Superstar Ariana Grande has responded to a backlash over her headlining Manchester Pride via Twitter post.
Grande is to perform at the event, two years after 22 people died in a suicide attack after her show at the city’s arena.
The US singer said she “wanted to chime in” after some expressed concerns about a straight artist topping the LGBT event.
She also responded to complaints about ticket price increases, saying they were “out of her control”.
In a Twitter response to a user who suggested the LGBT community was being exploited, the award-winning singer said she wanted to comment after seeing “many people” discussing the issue.
The 25-year-old performer said she wanted to “celebrate” a community that had been “so special to me and supportive throughout my entire career…regardless of my identity or how people label me”.
“And also I wanna visit a city that means so much to me,” she added.