Ariana Grande has responded to a backlash over her headlining Manchester Pride and said she just wants to ''celebrate'' the LGBTQ community.
The 25-year-old star is due to perform at the annual LGBT event in august, two years after a terrorist attack killed 22 people at her concert in the city.
Grande said she "wanted to chime in" after some social media users expressed concerns about a straight artist leading the LGBT event.
Taking to Twitter, she wrote: ''The LGBTQ community has been so special to me and supportive throughout my entire career.
"The relationships i have with my LGBTQ fans, friends, and family make me so so happy. '
"I want to celebrate and support this community, regardless of my identity or how people label me. and also i wanna visit a city that means so much to me.
"LGBTQ representation is incredibly important, and I'm always proud to share the stage with LGBTQ artists!"
''Over the years, pride events have been headlined by performers and artists of all sexual orientations and genders, including straight allies like Cher and Kylie Minogue. i do think there's room for us to talk about these issues without equating a performance *for* an LGBTQ audience with exploitation of the LGBTQ community. (sic)''.
i saw many people discussing this so i wanted to chime in.... hope that’s okay 🖤🌫 pic.twitter.com/7joiZwI1QS— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) February 27, 2019
The No Tears Left to Cry singer added while she ''respects'' people who don't think she deserves the spot, she is determined to ''celebrate'' with the community rather than being a poster girl for the ''movement''.
She added: ''If you truly feel like i didn't deserve to be offered this spot, I respect that. But i did accept it excitedly and gratefully.
"I'm not claiming to be the hero of the community or the face of the LGBTQ rights movement - I just wanna put on a show that makes my LGBTQ fans feel special and celebrated and supported. That's all I wanna do.''
Grande last appeared in the city in June 2017 at the One Love concert, which was staged to raise money for the victims of the Manchester Arena suicide bomb attack and their families.
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