Manchester Arena attack: Salma Hayek in tears after revealing Ariana Grande is her daughter's favourite singer

Visibly emotional actress said she was struggling to process events that unfolded in the UK

Roisin O'Connor
Tuesday 23 May 2017 11:22
Salma Hayek emotional about Manchester terror attack

Salma Hayek was seen fighting back tears as she discussed the Manchester attack during a Q&A in Cannes for the annual film festival.

At least 22 people died in an explosion at Ariana Grande's concert at the Manchester Arena, after a lone suicide bomber launched an attack on the venue shortly after the performance had finished.

Revealing that Grande is her daughter's favourite singer, Hayek said she had been unable to process the event that had unfolded in the UK.

When asked if she had a message for young girls who feel scared about the attacks, the actress shook her head.

"No," she responded. "No, because I'm not sure what to feel today, and I'm terrified and I don't know what to say to my daughter. And I'm not going to pretend that I'm sorted out, that I'm very smart about it, because I'm still emotionally impacted. In a way... I feel like the UK was invicted for a little bit.

"And my daughter... Ariana Grande is her favourite singer. If it was in London, this concert, my daughter would have been in that concert. It's her favourite singer. My daughter's nine. She would have been there, with or without me.

"This is one of the reasons why I have not slept," she continued. "So do I have a message? No, I haven't processed it. I'm not going to fake something. I'm opinionated when I know what I'm talking about it. I don't even know where to begin here."

A moment of silence will be held at Cannes as a mark of respect for the victims of the Manchester attack at 3pm

In a statement a spokesperson said: "The Festival de Cannes would like to express its horror, anger and immense sadness following the attack on the public and the city of Manchester last night.

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"This is yet another attack on culture, youth and joyfulness, on our freedom, generosity and tolerance, all things that the Festival and those who make it possible - the artists, professionals and spectators - hold dear.

"The Festival de Cannes invites all festival-goers to show their solidarity with the victims, their families and the British people by observing a minute's silence this Tuesday 23 May at 3pm."

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