Ariana Grande reacts to fiance Pete Davidson's joke about the Manchester bombing

scandal 06/07/2018

Ariana Grande has responded to reports that her fiancé, Pete Davidson, made an insensitive joke about the Manchester bombing during a stand-up show last fall, calling his words "unfortunate."

Davidson's joke resurfaced recently. In the joke, he says that the May 2017 tragedy that killed 22 people and injured hundreds could be used as proof of Grande's fame. "Britney Spears didn't have a terrorist attack at her concert," he reportedly said.

Fans have not been laughing.When one fan tweeted that Davidson's joke was "not funny, it's just rude," Grande offered a thoughtful reply.

"This has been [very] tough & conflicting on my heart," she wrote. "He uses comedy to help ppl feel better [about] how f-ed up things in this world are. We all deal [with] trauma differently. I of course didn’t find it funny. It was months ago & his intention wasn’t/ is never malicious but it was unfortunate."

Whether Davidson will offer an apology for his Manchester joke remains to be seen, but hopefully Grande's explanation of how she's handling it can help others reach their own peace.