Beyonce Sends Flowers to Grieving Family, Applies for Sainthood
Pretty soon, we're going to run out of ways to compliment Beyoncé. The Queen Bey fan hysteria is at an all time high and it's like the woman herself has a checklist of accomplishments she wanted to knock out of the way before her 40th birthday. TIME Magazine's Most Influential Person? Check. Highest-paid black artist of all time? Check. Getting paid to spend the summer singing with her husband in the On the Run tour? Check. At this point in her career, Beyoncé could probably just kick up her feet to take a Rip Van Winkle length nap and still end up making a couple of million during that time, but what makes Beyoncé so utterly deserving of all her accolades is how down to earth and generous she is. Case in point: Beyoncé sent flowers and a handwritten card to the grieving family of a fan who died of cancer.
Chelsea Lee James was 15 years old at the time of her death and Beyoncé had already made her dreams come true. At a concert in 2009, Beyoncé drew the little girl on stage to sing with her and dedicated her finale song, "Halo", to her. The video was posted to YouTube and shows then 11-year-old James crying and smiling as she meets her idol.
They met again in November 2013 when Camp Quality, a children's cancer charity, organized a backstage meeting for James and Beyoncé on the Mrs. Carter Show World Tour. James passed away surrounded by family and friends on April 21 and Beyoncé sent the family a bouquet of white roses along with a note.
"Donna, love and prayers to you and your family. Chelsea was a beautiful girl and I am so happy I was able to meet her. She touched my heart and I will never forget her," says the card, which James' mother, Donna, posted a picture of on Facebook with the caption "A big thanks to Beyoncé xxxx".
Beyoncé isn't the first celebrity to do something nice for a fan or even the only one to do something recently. Taylor Swift flew to Ohio to attended the bridal shower of one of her fans and Ed Sheeran serenaded a fan in her final moments thanks to the efforts of a supremely effective Twitter campaign. However, Beyoncé is, as we've all noticed, an even bigger deal than she's ever been before, so just the fact that she is also the kind of person who takes the time to do things like this is one of the many, many reasons I am proud to call myself a fan of Queen Bey.