by Mike Winslow
Nicki MInaj has assured fans in the U.K. she has no plans to pull her 2018 tour plans following the bomb blast that cost 22 people their lives in Manchester on Monday night (May 22).
The music world has been largely defiant following the terror attack at the Manchester Arena following Ariana Grande’s gig, insisting the show must go on despite the fear of more violence, with Simple Minds refusing to cancel a show in the city on Tuesday and Katy Perry, Lorde, and the stars of a massive outdoor pop festival in London assuring fans they’ll still be performing this weekend.
And now Nicki has made it clear Monday night’s bomb blast isn’t making her rethink touring plans in 2018.
“We don’t operate in fear,” she told TMZ, “Of course I’ma (sic) perform for my Manchester fans. They deserve it.”
She also offered her support to “my sister” Ariana, who has put her European tour on hold and flown home to Florida to spend time with her family and boyfriend Mac Miller following Monday night’s tragedy.
“I love her and I love the people of the U.K. and I’m devastated by the news. It’s heartbreaking,” Nicki added.
Minaj had also been in London filming her No Frauds video on the city’s Westminster Bridge in March, just three days before a man rammed his car into pedestrians there and then ran onto the grounds of the Houses of Parliament, where he fatally stabbed an unarmed police officer. Four people were killed and 50 others were injured in the attack.