A staggering tragedy struck the UK last night when a reported suicide bomber brought a homemade explosive device to an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England, setting off an explosion which killed 22 people and injured 59 others (including children).
Though information about the horrific event (which is being labeled by authorities as a terrorist attack) is still forthcoming, James Corden took a moment before the broadcast of The Late late Show last night to send out a heartfelt message to those in Manchester who were affected by the tragic explosion.
“It shocks me every time we hear this sort of news that attacks like this can happen, but especially when there will be so many children at this concert tonight,” Corden notes through tears.
“Many of you won’t have ever been to Manchester, but you will definitely have heard of it,” he says. “It’s famous all over the world for so many wonderful things. Great football teams (Man City, Man United), it’s famous for incredible music (Oasis and Joy Division), it was the birthplace of the leader of the suffragettes, it’s the home of the invention of the first computer.”
Corden goes on to describe how Manchester is so much more than this tragedy.
“It’s a place full of comedy and curries and character. But when I think of Manchester, the place that I know, I think of the spirit of the people there. And I’m telling you, a more tight-knit group of people you will be hard-pressed to find: strong, proud, caring people with community at its core. And if it was even possible, the spirit of the people of Manchester will grow even stronger this evening.”
“My thoughts and prayers are with everyone in Manchester tonight,” he adds. “All of the staff at the (Manchester) arena, all of the security teams, all of the emergency services, Ariana and her team, and all of those families affected by tonight. We’ll all go to bed holding our little ones even tighter this evening.”