Piers Morgan rarely backs down, no matter how incredibly, bullishly wrong he may be.
Which is why it was so refreshing to see the Good Morning Britain presenter apologise to Ariana Grande after criticising the 23-year-old’s decision to fly back to the US after the Manchester terror attack.
When a suicide bomber detonated his device in the foyer of Manchester Arena on 22 May following her concert, killing 22 people and injuring 120 others, Grande was left “broken”.
After apologising to her fans on Twitter, the young singer cancelled upcoming concerts in London, Belgium, Poland and Germany, and returned to her hometown of Boca Raton in Florida to grieve – a move which Morgan condemned her for.
“I expected her to stay, visit, and comfort her wounded fans and relatives of those who died,” he tweeted at the time.
However, following Grande’s incredible Manchester One Love concert on Sunday (4 June), which saw her and countless other artists pay tribute to the victims of the terror attack and raise money for their families, Morgan felt compelled to reach out and apologise to her directly on Twitter.
“I misjudged you, Ariana Grande and I apologise,” wrote Morgan.
“You’re an admirable young woman and this is a magnificent night. Respect.”
He later added: “Two weeks after ISIS bomb a pop concert, and a bigger and better one is held in the same city. What better way to say ‘f**k you’?”
Social media users were not about to let Morgan off the hook so easily, however, and pointed out that the 52-year-old had previously vowed that he would never say sorry to Grande.
“I only ever apologise if I’m wrong,” he wrote. “Very rarely happens.”
Grande, who performed alongside the likes of Katy Perry, Robbie Williams, Take That, Little Mix and Miley Cyrus at the concert, delivered an emotional speech at the end of the One Love Manchester concert.
After performing a duet of Crowded House's Don't Dream It's Over with Cyrus, Grande turned to the crowd and said: “Before we go any further I want to thank you all from the bottom of my heart for being here today.
“I love you so, so much.”
Grande continued: “I want to thank you so much for coming together and being so loving and strong and unified. I love you guys so much and I think the kind of unity and love you're displaying is the medicine that the world really needs right now.
“So I want to thank you for being just that – and I want to thank you for coming tonight.”
Grande added that she had met with the mother of one of the girls who was killed in the concert attack, saying: “I had the pleasure of meeting Olivia's mum a few days ago.
“And as soon as I met her I started crying and I gave her a big hug, and she said that I should stop crying because Olivia wouldn't have wanted me to cry.”
Admitting that meeting the woman had changed her plans for the show significantly, Grande went on to say: “She told me that Olivia would have wanted to hear the hits. So that means that we had a totally different show planned and we had a rehearsal yesterday where we needed to change everything!
“And this evening has been so light and so filled with love and bright energy and I want to thank you for that.”
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