing show, and fans were beyond pleased to be a part of the fun, upbeat concert.
At the close of the set, Grande sang her version of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”, which she also performed for the first time at the One Love Manchester Benefit. The benefit had taken place on June 4, 2017 in Manchester, England to pay homage to the victims of the arena bombing.
When the song came to a close, Grande looked up above, blew a kiss, and said, “Happy Birthday, Saffie,” into the microphone. She then put her head down and walked away, appearing to be fighting back tears, as the stage lights dimmed.
Saffie Roussos was the youngest victim of the Manchester attack. She was 8 years old when she was killed, and her 9th birthday would have been July 4th, the day before the concert.
Roussos had died in the hospital from her injuries. Her mother Lisa and older sister Ashlee were treated for shrapnel injuries in the hospital as well, but they were lucky to survive.
After losing his daughter, Mr. Roussos said, “We’ve lost everything we have. We’ve lost everything, because life will just never be the same.”
He said it was his daughter’s dream to be famous, and that she was always Ariana-obsessed. The family had bought her the Manchester concert tickets for Christmas. “She was just counting the days, the seconds,” he said.
Grande still seems to be extremely emotional over the events that took place at her concert back in May. Her heart breaks for the victims of the attack, especially the seven children, which included Roussos.
She tweeted this message for the world to see on July 5th, the night she performed in Argentina:
We are sure it’s incredibly comforting for the family to know that Grande remembered their little girl’s birthday. It was a respectful and moving way for the singer to show her compassion for the family. It’s clear by Grande’s tears during the song that she still feels deeply hurt over the loss of life, and finds it very important to show her sympathy for the grieving relatives.
You can see the video clip of her message to Roussos here: