On Tuesday, Harry Styles was slated to perform a full concert in Mexico City, however, the One Direction alum couldn’t bring himself to do the entire show in the wake of the recent tragedy. In case you didn’t know, the 23-year-old grew up in Holmes Chapel (a town not far from Manchester), so it only makes sense that the A-lister is devastated by this violent act.
And while Taylor Swift‘s ex honored his commitment to play a gig in Mexico City, Harry only performed a small acoustic set. The X Factor vet also made sure to pay tribute to the victims with an emotional speech right as he took the stage.
After asking the crowd for silence, the Sign Of The Times singer explained:
“I just want to say one thing before we start. Thank you so much for being here tonight. I know a lot of you have flown a long way. I really appreciate you being here. When I booked this show, I wanted to celebrate with you guys. I’ve played some of my favorite shows in Mexico, and it felt right to come and celebrate with you, but tonight doesn’t feel like a night to celebrate. Last night, there was a tragedy in my hometown of Manchester, and I have been left with a hole in my heart.”
Poor guy. The British heartthrob continued:
“I went to my first show in the arena, and I’ve had some of the best experiences of my life playing in Manchester. We have a choice, every single day that we wake up, of what we can put into the world, and I ask you to please choose love every single day. I promise that we will be back very soon to Mexico with a full show, but tonight, if it’s OK with you, we’re going to play a small acoustic set. I hope you understand, and I hope you’ll join me in a moment of silence for the victims and for the families of the victims in Manchester today. Thank you for understanding. I love you very much.”
Honestly, we’re more than moved by Harry’s gesture for a moment of silence — and we’re sure his speech meant a lot to the victims’ families too.
Be sure to take a look at Styles’ poignant speech for yourself (below).