She became a national hero for the way she dealt with the tragic bombing of her concert in Manchester last year, but fans are less than pleased after it emerged her husband-to-be cracked jokes in his stand up set about the attack. Her fiance, Pete Davidson, is a stand up comedian, ex SNL alumni and no stranger to a controversial and off colour joke, but he included a joke in his stand up set last year that upset a lot of people. Performing at the Laugh Factory in Los Angeles five months after the May 22, 2017 blast, Davidson apparently said Ariana must have realised how famous she had become because “Britney Spears didn’t even have a terrorist attack at her concert”. 22 people died in the explosion, most of them young people who were fans of the pop star, and Ariana herself suffers with PTSD after the experience.
Fans have been tweeting her asking her to comment on the joke, which was discovered again recently, and Ariana has finally commented to explain how learning about it made her feel. A fan wrote "I respect Ariana and I want her to be happy and everything, but she was just broken after the Manchester bombing, so I don’t know why she is still with Pete, like yeah he made that joke a while ago, but like it’s not funny, it’s just rude. This is my opinion." and Ari took to Twitter to write:
"This has been v tough & conflicting on my heart. he uses comedy to help ppl feel better ab how f-ed up things in this world are. we all deal w 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"
Davidson is known for his dark jokes. His father was a firefighter who lost his life in the 2001 Twin Towers attack, and he frequently jokes about the experience so his approach to comedy involves putting everything on the table. This hasn't placated some fans, though, who have branded the routine 'disgusting'. One onlooker said: “It drew gasps from the crowd and everyone squirmed in their seats, the event five months earlier was still pretty fresh, and there were plenty of British tourists in the crowd.” Charlotte Hodgson, who lost her 15-year-old daughter Olivia Campbell-Hardy in the attack, was particularly upset by the jokes and said: “For anyone to joke about this situation is disgusting and I think he should publicly apologise for it. The families will find it equally as disgusting. We don’t need jokes about it, there have been plenty around, and it’s heartbreaking to hear every day. But for someone so famous to be doing it and now to be with Ariana, it’s outrageous. I think she would be horrified too.”
Ariana has a worker bee – a symbol of Manchester linked to the city’s industrial past – tattooed behind her ear in tribute to victims of suicide bomber Salman Abedi, 23.