Days after Davidson's October 2017 joke resurfaced, Grande responded to a fan on Twitter who asked the pop star why she's still engaged to the "Saturday Night Live" star after he made light of a situation that left her "so broken."
"This has been very tough and conflicting on my heart," Grande replied. "He uses comedy to help people feel better about how f--ked up things in this world are. We all deal with trauma differently. I, of course, didn't find it funny. It was months ago and his intention wasn't/is never malicious, but it was unfortunate."
this has been v tough & conflicting on my heart. he uses comedy to help ppl feel better ab how f-ed up things in this world are. we all deal w trauma differently. I of course didn't find it funny. it was months ago & his intention wasn't/ is never malicious but it was unfortunate
The joke in question was made during a live stand-up set at the Laugh Factory in Los Angeles in October of last year. During his set, Davidson joked that Grande must have known how famous she was now because "Britney Spears didn't have a terrorist attack at her concert."
Davidson has a history of making uncomfortable and inappropriate jokes on sensitive subjects, including the death of his own father -- a firefighter who perished in the Twin Towers on 9/11. But that doesn't help it sit better with the Manchester attack survivors.
Charlotte Hodgson, who is the mother of 15-year-old victim Olivia Campbell-Hardy, told the Mirror, "For anyone to joke about this situation is disgusting, and I think he should publicly apologize for it."
Jade Clough, a survivor of the bombing, called Davidson's joke "absolutely disgusting." Clough suffered nerve damage to her foot and underwent therapy for emotional trauma. She told the Mirror, "I'm still suffering on a daily basis. I still have nightmares, and Ariana herself has suffered from PTSD. What the hell?"