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Joan was sitting front row as the explosion occurred and escorted young audience members backstage, according to a TMZ report.
“As the chaos of people fleeing for exits started… Joan told a group of kids—possibly as many as 10—seated around her to come backstage,” TMZ said. “We’re told she and members of Ariana’s security took the fans backstage and waited with them until they were able to safely exit the arena.”
Fans on Twitter shared other accounts from fans about Joan’s efforts Monday night. Others expressed gratitude for Joan and Grande’s security team.
“A fan did an interview with a news station just now and talked about how Ariana’s mom literally pulled fans that were in the first few rows backstage along with security to get them to safety,” one fan wrote. “Her family and team saved lives tonight.”
Joan Grande, Arianas mum, saved fans by taking them backstage. Thank you superwoman! pic.twitter.com/uzaSLGk4Z5— Beddie (@camilascigar) May 23, 2017
joan grande has the sweetest heart, she took fans back stage too keep them safe. what a woman.— ㅤ (@bocaheatstroke) May 23, 2017
joan grande is a hero, i love this woman so much!!— anaståsia loves ari (@myclassyariana) May 23, 2017
Ariana and her crew evacuated the arena safely. She has, however, reportedly suspended her “Dangerous Woman” tour.
Tess Cagle is a reporter who focuses on politics, lifestyle, and streaming entertainment. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Texas Monthly, the Austin American-Statesman, Damn Joan, and Community Impact Newspaper. She’s also a portrait, events, and live music photographer in Central Texas.