P!NK was in for quite the surprise when a fan gifted (?) her their mother’s ashes mid-song during a London gig over the weekend. Watch a clip of the moment below.
The ordeal went down at the British Summer Time festival in Hyde Park, while P!NK was singing her song “Just Like a Pill.” She reached down to pick up a Ziploc bag full of a mysterious powder that had been thrown onstage, and was apparently labeled as cremated remains.
“Is this your mom?” P!NK asked an audience member. “I don’t know how I feel about this.” She looked really, really uncomfortable, setting the ashes safely down behind a speaker. After taking a few seconds to collect herself, she resumed her performance in spite of the morbidity of it all.
Fans on Twitter discussed the ethics of such a morbid spectacle: “OK so my friends were stood near this lady and back story is…her mum couldn’t get out much as she was so ill when alive,” one person explained. So this lady takes her ashes places… guess she got her mum on the stage with pink. We all do things differently.”
The ash-dispensing is just the latest in what seems to be an increasing uncomfortable trend of concertgoers throwing objects onstage at performers. Earlier this month, Bebe Rexha had to get stitches after a fan threw his phone at her mid-set, while Harry Styles got some Skittles straight to his eye last November. Last year, Kid Cudi ended his headlining set at Rolling Loud Miami early after the crowd kept pelting objects at him. Let’s try to stick to bras, people.
Someone gave their Mothers ashes to Pink. I need yall to have boundaries like girl what?! 😭😂 pic.twitter.com/OkL4762fEs
— Andrew (@AsAndrewSpeaks) June 26, 2023
OK so my friends were stood near this lady and back story is..her mum couldn't get out much as she was so ill when alive so this lady takes her ashes places. So she get out now it's not everyone's cup of tea but if it gives this woman comfort then that's up to her. Not for me tho
— Mrs Amy Wright-Foster (@missamyleigh) June 26, 2023