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Media Pushes Unsubstantiated Rumor That Ariana Grande Will Pay For Funerals Of Those Killed In Manchester Bombing

BY DANIEL GAITAN | daniel@lifemattersmedia.org

Ariana Grande performs during a 2015 tour. Image courtesy WikiMedia Commons.

Numerous media outlets are pushing an unsubstantiated rumor that American pop star Ariana Grande will pay for the funerals of those killed in a terror attack outside of her concert in Manchester, England, on Monday.

A Twitter account run by fans of the 23-year-old pop diva tweeted Wednesday that Grande contacted the families of those who died and will pay for their funerals. Many of the victims were children and young teenagers.

Unfortunately, no proof was offered in the initial tweet, but publications across the United Kingdom, including The Daily Mail and The Independent ran with the story.

The Sun published an article claiming, “Ariana Grande fans claim ‘broken’ star is going to ‘pay for the funerals’ of those who lost their lives in Manchester terror attack.” However, this article was later removed from the newspaper’s web site, according to fact-finding website Snopes, because of the dearth of proof.

“Although it’s not implausible that a celebrity would do such a thing, the claim that Ariana Grande offered to pay for the bombing victims’ funerals is based on a tweet that did not cite any sources and was posted from an unofficial Twitter fan account with a record of posting unconfirmed and false rumors surrounding the Manchester Arena attack,” according to analysis from Snopes. “We could not find any news reports that cited a second source for the claim. It should therefore be viewed with extreme skepticism.”

Publications in the U.S. including Business Insider, Vibe and a Denver FOX affiliate offered similar articles.

Vibe’s article – titled, “Ariana Grande Reportedly Offers To Cover Funeral Costs Of Manchester Attack Victims”– is troubling. All the “report” cited is the tweet from the Grande fan page.

The fan page has a record of posting claims and rumors, some of which are later revealed to be false. The tweet in question was deleted by Thursday.