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Ariana Grande turned down damehood because it came “too soon” after Manchester bombing

The US pop star Ariana Grande has reportedly turned down the offer of a damehood following her response to the Manchester Arena bombing last year.

According to The Sun, Miss Grande was to be made Dame Commander of the British Empire, however, rejected the offer because she felt it had come too soon.

The Queen has the power to make anybody an honorary Knight or Dame who does not live within a Commonwealth realm.

Miss Grande was performing at Manchester Arena on the night of May 22 2017 where a bomb exploded killing 22 people and injuring hundreds more.

In response to the attack, the 25-year-old singer hosted a benefit concert in Manchester to raise money for the families of the victims.

The concert raised over £17 million ($23 million) and was broadcast in around 50 countries over five continents.

Speaking to The Sun, a source said: “Ariana was flattered but said it was too soon.

“She explained she was still grieving. So were scores of families.

Another source added: “She was deeply moved and honoured. She didn’t decline it as such but explained it was not the right time to accept.”

Miss Grande was physically unharmed in the Manchester attack but has suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder.

Notable foreign nationals to have been awarded honorary knighthoods in the past include former Olympics chief Jacques Rogge, actor Kevin Spacey and director Steven Spielberg.