Miley Cyrus can't stop thinking about her dear friend Ariana Grande since the Manchester bombing on May 22. The singer recently opened up about how the tragedy “feels more real” knowing that a close pal was there and revealed how the event has affected her as a performer.
“Just to know someone who goes through that, it [also] makes my life seem more real, shows where we are at,” the 24-year-old singer said during her appearance on the Today show on Friday (May 26).
Miley also confessed that the horrific event has made her realize that she needs to increase her security for both herself and her fans. “I’m around a lot of people and [I need] to protect myself and protect everyone. I think not only for my safety, but for everyone else,” the Nashville native explained, adding that she can’t imagine what the "Dangerous Woman" singer is going through right now. “For my friend Ariana it’s just beyond me,” she said.
While Ariana is back home in Florida with her family and boyfriend Mac Miller, Miley is counting down the days until she can visit her friend and "give her a big hug."
Shortly after Miley's appearance on the morning show, Ariana broke her silence on social media by posting an emotional and inspiring letter to her fans.
"My heart, my prayers and deepest condolences are with the victims of the Manchester attack and their loved ones," it began. "There is nothing I or anyone can do to take away the pain you are feeling or to make this better. However, I extend my hand and heart and everything I possible can give to you and yours, should you want or need my help in any way".
She went on to promise to return to Manchester and hold a benefit concert for all those affected by the attack.