Following the horrific Manchester bombing that killed 22 and injured many more, Shawn Mendes was one of a slew of celebrities to send their love and prayers to Ariana Grande and her fans, and now, the 18-year-old has revealed just how much the tragedy genuinely affected him.
After hearing the news of the attack, his management team to only considered cancelling his next show, but his entire Illuminate tour – which he had coincidentally performed just a few weeks beforehand in Manchester Arena.
"I'd say the night of that was the most upset I’ve ever been in my entire life. Even with all the other [attacks] that have happened, that was very upsetting to me. It hit home really hard. It's just terrifying," Shawn added. "You see these kids every single day, and you’re at meet-and-greets with them, you’re hugging them, and you’re performing for them. Burnt into my brain are pictures and videos of these kids smiling and laughing in concerts. And the thought that something like that could happen to them just brought me to my knees. So it was really tough."
"Either I just played the same venue she's [now] at, or I turn up somewhere and see a sheet with her [show timings] on the wall," Shawn said about his parallel tour to Ariana. "That was the scary part. That's what got me: that could have been my show. And the day of the Paris show I was just terrified all day. But we played Ariana's song "One Last Time" before I got on stage and put her logo up on the screen. And when I walked into the arena the whole crowd was just screaming at the top of their lungs. I almost broke down again right before I got on stage. But I got up there and did a little speech about how we shouldn’t be afraid. And it was probably the best show on the tour so far. The emotion was so real. You could see it," he added.
And judging by his fan’s reaction on Twitter to his powerful performance, it was certainly worth making the effort in the end.