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Ariana Grande paying tribute to the youngest Manchester bombing victim will make you cry

It would have been Saffie Roussos' ninth birthday.

By Jessica Lynch

Ariana Grande has been busy pushing through with her Dangerous Woman tour which is currently in South America, but she’s shown that the victims of the horrific Manchester bombing remain very close to her heart.

Taking to Instagram on what would be the youngest victim Saffie Roussos’ ninth birthday, the 23-year-old penned a heartfelt tribute to the little girl.

"Saffie, we're [thinking] of you baby," she wrote with a birthday cake emoji.

Saffie had attended Ari’s show at Manchester Arena with her mum Lisa and 26-year-old sister Ashlee Bromwich. Saffie was killed in the attack while Lisa was placed in an induced coma for her severe injuries, and only found out about her daughter’s death after waking up.

Her father Andrew spoke to BBC News about his daughter, giving insight into her life before it was tragically cut short.

" She was a huge character... She was just everything you could wish for in a little girl. She loved dancing, music, gymnastics. If she wanted something, she would do it," he added. "[She loved] fame, stardom. I knew that Saffie would love her pictures to be on, and to be spoken about on TV."

He added that he had spoken to Ariana, and insisted that she shouldn’t feel like she was to blame for the callous act of terror.
"I wanted to tell her what she meant to Saffie," he said. "I wanted to tell her from a father's point of view that she's got nothing to be sorry for... It wasn't her fault... All she could say to me was, 'I'm sorry', and I said, 'You've got nothing to be sorry for. You made Saffie so happy with what you do'.

"She thanked me," he added. "She appreciated me telling her that."

Saffie's brother and father met Ariana  during her visit to those injured in the terror attack.
Saffie's brother and father met Ariana during her visit to those injured in the terror attack.

Hundreds of people also gathered in Leyland, Lancashire on the eve of Saffie’s birthday to release balloons in honour of her short life.

Ariana’s Dangerous Woman tour is set to conclude on September 21st in Hong Kong.