Marie Claire-Rupio, the partner of the late Ghanaian footballer Christian Atsu, recently addressed the criticism she received after sharing a dance video on social media. In a heartfelt statement, she explained that dancing serves as her coping mechanism in dealing with the overwhelming grief following Atsu’s sudden passing.
As a German-born dancer and writer, Claire-Rupio shared a video of herself dancing to Davido’s popular song “Unavailable.” Instead of receiving the support and empathy she hoped for, the comments section was filled with judgment and criticism. In response, she felt compelled to shed light on her intentions and the importance of finding healthy ways to manage her grief.
In her message, she wrote, “I am writing just to say a few things, yes I posted a dance video. Not because I am happy, but because I have to find a way to deal with my grief. I am not alone; I have 3 children to take care of by myself. I can’t lose myself because I need to be strong for them. And in Europe, you deal with mental health in a lot of ways, and dancing was always my passion. So, excuse me, but please just think before you write something or put it on YouTube. Thank you.”
Furthermore, Claire-Rupio shared the daily challenges she faces, stating, “We are missing Christian every single day, and it hasn’t been easy. Especially when you have three children who are asking every day for their dad! I am doing my best.”
The tragic loss of Christian Atsu, the former Ghanaian winger, occurred during the devastating Turkey earthquake in February. Since then, Claire-Rupio has been navigating the profound grief while fulfilling her responsibilities as a single parent.
Grief affects individuals differently, and finding healthy outlets to process emotions is crucial for healing. Dance has been Claire-Rupio’s lifelong passion and a way to express herself, even in the face of immense pain. It serves as a source of strength and a means to keep her spirit alive while she takes care of her children.
Critics should exercise empathy and consider the complexities of grief before passing judgment. Each person copes with loss uniquely, and finding solace in activities that bring joy and distraction can be an essential part of the healing journey. Let us extend support and understanding to those grieving, allowing them the space to navigate their emotions in their own way.