Word just in that singer Amy Winehouse was found dead in her Camden Square apartment. While the singer’s problems with substance abuse have been very public, there is no official cause of death yet.
While celebrities respond to the news, one stood out for me: Kelly Clarkson penned this poignant musing on her website:
“I heard the news about Amy Winehouse. I’m incredibly sad. I didn’t know her but I met her a few times and got to hear her sing before she blew up. She was a beautiful and talented girl. I’m angry. What a waste of a gifted person. What a shame she saw no hope and continued living her life in that manor. I have been that low emotionally and mentally and that is overwhelming. I keep asking myself why some of us are spared and the others are made examples. I’m very angry and sad. I don’t know why it’s bothering me so much. Sometimes I think this job will be the death of us all, or at least the emotional death of us all. Maybe that is why as a little kid in sunday school I learned that God didn’t want false gods or idols. I thought it was terribly selfish of God as a child but I think I get it now. He didn’t want us following people or things that are imperfect and not so much for the followers but for the gods and/or idols who will never be what everyone wishes or needs them to be because we are made imperfect. He knew we wouldn’t be able to handle the pressure, the shame, the glory, or the power the spotlight brings. I am distraught. I am also extremely grateful and thankful for the people who love me and support me. Without such amazing friends and family who knows where I’d be. My thoughts and prayers are with her friends and family. I am so sorry for your loss. I pray for peace in your hearts.”
Wise words, to be sure, in this celebrity-driven pop culture, and words that are important for both mainstream and Christian entertainment fans. It’s not just “the world” that puts their celebs on a pedestal; it happens in the Christian music world, too.
Our prayers are with the Amy Winehouse’s friends and family. And thanks, Kelly Clarkson, for sharing that message.