Ariana Grande is defending Pete Davidson after the comedian made a distasteful joke about last year's Manchester bombing that killed 23 people.
Arian Grande Defends Pete Davidson
On Twitter, the pop diva hit back against fans who have been criticizing her fiancé for making light of what, to her and other survivors, a traumatic experience.
"this has been v tough & conflicting on my heart," she tweeted on Friday, June 6. "he uses comedy to help ppl feel better ab how f-ed up things in this world are. we all deal w/ trauma differently."
Grande responded to a tweet by a fan who was questioning why she continues to date the Saturday Night Live star despite the recently resurfaced video of his stand-up where he made light of the tragedy. The 25-year-old added that while she personally did not find it funny, Davidson's intention was not to offend.
"it was months ago & his intention wasn't/is never malicious," she added, "but unfortunate."
Page Six reports that the television personality cracked the joke during a hurricane relief event for Puerto Rico last year.
"Britney Spears didn't have a terrorist attack at her concert," he said during his set.
Pete Davidson Receives Backlash For Manchester Bombing Joke
A mother of one of the teens who died during the attack criticized Davidson. In a statement to The Mirror, Charlotte Hudson called the joke disgusting and prodded the stand-up comedian to publicly apologize.
"For anyone to joke about this situation is disgusting and I think he should publicly apologise for it," she said. "We don't need jokes about it, there have been plenty around, and it's heartbreaking to hear every day."
While Davidson has not issued a statement regarding the backlash, a source told People that the joke was taken out of context. The 24-year-old did not want to offend because he, too, lost a loved one from a terror event. As a way to cope, he uses his comedy to move past the trauma.
The Manchester bombing was personal to Grande. It was at her concert that the terrorist detonated a homemade explosive, killing young fans of the "No Tears Left To Cry" singer and injuring more than a hundred more.
For months, reports claimed that the former Disney star was depressed and traumatized by the tragic event. She recently commemorated the first anniversary of the terror attack by getting a tattoo of a working bee, the symbol of Manchester.
forever ️ pic.twitter.com/mI61BiF640 — Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) May 24, 2018
Grande and Davidson got engaged in June after weeks of dating.