'Everything’s going to be okay': Pink stops concert midway to comfort grieving teen who lost her mother
"My name is Leah – I’m 14 years old. I lost my beautiful Mom last month. I would LOVE a hug…Please!" Leah Murphy's sign said as she stood in the audience at Brisbane
Pink's kindness and maternal instincts shone brightly after the singer stopped her Brisbane concert midway to embrace a teenage girl grieving for her mother.
During the show in Australia on Tuesday, the 38-year-old 'Perfect' singer stopped singing in the middle of her setlist after she noticed a girl in the audience holding a sign that said, "My name is Leah – I’m 14 years old. I lost my beautiful Mom last month. I would LOVE a hug…Please!"
After reading the sign to the rest of her audience, Pink immediately stepped down from the stage to find Leah Murphy in the crowd. Once she found the young fan, the singer gave her a sweet hug. Apart from that, she took two selfies with Leah and even autographed her arm.
"I was crying a lot and Pink said, ‘Oh don’t cry, you look so pretty. Everything’s going to be okay.’ She was really nice. She’s really sweet," the Townsville-based teenager told Yahoo 7 network in an interview. Leah said that just a few months before the concert, she and her mother, Debbie — who had passed away in June — got tickets for Pink's Sydney show this month, which got canceled due to the singer's illness.
“We used to sing [her songs] always together and dance around the house,” Leah recalled her fond memories with her late mother. At the same time, her father, Chris Murphy, added that “Pink really lifted the spirits of our family so much.”
According to ABC, Leah's aunt Katrina Donkin had organized for her to attend the show in Brisbane and was overjoyed that her efforts to get the singer's attention did not go in vain. "She's just a huge, huge fan of Pink, and so was her mum, so it was just amazing she took the time to give her a hug," she said. "I just really feel it was a hug from heaven. I do feel her mum orchestrated the whole thing."
Though it was a happy and memorable moment for Leah, her aunt also added that the hug with Pink almost did not happen. Just the night before the concert, Leah's aunt realized the tickets were still on her bedside table in Cairns, which is over 1000 km away.
"I rang my neighbour, my neighbour broke into my house and got them and handed them to someone I know who works on the check-in desk at Qantas," Donkin added. Her friend then asked the pilots of a flight that arrived in Brisbane if they could take them down and they agreed. Donkin then went back out to the airport and the captain handed her the envelope with the tickets.