Jason Manford Breaks Down Responding To Manchester Terrorist Attack In Facebook Live Video

"Unfortunately hatred is winning... But it won't win"

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Manchester comedian Jason Manford broke down with emotion as he reacted to the terrorist attack at Manchester Arena after an Ariana Grande concert on Monday night (22 May).

The stand-up comic was speaking with fans as news of the suicide bomb broke last night, which Greater Manchester Police have confirmed has killed 22 - including children - and injured 59.

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During the 40 minute long Facebook Live video, Manford explained how his children are massive fans of pop singer Grande, and he may have taken them to the concert had he been aware it was happening.

"Unfortunately hatred is winning. It won't win," he said in the clip. "Absolutely, of course it won't. At the moment it is. We just have to make sure we don't let it… Sorry, I've got to blow my nose on Facebook live.... I must say it's helped me just chatting to you lot."

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He went on to say that he was "heartbroken", but would't allow the attack to "break us".

"I'm just heartbroken. If there's anything I can do, I'll do it. Right now, all we can do is try to stay full of love and not hate, and focus on those families and the ones who need us.

"Not think about those f**king cowards - they think they can break us, but it won't. It never, ever will. There were moments in the 70s and 80s where we thought those bombings would never end, and although it's different, it did end."

Manford later shared a written post on Facebook, in which he sent his thoughts to Grande.

"My thoughts also go to Ariana Grande who must be absolutely devastated," he wrote. "My children adore her and she must be inconsolable today.

"I hope she knows that she gave so many people an evening of joy and fun and even in those few peoples last moments their hearts would have been full with the happiness she gave them."

He also thanked fans for chatting with him last night, and for sharing their love and support.

Meanwhile, Theresa May has released a statement outside Downing Street in which she condemned the "callous terrorist attack" which has left "defenceless children" among the victims.