Ariana Grande’s mother is being hailed as a hero after she helped concertgoers get backstage following the suicide attack at Manchester Arena. TMZ reports that Joan Grande was sitting in the front row of the arena when the bomb went off. As word spread about what was happening, the gossip site says that Joan got Ariana’s security detail to help around 10 young fans backstage until it was safe to exit the building. TMZ had earlier reported that Ariana has suspended her world tour following the attack.
So far, 23 people have been killed in the attack with terror cops in the UK naming Salman Abedi, 22, as the perpetrator. It’s thought that it was a suicide bombing.
Here’s what you need to know about Ariana’s mom:
1. Joan Split From Ariana’s Dad When the Singer Was 9
Ariana was born to Joan and Edward Butera in Boca Raton, Florida, in 1993. Her father ran a graphic design business in the town. The couple separated when Ariana was 9 years old.
2. Joan Was Fired as Her Daughter’s Manager in 2015
The New York Daily News reported in October 2015 that Joan had been relived of her duties as manager. A source told the tabloid:
Ariana was getting a bad rap, but it’s really her mother who is so demanding.
She wants to be a grown up, she wants to make her own decisions, she wants to be like Taylor [Swift], who has a camp but makes every single decision when it comes to her image at the end of the day. So she’s made her mom less of a manager, more of a source of support.
3. Joan Regularly Tweets About Her Disapproval of the Trump Presidency
Joan’s Twitter account is dominating by the day-to-day movements of her daughter and her disapproval of Donald Trump. On May 20, Joan tweeted that she wouldn’t watch CNN until the network removed Trump-supporter Jeffrey Lord from their coverage. Joan says, “Giving idiots like Lord air time is part of the problem!”
4. Joan is the CEO of an Company That Makes Alarm Systems for the Military
Joan is the Chief Executive of Hose-McCann Communications in Florida. The company makes and provides alarm solutions for the U.S. Navy and Marines. The company’s website says it is their products are also used by the Canadian Coast Guard as well as “the world’s leading maritime communications.”
5. Joan Co-Starred With Ariana in the Singer’s First Major Role
Ariana told the Daily Telegraph in October 2014 that Joan took on a role in her daughter’s first musical, Annie at the Little Palm Family Theater. Ariana said, “She had to wear a French maid’s outfit and use a broom. She was like, “I have no idea what I’m doing right now… but anything for my daughter.””
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