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Ariana Grande responds to backlash over headlining Manchester Pride

Ariana Grande has responded to backlash over being announced as the headline act of Manchester Pride 2019.

The American singer, who is preparing to return to the city for the coveted gig two years on from the 2017 terrorist attack, swiftly responded to a tweet from a fan who wasn't happy that she had supposedly 'doubled the price of tickets to exploit the LGBT community'.

Also addressing the fans' concern that a straight performer would be headlining the event, Ariana noted that she wasn't trying to be the 'hero' or 'face' of the community, but simply wanted to celebrate and support the LGBTQ movement.

The concerned fan tweeted: 'Idk .... ariana headlining pride when she’s straight (as far as we’re all aware) .... and doubling the price of tickets .... kinda smells like exploitation of the lgbt community to me .....'

Ariana responded: 'I saw many people discussing this so i wanted to chime in.... hope that’s okay.'

She then offered her thoughts in an accompanying note: 'I have nothing to do with ticket pricing - Manchester pride sets those rates, and they're mostly out of my control. The LGBTQ community has been so special to me and supportive throughout my entire career
'The relationships I have with my LGBTQ fans, friends, and family make me so so happy.

'I want to celebrate and support this community, regardless of my identity or how people label me. And also I wanna visit a city that means so much to me," she added.

'LGBTQ representation is incredibly important, and I'm always proud to share the stage with artists LGBTQ artists!

'Over the years, Pride events have been headlined by performers and artists of all sexual orientations and genders, including straight allies like Cher and Kylie Minogue.'

'I do think there's room for us to talk about these issues without equating a performance *for* an LGBTQ audience with exploitation of the LGBTQ community.

'If you truly feel like I didn't deserve to be offered this spot, I respect that. but I did accept it excitedly and gratefully.
'I'm not claiming to be the hero of the community or the face of the LGBTQ rights movement - I just wanna put on a show that makes my LGBTQ fans feel special and celebrated and supported. That's all I wanna do.'

According to the BBC, Ariana will perform at a new 9,000-capacity outdoor venue, which is situated at an old railway depot on Sunday August 25.

The star first returned to Manchester to headline the One Love gig in June 2017, two weeks after 22 people died and hundreds were injured in a suicide attack at her Manchester Arena show.

The gig aimed to raise funds for the families of victims of the terror attack.

Ariana made the brave decision to return to the city for the benefit concert, which raised more than £17 million, and saw the entire audience that attended her previous show in attendance.
The concert saw all manner of stars take to the stage at the Old Trafford cricket ground, including Coldplay, Katy Perry, Liam Gallagher, Justin Bieber and Robbie Williams.
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