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Ariana Grande ‘politely’ turns down a Damehood

Ariana Grande has reportedly turned down a Damehood from The Queen in honour of the Manchester terror attack victims.

The star, 25, is said to have thought it was ‘too soon’ after the tragedy and that it may have been viewed as insensitive.

The Thank You Next singer visited victims of the Manchester bombing in hospital and organised the One Love charity concert in the city just two weeks after the bombing.

Suicide bomber Salman Abedi killed 22 people when he detonated a bomb in the foyer of Manchester Arena in 2017.

A source told The Sun newspaper: ‘Ariana was flattered but said it was too soon.

‘She explained she was still grieving. So were scores of families.

‘She feared some affected might see it as insensitive. The committee wrote to her but she politely said no.’

Ariana was praised for her response to the Manchester terror attack, visiting survivors and fans as they recovered in hospital.

She set up the One Love Manchester concert two weeks later, which saw the entire audience who were at her show in attendance.

A number of big names took to the stage at the Old Trafford cricket ground, including Coldplay, Katy Perry, Liam Gallagher, Justin Bieber and Robbie Williams.