There have been tons of celebrity tributes posted to George Michael since his passing on Christmas Day, but Mariah Carey's homage to Michael on her Instagram may be the most bittersweet one yet. Perhaps its because the picture she posted is a personal one. It's grainy and sort of blurry, but that's what makes it all the more sweet. It's not showy, it's not of the best quality, but it captures a moment to remember between friends, and that's what really matters in this instance.
To further the sentimentality, the singer explained how in awe she was of Michael, even though she, too, is a superstar in her own right. It just shows how much of an impact Michael made to those in the same industry as him and to those who rose to be huge stars, as well.
In the heartfelt caption, Carey wrote, "George Michael, you were such an inspiration to me and I am honored to have not only been your fan, but a friend as well. May you rest in peace 😢❤️."
It's such a humble message of grief, that it tugs at your heart strings extra hard. And as sad as we may be feeling over the Wham! singer's passing, it's hard to not feel Carey's grief along with it.
On the bright side, while the photo is clearly one that evokes a sense of longing for a different time, it also shows a brightly beaming Michael. It's bittersweet to look at, but comforting to know that both singers shared such a good memory with one another, one that Carey felt like sharing with her social media followers. There's something about her admission of being a fan, too, that makes the tribute feel special. Like the entire world, regardless of status, are all feeling the same sadness and there's a definite comfort in that. Carey's post makes it clear that Michael's death affected everyone in a decidedly personal way, whether you knew him or never met him at all.