What happened to Tom Grennan? New York attack on Little Bit Of Love singer explained - will shows be affected?

Grennan is expected to make a full recovery, but ‘needs to temporarily recuperate’

Singer Tom Grennan has postponed a show in Washington as he recovers from an "unprovoked attack" that left him with a burst eardrum.

Following a concert in New York on Wednesday (20 April), the British musician is reported to have been assaulted and robbed outside a Manhattan club.

Here is everything you need to know.

What happened to Tom Grennan?

In a statement, his manager John Dawkins said: “In the early hours of this morning after Tom’s New York show, he was the victim of an unprovoked attack and robbery outside a bar in Manhattan.

“Tom is currently being assessed by doctors for his injuries which include a ruptured ear, torn ear-drum and issue with his previously fractured jaw.”

The Little Bit Of Love singer is “desperate not to let anyone down”, however his management team have taken the “precautionary decision” to postpone his Washington show to a later date, it was announced.

Grennan rose to prominence as a guest vocalist on Chase & Status' ‘All Goes Wrong’, and his solo album, 2021's ‘Evering Road’, reached number one.

At this year's Brit Awards, Grennan's song ‘Little Bit of Love’ was nominated for song of the year.

Is he OK?

The Bedford native was previously assaulted by a bunch of strangers when he was 18 years old, leaving him with a metal plate and screws in his jaw for the rest of his life.

Despite the attack, Dawkins said Grennan is in “good spirits”, but “needs to temporarily recuperate whilst doctors assess his ability to continue with his touring.”

In March, Grennan opened up about his mental health, and said that counselling had given him "light at the end of the tunnel."

How will the attack affect future shows?

As a result of the attack, Grenna has had to cancel his Friday (22 April) performance in Washington, DC.

“We will update on future shows should changes need to be made,” Dawkins’ statement added.

Grennan is expected to take part in charity football match Soccer Aid for a second year this June, and has said he hopes it will bring a sense of “unity and pride” to people as he returns to play.

This year he will star on the England squad, which will be managed by Harry Redknapp and captained by former One Direction singer Liam Payne.

This year’s match between England and a Soccer Aid World XI will feature a variety of recognisable faces including debuts by TV presenter and comedian Alex Brooker, actor Lucien Laviscount and former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger.

It will also see the return of Usain Bolt as captain of Soccer Aid World XI, as well as Martin Compston, Mo Gilligan, Gary Neville, Fara Williams, and Chunkz all returning to the pitch.

Grennan’s status for the match is as yet unconfirmed, but with the event a couple of months away, it is likely hoped he will have made a full recovery.

Soccer Aid 2022 will take place at the London Stadium on Sunday 12 June and will be aired live on ITV.