by Mike Winslow
A suicide bomber targeted Ariana’s fans as they exited her show at Manchester Arena on Monday night (May 22), killing 22 and injuring many others.
The “broken” “Side to Side” hitmaker flew back home to Boca Raton, Florida early on Tuesday to be comforted by her loved ones, including Mac, and now he has decided to take some time off in light of the tragedy.
He took to Twitter to alert fans to the change of schedule after pulling out of sets at Sasquatch Festival in Washington on Saturday (May 27) and Minnesota’s Soundset event on Sunday (May 28).
“Soundset and Sasquatch, I will not be performing this weekend,” he wrote. “Thank you for understanding. I’ll be back. Love always.”
The news emerged two days after Ariana’s representatives officially suspended her Dangerous Woman Tour until June 5 to allow the singer time to grieve.
Meanwhile, a father from Georgia, whose young daughters are fans of Ariana’s, has penned an open letter to the 23-year-old, urging her to “stay strong” and not blame herself for the bombing.
Patrick Millsaps shared the message on Twitter, and in the letter, he offers the singer some “redneck love” and declares, “You don’t have a dadgum (sic) thing to apologize for.
“You see, you are no more responsible for the actions of an insane coward who committed an evil act in your proximity than you would be for a devastating natural disaster or acts of morons near your hotel,” he writes.
He also encourages Ariana not to rush back to the stage: “Spend time with your God, your family and your friends who will give you space and support when you need it…” he continues.
Concluding the letter, he adds, “Take care of you first. Your fans aren’t going anywhere.”
Ariana has yet to directly respond to the heartfelt note, although she did share her first full statement with fans on Friday, vowing to return to Manchester to perform a benefit show for the bombing victims.