“I lost my dad (in August 2021) and eight months later I lost someone very, very, very close to me,” she said.
All great works of art come from processing our own pain. Pink also did the same for her album, Trustfall, for which she pulled inspiration from her father's death. The Just Give Me A Reason singer opened up to USA Today ahead of the release of her ninth studio album Trustfall to discuss how her grief led to the first track on the album When I Get There.
“I lost my dad (in August 2021) and eight months later I lost someone very, very, very close to me,” she explained. “So within a year, I lost two of my favorite people. When I Get There is beautiful because it’s simple. It sort of distills down that (thought of), I wonder where you’re at and if everything’s OK,” she added.
Pink, born Alecia Moore, released the lyric video for When I Get There on the occasion of Valentine’s Day, which featured home videos of the singer from her childhood. She will go on tour for Trustfall this fall. The video paid tribute to her late father and included a voiceover from the veteran that played over several of the older clips.
“I thought it would be nice if you had some memories of how it all began and where you all came from, and some of the memories through the years,” her father said. “It’ll always be so important to all of us.” Pink also shared a clip from the video on Instagram as she penned an emotional note in the caption about her dad. “Sometimes love leaves us too soon. On Valentine’s Day- I cherish the love I have that I can touch- and the love I have in my heart for those who have gone on to the next adventure,” she wrote. “This one’s for you, Daddy Sir. #whenigetthere #trustfall #hewasmyfirstvalentine.”
During her interview with USA Today, she also reflected upon what role the emotional events of the last few years, including the pandemic and her father’s death, played in creating her new album and why it became a "three-year process."
"With the pandemic and my dad’s passing and then any time your kid is sick, it distills down what is important," she said. "And when a parent passes away, it’s like this suitcase you’re going to be unpacking the rest of your life, which also makes you think about well, who am I and who do I want to be and what’s keeping me from that? And then, what are my priorities?” she elaborated.
She continued, “My priorities are to live an authentic human experience and be completely transparent about it and to love and cuddle with my kids as long as they’ll let me.”
After his death in 2021, Pink also penned an emotional tribute on what would have been her late father's 76th birthday on Instagram. She wrote in part, "You and i’s hearts have always been a bit broken. And you’re the only one that understood that without having to talk about it. I don’t know where you are. And therefore I don’t know where I am either. Anyways Happy birthday Daddy Sir. Gone but not forgotten. I won’t miss you yet. I’m not ready.”
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