'Rest in peace dad': Phoebe Bridgers announces death of her father with heartbreaking throwback pic

'Rest in peace dad': Phoebe Bridgers announces death of her father with heartbreaking throwback pic
Phoebe Bridgers wrote a song titled 'Kyoto' about her complicated relationship with her late father (Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images, @phoebebridgers/Instagram)

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: Phoebe Bridgers announced the death of her father, with whom she shared a complicated relationship. The singer took to her Instagram to share the news as she captioned an old photo of the father-daughter duo sharing earphones at a restaurant, "Rest in peace dad."

The snap shared by Bridgers shows her younger self with short pink hair with her father by her side. She did not provide any further information about her late father in the post. During an interview with GQ in 2019, the 'Moon Song' hitmaker discussed the strained relationship she shared with him. Bridgers' parents reportedly separated when she was 20. Moreover, she claimed to have struggled with her father as he would not only abuse her but was also a drug addict.

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In her song 'Kyoto' which was written about her late dad, Bridgers talked about how he was "emotionally unavailable, but very present in a weird way." In an interview with NPR in 2020, Bridgers confirmed that she has, however, let go of the anger she felt, "It's nice to not feel, like, emotionally trapped all the time with stuff that you carry into your life. Like, I think I was angry for a long time, and... the song is basically about, like, not being angry anymore," she said.

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The lyrics of the song, "I’m gonna kill you/If you don’t beat me to it," refers to the father-daughter relationship. During an appearance on Amelia Dimoldenberg’s 'Chicken Shop Date', the singer confirmed that she does not feel the same anymore. 

Bridgers’ father worked as a carpenter building structures for film and television sets. It is he who introduced the now Grammy award winner to the singer-songwriters after which she worked hard in order to pursue music as a career. "He was pretty sensitive about money, and he didn’t love it when I was taking guitar lessons," she told the New Yorker in 2020, adding, "But, as far as music goes, he’s the one who listened to Tom Waits, he’s the one who listened to Jackson Browne."

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The singer further explained the on-and-off nature of her relationship with her father. "I feel so much f**king empathy and so much f**king anger toward him," she said. "It’ll always be day to day: Are we talking, are we not talking? What’s the vibe?"

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