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Harry Styles Made This Heartwarming Gesture for a 14-Year-Old Manchester Bomb Victim

Though the Manchester bombing was more heartbreaking than we could ever express, as Ariana Grande herself said, now is the time to “choose how we let this affect us and how we live our lives from here on out. For the singer, that means planning a benefit concert for the victims (who we now know the names of) and survivors, including 14-year-old Freya Lewis. Yet it was another famous musician that left perhaps the biggest impression on the young woman in the wake of the tragedy: Harry Styles.


According to the Manchester Evening News, Lewis was the best friend of Nell Jones, who was sadly killed during the bombing. Lewis herself required CPR when first responders arrived at the scene and is currently in intensive care at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital after suffering multiple fractures, lacerations, and burns when she was hit by shrapnel. Having already spent more than 10 hours in surgery, there are still more planned to deal with the extensive damage done to her young body.

Styles, who was one of many celebs to speak out following the attack, apparently caught wind of her plight and felt compelled to do something about it. As a post from the blog the teen’s family has set up on her school’s website to update her peers on her recovery revealed, Lewis, who has been heavily sedated and spending much of her recovery sleeping, woke up to a very special phone call. “[T]he phone rang, and it was Harry Styles…Freya woke up, Harry said he loved her, she said she loved him, then Dad said he loved him!!” (Awwww, too sweet, Dad!)

Manchester bombing flower memorial

The family also gave an update on Lewis’s condition in a subsequent post, revealing that she is now aware of what has happened to her, the tragedy she has survived, the recovery she faces, and the friend she lost. “After we all calmed down after speaking to Harry, Freya had a comfortable night. At 0600, she came around completely for the first time, her memory kicked in about the events of Monday night, and she started asking questions. This was the moment we had been both waiting for and dreading.”

While those around her have chosen to allow Lewis to decide which details to share (a choice which we totally respect and applaud), they do note, “She understands, with absolute clarity, what happened on Monday night and what injuries she has sustained. Freya’s response to all of this information has been incredible, beyond any words. Her strength is phenomenal and inspiring.”

We couldn’t agree more!

What do you think about celebs reaching out to victims after a tragedy like the Manchester bombing? Let us know @BritandCo!

(h/t E!; Photos via Emma McIntyre + Jeff J Mitchell/Getty)

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Alright, folks. We've officially made it to fall. And if you haven't already started switching out your decor (as long as it's ready by Friendsgiving, right?) you still have time to do so. Draw inspiration from this round-up of new home products that includes harvest-inspired candles, cozy linens and textiles, and a v. practical piece of furniture. One scroll through these, and you'll have all the motivation you need to transition the seasons. Scroll on to start shopping.

Prism x LOREM Collection ($96+): Calling all Cali babes. The popular Long Beach boutique, Prism, announced a boho-fabulous collab with home decor line, LOREM, that we can't get enough of. Shop everything from plant hangers (eight options, to be exact) to artwork, all inspired by the very colorful vibes of the brands. If you were looking for a cheery way to tide you through winter, this. is. it!

Floyd Mattress (Price TBD): Fans of the cult-favorite Detroit-based brand will love their latest launch debuting on October 29. The highly-coveted Floyd Mattress will have the same made-to-last design and superior comfort as their other furnishings, tailored perfectly to fit the line's in-demand bed frame. Additional details for the mattress include a breathable foam material, highly-mobile packaging, and a low-profile design to secure your best night's sleep yet. Check back on the last week of the month to get one for yourself.

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NEST Spiced Orange & Clove Collection ($16+): If you haven't experienced the addicting aromas of the beloved NEST fragrance brand, this is the perfect time to get on board! The label recently released their latest scent — spiced orange & clove — just in time for all your gatherings. Inhale festive notes of orange pomander, spiced brandy, cinnamon, and gingered honey across their suite of candles and diffusers to bring all the good vibes to your home.

Bloomingdales x RiLEY Home ($19+): RiLEY Home gets millennials. So they teamed up with Bloomingdales to make shopping their selection more attainable than ever. Now, you can get in on long-lasting, luxurious staples like flannel sheets, bedding, printed throws, premium pet beds, and more, by shopping online and in-stores at the department store. (Trust us: These dream goods are ones you're going to be *glad* you stocked-up on.)

Italic Serene Towels ($12+): The luxury brand that prides itself on using the *same* factories namesake brands (like Calvin Klein and Lacoste) use, but without the price tag behind them, brings you a new product for fall. Treat yourself to Italic's ultra-soft towel set spun from fluffy, 100% Australian cotton, in a convenient set of six. Consider it the perfect indulgence after a long soak in the tub on a cozy FNI (Friday night in)!

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