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Unfortunately, it's often during times of hardship that the world finds the strength to come together, support strangers we've never met, and share sympathy with those who need urgent comfort.
The horrific events that took place in Paris, France on Friday, November 13, 2015, are no exception. Celebrities around the world postponed their promotional events, halted movie premieres, and took to social media to express their support for the families of those who lost loved ones.
U2, who had planned to perform in Paris over the weekend, immediately tweeted that they were canceling their show in light of events. The band was seen laying down flowers outside memorials over the weekend. They tweeted on Friday, "In our thoughts and prayers. Tonight's Paris show, HBO broadcast and Twitter Q & A will not be taking place."
Justin Bieber stepped out of a concert upon receiving the news of Paris. He wrote, "Had a great first show but just heard about what happened in Paris. Thoughts and prayers with everyone #PrayForParis."
Cast Of The Hunger Games
The L.A. premiere of Hunger Games: Mockingjay was scheduled for the evening November 16 for a red carpet and two-hour press interviews. However, in light of the Paris attacks, the affair has been scaled back. Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth and Elizabeth Banks are expected to greet fans and take only a few photos before heading into the screening.
Similarly, Madonna broke down in tears during her concert in Stockholm. The Queen of Pop stopped the show and asked, "Why am I up here dancing and having fun when people are crying over the loss of their loved ones?" See her full statement below.
John Legend shared his sympathy, along with some political views on the issue. He wrote on Twitter, "I hope nobody thinks having the 'boldness' to be anti-PC and condemn an entire religion makes you safer (or smarter). It won't work."
He later added, "Love each other. See each other's humanity. Hate doesn't defeat hate."
Former soccer star David Beckham shared a scenic photo of the city on Instagram with the caption, "As the sun rises in this beautiful city we remember the people that have died and the families that have lost loved ones... Our thoughts are with you all...PrayForParis."
Piers Morgan, not one to keep quiet on his political stances, wrote on Twitter "If some of these terrorists sneaked into France via Greece as fake refugees, that doesn't make them refugees. It makes them terrorists."
Fashion blogger Louise Roe was flying while the attacks took place. Upon landing in the darkened City of Lights, Roe spoke to her fans in an Instagram post. "I just landed off a flight to hear the most devastating, incomprehensible news. My heart and prayers go out to Paris, this is just sickening. Sending love to everyone affected...I just can't believe it."
Taylor Swift shared an old picture of her in Paris with the caption, "Praying for Paris. Our hearts are breaking for and with you."
Here are other tributes from celebrities following the death of 129 innocent civilians:
Pray for Paris— Pete Davidson (@petedavidson) November 13, 2015
Guys, it's time to #PrayForParis right now.— KATY PERRY (@katyperry) November 13, 2015
Terrible news. Thinking of everyone in Paris— alexa chung (@alexa_chung) November 13, 2015