During her concert in Belguim, 10-time Grammy Award-winning singer Adele was overcome with emotion as she dedicated her show to the victims of the Orlando shooting, which claimed the lives of 50 people inside the Pulse LGBT nightclub.
I would like to start tonight by dedicating this entire show to everybody in Orlando at Pulse nightclub,” the singer said. “The LGBTQA community, they’re like my soulmates since I was really young, so I’m really moved by it,” she concluded before breaking into tears.
Adele then lightened the mood a bit with a self-deprecating joke about her music:
I don’t know why I’m crying already because most of tonight is pretty miserable because my songs are f—ing miserable.
Many artists and celebrities in the LGBT community expressed their support for the victims of this senseless act of violence, which has become known as the largest mass shooting in U.S. history.
Actor-director George Takei, best known for his work on the original Star Trek, is a long-time advocate for LGBT rights. He expressed his heartache for the victims and their families with a tweet.
Devastated by the news out of FL. Whatever the madness behind this, let us all come together first to support victims & their loved ones.
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) June 12, 2016
British musician Sir Elton John also tweeted his grief and shared a quote from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
— Elton John (@eltonofficial) June 12, 2016
Apple CEO Tim Cook, who decided to come out in 2014, also expressed his grief, along with actors Neil Patrick Harris and Kristian Narin (the actor who played Hodor on Game of Thrones).
Our hearts go out to the victims of the unspeakable tragedy in #Orlando, their families and all who grieve with them.
— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) June 12, 2016
The tragedy in Orlando is just beyond sad. My deepest regrets to all those suffering. There are no words that suffice. I'm…stunned.
— Neil Patrick Harris (@ActuallyNPH) June 12, 2016
My thoughts are with the people of Orlando Florida, and the horrible events at Pulse 🙁 be safe people <333 #orlando
— Kristian Nairn (@KristianNairn) June 12, 2016
Two of the most prominent figures within the transgender communities, former Olympian and reality TV star Caitlyn Jenner and actress Laverne Cox (known for her role on Orange is the New Black).
Shocked & heartbroken. Sending all my thoughts & prayers to my bothers & sisters in Orlando. Be safe the rest of this weekend friends #pride
— Caitlyn Jenner (@Caitlyn_Jenner) June 12, 2016
Deeply moved that in the face of tragedy Orlando & Americans everywhere are coming together to give blood, love & support.This is who we are
— Laverne Cox (@Lavernecox) June 12, 2016
Meanwhile, comedian and talk show host Ellen Degeneres had very few words to express her grief and anguish over the tragic events in Orlando.
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) June 12, 2016
Many Adele fans also joined with the singer to express their condolences and appreciation for the singer’s dedication on Twitter.
— Pat Vallejo (@vallejo_pat) June 13, 2016
— SuzanneNMore (@SuzanneNMore) June 13, 2016
— Becky (@cardona_becky) June 13, 2016
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