LONDON • Piers Morgan has tweeted an apology to Ariana Grande after lambasting the singer for flying back to the United States in the aftermath of a bombing attack at her May 22 show in Manchester.
"I misjudged you," the television presenter wrote during Sunday's Manchester One Love concert, which was organised and fronted by Grande to raise funds for the families of 22 people who died.
"You're an admirable young woman & this is a magnificent night," he tweeted after watching the 23-year- old comfort a crying schoolgirl at Sunday's show that drew 50,000 fans at Old Trafford stadium.
Morgan had initially dismissed explanations from many people that Grande had jetted back to the US after the terrorist attack because she was traumatised.
"Probably not as much as those killed & wounded. She should have stayed to visit her injured fans," he posted. "I expected better from her. Her fans have been decimated. Stay, visit, comfort."
When Grande returned to Britain last Friday, she did make up for lost time by visiting a hospital to comfort fans warded for injuries.
Sunday's show raised more than £2.35 million (S$4.17 million), said the British Red Cross, bringing the total collected for the Manchester Emergency Fund to more than £9.6 million. Other performers included Take That, Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry, Justin Bieber and Coldplay.
Grande drew cheers when she told the crowd: "The kind of unity you're displaying is the medicine the world needs right now."