Pop star Ariana Grande has paid tribute to Saffie Roussos, the youngest victim of the Manchester Arena bombing and whose father’s family is from Cyprus.
The eight-year-old was with her mother and sister at the Manchester Arena when suicide bomber Salman Abedi detonated a home-made device at the end of the Grande’s concert, killing 22 people including seven children.
Following a concert in Buenos Aires on Wednesday, Grande tweeted: “Saffie, we’re (thinking) of you baby” alongside a birthday cake emoji.
The youngster, from Leyland, Lancashire, would have celebrated her ninth birthday on July 4.
To mark the occasion her family chose to speak out, paying tribute to Saffie and remembering how she had looked forward to the concert. Ashlee Bromwich, her older sister, said the super fan was “elated” as she watched her idol on perform on May 22.
Her father, Andrew Roussos, said: “You couldn’t be out with Saffie without having fun, but her dream was to be famous. It was her everything and we bought her the tickets for Christmas.”