Ariana Grande’s mother was still sitting in her front row seat when the bomb went off, and helped escort some of her panicked young fans backstage.

Multiple witnesses in the arena tell us Joan Grande was surrounded by several concertgoers who were waiting to leave the arena when they heard the explosion. We’re told Joan was about to go backstage to see Ariana at the time.

As the chaos of people fleeing for exits started … Joan told a group of kids — possibly as many as 10 — seated around her to come backstage. We’re told she and members of Ariana’s security took the fans backstage and waited with them until they were able to safely exit the arena.

As we reported, Ariana was an emotional wreck after hearing about the casualties. She’s suspended her tour in the wake of the attack.

Ariana Grande has indefinitely suspended her world tour in the wake of the terrorist bombing in England.


More on Manchester:

The man suspected in a deadly explosion Monday night outside a concert in Manchester, England, is Salman Abedi, the Associated Press reported Tuesday.

Abedi killed himself and 22 others outside the Manchester Arena, a U.S. official confirmed to the outlet. Police also arrested a 23-year-old in connection with the attack.

The explosion sent people fleeing just after a concert headlined by American singer Ariana Grande. In addition to the dead, 59 people were injured.