Ariana Grande dad tweet open letter

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Father of 3 writes heartwarming letter to Ariana Grande after Manchester attack

'You don’t have a dadgum thing to apologize for.'


Bryan Rolli


Posted on May 25, 2017   Updated on May 24, 2021, 1:15 pm CDT

An American film producer and father of three is going viral for penning an open letter to Ariana Grande in the wake of the Manchester bombing.

“I am the father of three daughters—ages 13, 12 & 12. So, you have been a part of our family for years,” Patrick Millsaps began. “Since you are a part of our family and after reading a tweet you posted on the Twitter the other night; I’m afraid I have to set you straight girl. So listen up and receive some redneck love from a daddy of daughters.”

Millsaps broke the body of his letter into three pieces of advice.

“You don’t have a dadgum thing to apologize for,” he wrote first, arguing that Grande wouldn’t claim responsibility for a drunk driving accident or a tornado hitting Manchester and killing several people, and likewise shouldn’t claim responsibility for the attack. “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.”

Secondly, he offered a word for the “experts” who are “strategizing” what Grande’s next move should be: “Tell them ALL to go take a powder, give them the month off, and tell them that if they call you within the next 30 days, they are fired!” he exclaimed. “Spend time with your God, your family and your friends who will give you space and support when you need it.”

Finally, on behalf of all the dads and daughters who love Grande’s music, Millsaps encouraged the pop star to “SING AGAIN,” but only when she is ready. “Music is the international language of peace,” he added. “Every time you open your mouth and share that incredible God-given gift to the world, you make this crappy world a little less crappy.”

So far, Millsaps’ letter has been retweeted nearly 7,000 times. The self-proclaimed “fat dude in Georgia” received an outpouring of gratitude, with one user responding, “Sir, we need more men like you in this world!”

Grande has not tweeted since the night of the attack, when she wrote, “Broken. From the bottom of my heart, I am so so sorry. I don’t have words.”

Manager Scooter Braun posted several tweets last night, writing in one, “Manchester I stand with you. Jakarta I stand with u..children of Syria I stand with you. We will honor you by not giving into the darkness.”

H/T Nova 106.9

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*First Published: May 25, 2017, 9:57 am CDT