Earlier this week, Dev Hynes aka Blood Orange, was the victim of a tragic fire in his home. He lost ten years of possessions, personal and professional work, and, most tragically, his puppy Cupid. The following day, a fundraiser was launched for Hynes' by his girlfriend's mother. Fans and friends have been donating to help him get on his feet, but Hynes has taken to Tumblr to express some discomfort with the support.
If I am honest, the fundraiser makes me feel extremely uncomfortable. This isn’t me saying I don’t need the money, to reiterate, i have lost everything. But maybe it’s time I down some anxiety medication see a doctor and try and play some shows y’know? There are things i can do, although it will take years, that can help myself rebuild, a huge part of me is still struggling with understanding the events of two nights ago, and where to take my life from here.
Hynes is considering donating the money raised by donations to three as-yet-undecided charities and is giving donors the opportunity to decide what they want him to do with the money.
I want to give all the money to charity, 3 charities to be precise which I will explain further at a future point, that’s how I feel, i’m being spoken to by people who are close and understand my situation and are trying to advise me. As I probably am still in shock, and may not have a choice but to accept some of the money, and then think about charities, I don’t know… I don’t know where my head is at right now…
One can only imagine that after such tragedy, while feeling very grateful for the support of friends, family, and fans, that it can be extremely difficult to process and grieve. Our thoughts are with Hynes.
Read his entire very thoughtful and appreciate note here.