Alicia Keys is offering a look into her complicated relationship with her father. On Thursday, May 14, the “Empire State of Mind” hitmaker shared with her social media followers an emotional letter her 14-year-old self wrote to her absent father through a montage video that features photos from her younger years.
Over two-minute long, the video posted on Instagram began with the 39-year-old singer explaining in a voiceover, “The letter I sent to my father began not with ‘dear dad’ or even ‘dear Craig’ but simply with the date in the upper left hand corner.” It could be seen in the clip that the letter was dated July 10, 1994.
The letter itself opened with Alicia admitting, “It saddens me that most of my heart is bitter towards you. It’s only that little part that feels sad that’s not bitter. It’s been too long for me to avoid this any longer.” It ended with her stating, “All I want is for you to mind your own business. I don’t want the phone calls. I don’t want the letters. I don’t want the fake acts you pull to try and make me think you care. I don’t want anything.”
In accompaniment of the montage video, the wife of music producer Swizz Beatz spilled in the caption that it was an excerpt from her new memoir, “More Myself”. She went on to share, “In the early part of my teens I wrote this letter to my father, Craig. I wanted nothing to do with him. My words came from a place of vulnerability and longing.”
“At the time it hurt so much to experience what felt like empty promises. I swore I didn’t care, but I did and it affected me deeply,” she continued. “I finally had enough and wrote those words. It’s CRAZY that he kept this letter after all these years. I was so shocked when he first showed me. It was tucked away in a shoe box full of memories. I’m glad he and I can look back at it now as a sign of how far we’ve come.”
The Grammy winner then encouraged fans to share their own stories. “If you feel moved to share, send me a deep relationship that you have had to remove from your life, or one that has been mended, or that you want to see evolve, or are working on changing,” she said.
“I think it’s so powerful that relationships have their own path. And sometimes they are meant to heal…,” she noted near the end of her post. “Regardless though, most of the time the healing comes from letting go.”
“More Myself” has hit the shelves on March 31.