Adele broke down in tears in Antwerp in Belgium after she dedicated her entire show to the victims of the Orlando tragedy in which fifty people lost their lives in a mass shooting early on Sunday morning. Many other celebs have also expressed their shock

The attack took place a day after The Voice and YouTube star Christina Grimmie was shot dead by another assailant after performing a concert in Orlando, about four miles away from the nightclub. Police say the two shootings were not connected.

Adele told the crowd “I’d like to start tonight by dedicating this entire show to everybody in Orlando, and at Pulse nightclub last night.”

She then started to choke up after telling fans "The LGBTQI community... they’re like my soulmates, since I was really young, so I’m really moved by it.”

Celebrities have offered their condolences and expressed their shock to the LGBT community after the attack, which is the worst mass shooting in US history. 

Many stars are also calling for greater gun control in the wake of the shooting, which also left more than 50 people injured.

Queen and Adam Lambert also paid tribute to the Orlando shooting victims during an emotional Isle of Wight Festival headline show on Sunday.

Original members of Queen, Brian May and Roger Taylor, were accompanied by the American Idol star Lambert for the two-hour set. The band dedicated their song Who Wants To Live Forever to the victims of the Orlando shooting.

James Corden opened Sunday's Tony Awards show with a message to those affected by the shooting.

“Our hearts go out to all of those affected by this atrocity,” he said. “All we can say is you’re not on your own right now. Your tragedy is our tragedy."

“Hate will never win. Together we have to make sure of that. Tonight’s show stands as a symbol and a celebration of that principle" he added.

Here at home well known entertainer and gay rights campaigner, Panti Bliss, posted a strongly-worded message on her Facebook page and urged people to be defiant in the wake of the attacks.

Many other entertainers including Lady GaGa, Roisín Murphy and Madonna, all of whom have a large gay fan base, took to social media to express their shock and sadness at the events in Florida at the weekend.

 
 

Meanwhile there was controversy on Sky News after a newspaper columnist walked out during the station's nightly preview of newspaper front pages.

Owen Jones grew increasingly exasperated during the discussion following what he perceived as the lack of emphasis on the shooter's homophobic motives by the host and fellow panellist. 

Jones, who writes for The Guardian, said: "This was a deliberate attack on LGBT people in an LGBT venue. It was a homophobic terrorist attack. Do you not understand that?".