Grieving widow of Christian Atsu defends dance video as coping mechanism
Christian Atsu's widow, Marie Claire-Rupio, has responded to critics of a dance video she shared on social media, explaining that dancing helps her cope with the grief following her husband's untimely passing.
Claire-Rupio, a dancer and writer of German descent, recently posted a video of herself dancing to Davido's popular song "Unavailable." However, instead of receiving support and empathy, she faced criticism in the comments section.
Taking to her Instagram story, Claire-Rupio addressed the backlash, stating, "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."
She went on to share the challenges she faces in her daily life, expressing, "We are missing Christian every single day, and it hasn't been easy. Especially when you have 3 children who are asking every day for their dad! I am doing my best."
Christian Atsu, a former Ghanaian winger, tragically lost his life in the devastating earthquake that struck Turkey in February. Marie Claire-Rupio continues to navigate the immense loss while caring for their children.