Raw video: Pink interrupts Brisbane show to comfort a fan
Pop star Pink pauses concert to comfort a young fan who recently lost her mother.
Pink took a moment during her concert in Australia on Monday to run down the stage and the comfort of a 14-year-old girl who lost her mother only two months before the start of the show.
The singer stopped her set in Brisbane after Leah Murphy’s sign caught her attention. Leah was in the audience with her aunt, Katrina Donkin, and waving poster boards that read: “Hi, my name is Lea. I am 14 years old and I lost my beautiful mother. I would like a hug.”
Donkin told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation that in the first instance, the singer could not read the signs. Other fans started grabbing the plates and began to wave with them to get Pink’s attention.
“I had strangers in the crowd take them from us and they wave. It was just enough for Pink to say, ‘what is that?'” Donkin called on to the network. “They could not read, but someone gave her a small brochure about Leah and they read.”
Pink then began to walk in the direction of the Lea and hugged the 14-year-old.
“We ended up on the front row and Pink just loved her…it felt like 20 seconds,” the aunt said. “And Leah is only 14, she is a tiny thing and she was crying hysterically in her arms.”
“Pink was so sincere, she said,” Hey, don’t cry, everything’s going to be OK,'” Leah said.
Pink took a selfie with Lea after the sweet exchange, and the signing of the teenager’s arm with a marker, according to Donkin. The singer went back on stage and told the audience to your mother” before continuing with her set.
Donkin said Leah hasn’t stopped talking about the special moment.
“Pink was so sincere, she said: ‘Hey, do not cry, everything will be ok.'”
– Leah Murphy recalls her time with the pop star
“I haven’t seen her smile so much in there. Her father said he woke up feeling happy today [Wednesday], happier than he has in a long time,” she said. “I simply really feel like a hug from heaven. I feel her mother arranged the whole thing.”
Lea’s mother, Debbie, had purchased tickets to go see Pink in concert before her death. The teenager, her aunt, and her friends flew from north Queensland to Brisbane to see the concert.
But the special hug almost didn’t happen. The night before the concert, Donkin realized that she forgot the tickets at her home in Cairns. They had a neighbor to break into her house and retrieve them. The neighbor then gave to an air carrier Qantas employee she knew.
“They asked the pilots of a flight, arrived in Brisbane on time for the lunch and if they could take them down and she said,” yes,” Donkin said. “They gave them over to me…I went back to the airport and the captain walked away, and gave me an envelope.”
Katherine Lam is a breaking and trending news digital producer for Fox News. Follow her on Twitter via @bykatherinelam