Ariana Grande apparently turned down a Damehood for this touching reason

Every year, as part of the New Year Honours list, the Queen rewards special achievements with titles such as Knighthoods and Damehoods.

And while actors, artists and authors like Twiggy and The Handmaid's Tale Margaret Atwood were happy to accept the titles, one celebrity reportedly respectfully turned it down.

Singer Ariana Grande was offered a Damehood for her bravery following the Manchester attack, and organising a concert to support the victims' families.

However, she is said to have turned it down as she felt it was too soon after the incident in May 2017, when a bomb went off at her concert, claiming the lives of 22 victims, including many youngsters.

Just a few weeks after the attack, Ariana hosted the One Love Manchester benefit concert, where the likes of Justin Bieber and Miley Cyrus performed, which resulted in more than £10m in donations to the British Red Cross. Fans then started a petition for the Thank U, Next performer to receive a Damehood.

A source told The Sun, 'Ariana was flattered but said it was too soon. She explained she was still grieving. So were scores of families. She feared some affected might see it as insensitive. The committee wrote to her but she politely said no.'

Another source added, 'She was deeply moved and honoured. She didn’t decline it as such but explained it was not the right time to accept.'

The singer has yet to comment on this.

Penny Goldstone

Penny Goldstone is the Digital Fashion Editor at Marie Claire, covering everything from catwalk trends to royal fashion and the latest high street and Instagram must-haves.

Penny grew up in France and studied languages and law at the Sorbonne Nouvelle University in Paris before moving to the UK for her MA in multimedia journalism at Bournemouth University. She moved to the UK permanently and has never looked back (though she does go back regularly to stock up on cheese and wine).

Although she's always loved fashion - she used to create scrapbooks of her favourite trends and looks, including Sienna Miller and Kate Moss' boho phase - her first job was at, sourcing the best deals for everything from restaurants to designer sales.

However she quit after two years to follow her true passion, fashion journalism, and after many years of internships and freelance stints at magazines including Red, Cosmopolitan, Stylist and Good Housekeeping, landed her dream job as the Digital Fashion Editor at Marie Claire UK.

Her favourite part of the job is discovering new brands and meeting designers, and travelling the world to attend events and fashion shows. Seeing her first Chanel runway IRL at Paris Fashion Week was a true pinch-me moment.