Justin Bieber offered hope to the massive crowd who turned out to honor Manchester attack victims and their families at Ariana Grande’s One Love Manchester June 4 benefit. The “Love Yourself” singer openly referenced his Christian faith as he addressed the audience from behind the mic, one hand on his guitar and one hand raised.
He said, “God is good in the midst of the darkness. God is good in the midst of the evil. God is in the midst, no matter what’s happening in the world. God is in the midst and He loves you. He’s here for you. I just want to take this moment to honor the people that were lost or that were taken. We love you so much. To the families, we love you so much.”
He asked the audience to put both hands up to honor those people and say, “We honor you” and “We love you.”
Bieber’s voice quavered as he delivered the emotional speech, which followed his solo performance of “Cold Water.” But, his message of faith and love prevailing against darkness resonated with the people who honored his humble, respectful requests.
A collective spirit of hope and love resounded in the musical offerings of the star-studded benefit performance lineup, including Coldplay’s emotional delivery of “Fix You” and Grande’s heartfelt rendition of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.” All the One Love Manchester artists stood up in the face of the fear to promote unity, peace, and love after the unexpected attack on May 22, which killed 22 innocent people and injured more than 100.
Per Billboard, the benefit concert drew in the biggest U.K. TV viewing audience of 2017 to date, which drew in an average audience of 10.9 million for U.K. network BBC One. Per Variety, the event raised over $2.6 million dollars in a three-hour period.
Bieber, Coldplay, and Grande were joined by Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Niall Horan and more. A host of other artists sent a moving “We Stand With Manchester” video tribute including Jennifer Hudson, Twenty One Pilots, The Chainsmokers, and Sir Paul McCartney.
Watch Justin Bieber’s speech in the attached video above and check out the all-star “We Stand With Manchester message below. Find out more about helping Manchester victims by visiting the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund page on the British Red Cross JustGiving fundraising page.